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ePS CONNECT 2023 Empowers, Engages, Excites In Las Vegas BY SUSAN RILEY Approximately 700 packaging and print industry leaders and media, as well as industry partners and users of ePS software from all over the world convened in Las Vegas last month to take part in the first CONNECT conference since eProductivity Software (ePS) became an independent company little more than a year ago.

Larsen Packaging Products Acquires Alpha Container St. Charles, Illinois based Larsen Packaging Products has announced the acquisition of Alpha Container in Marysville, Ohio. The acquisition extends Larsen’s scope beyond Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ken- tucky and its ability to provide custom cor- rugated products and packaging supplies to customers throughout the Midwest. Alpha Container is a manufacturer and dis- tributor of corrugated products and packag- ing supplies and has been in business since 1980. Structurally, the former owner and its employees will continue to operate under the Alpha Container name as a part of Larsen Packaging Products. Alpha Container current- ly provides products and services to custom- ers throughout Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. “We look forward to the talent and re- sources this new location brings to the Larsen family. It’s just another step in our company’s desire to provide additional capabilities and inventory to existing and prospective custom- ers’ needs,” said Bill Larsen, President & CEO. “As a manufacturer, distributor, and pack- aging solution provider, Larsen is constantly

ePS Connect 2023 was the company’s prime opportunity to share the value of its workflow automation solutions and take its customers to the next level in optimizing their investment in ePS software tech- nology. The four-day event at the Wynn hotel January 23-26 offered a great variety of educational breakout sessions designed to excite and empower users from all facets of the business with a wide range of responsibilities. The conference provided numerous opportunities to provide feedback, network with like-minded peers and speak with ePS experts. “When we became an independent, global software tech compa- ny it was very important to us that we would establish CONNECT as more than just a user conference, that we would be able to basically transform it also to a kind of industry event — to have an event that is enriched by top industry ecosystem players that would join us and pro- vide a broader perspective and more value to all the attendees,” said ePS CEO Gaby Matsliach in his opening keynote. CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 ePS CEO Gaby Matsliach in his opening keynote at CONNECT in Las Vegas.


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looking for ways to complement our design-to-delivery spectrum of services. The acquisition of Alpha Container is a prime example of this commitment.” Larsen Packaging Products is a $27-million custom cor- rugated manufacturing company selling a full line of some Larsen Packaging Acquires (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1)

AVERAGE CONTAINERBOARD PRICES The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout the United States the week previous to issue. Prices in some areas of the country may be higher or lower than the tabulated average. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

42# Kraft liner $ 9 55.00-960.00 $ 9 70.00-980.00 $ 9 70.00-980.00 $ 970.00-980.00 $ 1000.00-1 010.00 $ 9 73.00-983.00

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SHEET PRICES BY REGION (AVERAGE) Per 1MSF, local delivery included, 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. Sheets

E. Coast Midwest South-SW S. CA N.CA/WA-OR US Aver.

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107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

116.54 137.25 117.82 145.56

141.08 148.46

122.76 131.80

CANADIAN SHEET PRICES (AVERAGE) In Canadian Dollars, per 1MSF, local delivery included, under 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. 200# 275# Oyster UC 275#DW 350#DW $78.56 $99.18 $9.00 $96.32 $105.83 CANADIAN LINERBOARD & MEDIUM The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout Canada. Prices may be higher or lower in various areas of the country. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser. Prices are Canadian $ and per metric ton.

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Graphic Packaging To Build $1B Paperboard Mill In Waco, Texas Atlanta, Georgia based Graphic Packaging Holding Com- pany announced it is building a coated recycled paper- board mill in Waco, Texas. The $1 billion capital investment represents the largest economic development project in Waco to date. Graphic Packaging manufactures fiber-based consum- er packaging solutions for the world’s leading consumer product and food service companies. The Waco facility will be in the heart of Waco’s largest industrial park, Texas Cen- tral Park. The 119-acre campus will be home to 640,000 square-feet in production and warehousing facilities and will offer approximately 230 new jobs with an average an- nual salary of $65,000 and full benefits.

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“We are looking forward to joining the Waco commu- nity and working with the great talent base in the area. We appreciate the strong support and engagement we re- ceived from the City of Waco and McLennan County as we conducted our site selection process,” said Michael Doss, President and CEO of Graphic Packaging. “Building a new recycled paperboard mill in here will enhance our ability to meet growing global demand for packaging made with recycled materials.” “After nearly a year of discussions with Graphic Packag- ing, we are pleased to welcome them to Waco,” said Mc- Lennan County Judge Scott Felton. “A group of local lead- ers and I spent a good amount of time with the company’s executive team, and we visited one of their facilities. They are committed to health and safety and value the opportu- nities Waco offers for community partnerships.” Graphic Packaging is embarking on a significant capital investment to modernize and grow its CRB platform in re- sponse to consumer demand for more recycled materials in their packaging. The Waco investment will allow Graph- ic Packaging to upgrade its CRB capacity and take advan- tage of a growing recycled fiber-based packaging market. Graphic Packaging’s decision to locate in Waco rep- resents a regional economic development collaboration between the City of Waco, McLennan County, the Waco Industrial Foundation and the Greater Waco Chamber, with all entities partnering to provide support for the project.


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Plans Are Underway For TAPPI CorrExpo 2023 In Cleveland

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month December 2022

Plans are underway for TAPPI CorrExpo 2023, which is set for August 28-30, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio. View the pre- liminary schedule at for details. First off will be the popular “Effective Methods to Max- imize Diecutting Productivity” class on Sunday, August 27. Industry veteran Rick Putch will explain equipment differ- ences, general maintenance needs, and structural design differences that influence quality and profitability. Attend- ees will gain a better understanding of machine limitations on flatbed and rotary die cutters and learn the importance of a tool readiness program. The Tuesday evening event at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will be a 4-hour extravaganza with food, beverag- es, and entertainment — all included in the full conference registration. Attendees will test their musical skills in “The Garage” for collaborations and jam sessions or learn to play an instrument. Visit to see the 2023 Floor Plan and find out who is currently signed up. If you are interest- ed in being a CorrExpo 2023 Sponsor or Exhibitor, contact Linda Cohen at or (914) 944-0135. Visit to book hotel accommodations and view the “Things to Do in Cleveland” list for the best CorrExpo ex- perience.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2022 2021

30.124 34.180


7.927 8.545


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2022



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2022 2021

400.520 416.189


7.979 8.291


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2022 2021

2.4260 2.7360


32.5461 33.8321


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

2.2603 2.2586


3.5 3.6


Shipping Days




2022 2021

19 20

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Mill Rock Packaging Acquires Keystone Paper & Box Company New York, New York based Mill Rock Packaging Partners LLC announced that it has acquired Keystone Paper & Box Company, a specialty packaging company that manufac- tures custom folding cartons for consumer and healthcare end markets. Mill Rock Packaging, formed by Mill Rock Capital in 2020, is a specialty packaging company focused on de- sign, innovation and technology. The transaction marks Mill Rock Packaging’s expansion to the Eastern U.S. and its fourth acquisition. In connection with the transaction, Keystone’s leadership team has made a significant invest- ment in Mill Rock Packaging. Management will remain with the company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Keystone, based in South Windsor, Connecticut, and founded in 1944, is a leading high-end paperboard pack- aging company focused on premium, multi-SKU, de- sign-intensive packaging solutions and related services, including product engineering, prototyping and produc- tion. The company’s core offerings span a broad range of high-performance, sustainable, customized folding car- tons for food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, health and beauty and other daily-use products. The company oper- ates a state-of-the-art production facility with substantial capacity for growth.

“I am very proud of what we’ve achieved at Keystone since our founding by my grandfather,” said Jim Rutt, Pres- ident of Keystone. “Through our partnership with Mill Rock Packaging, our customers will gain access to high-quality production facilities in the Midwest and West Coast. I am delighted that Mill Rock Packaging shares our commitment to quality, integrity and service, and I look forward to future growth leveraging our combined resources.” Keystone marks the platform’s initial expansion to the East Coast and will integrate with Mill Rock Packaging’s other operations in the West and Midwest. The company will operate six production facilities offering design-inten- sive and sustainable paperboard packaging to an attrac- tive range of daily needs-driven consumer markets. “We welcome the customers, suppliers, and associates of Keystone to Mill Rock Packaging,” said Mill Rock Pack- aging CEO Allen Ennis. “We look forward to accelerating growth across the platform with Keystone as our flagship East Coast production and service center, supported by continued investment into its team and capabilities.” “This is a highly strategic transaction that enables us to serve our customers from coast to coast, fulfilling Mill Rock’s initial vision to create a national consumer packag- ing powerhouse,” added Mill Rock Packaging Vice Chair- man and Mill Rock Capital Senior Partner Bob Feeser. “We are excited to work with the Keystone team to advance our vision of a unified, national, specialty packaging growth platform.”

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Drees To Succeed Kotek As CEO, President Of Menasha Corporation Neenah, Wisconsin based Menasha Corporation has an- nounced that James M. Kotek will retire from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer in March. The

Donald C. Shepard, III, Chairman of the Board, Menasha Corporation. “Jim led Menasha Corporation through a pe- riod of unprecedented growth while maintaining a singular focus on a guiding principle—people first. The Board and our shareholders are sincerely grateful to Jim for his ded- ication to Menasha Corporation and wish him all the best in his retirement.” “It has been an extraordinary honor to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Menasha Corporation,” said Kotek. “To have had the opportunity to lead such a unique and histor- ic business has been humbling. I’m proud of the success we achieved and of every employee who contributed to making that success possible. Finally, I’m confident that Chris Drees is the right leader to build on that foundation and drive the Company to even higher levels of success in the future.” Drees joins Menasha Corporation following a suc- cessful 24-year career at Brunswick Corporation, during which he progressed through successively

Menasha Corporation Board of Di- rectors has appointed Christopher D. Drees to succeed Kotek effective March 13, 2023. Drees will also join the Menasha Corporation Board on that date. “On behalf of the Board of Direc- tors, the executive leadership team,

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Suppliers Take Center Stage At Chicago TAPPI ‘What’s New’ Event More than 100 corrugated industry professionals attend- ed Chicago TAPPI’s ‘What’s New’ event on February 7 in Oak Brook, Illinois. After a social hour and buffet dinner, each of the eight suppliers, pictured below, delivered an eight-minute presentation on their latest and most innova- tive products and services.

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The presenting suppliers were, from left, Eric Sexton- son, Sales Manager; Ducker-Ringwood Automation; Ro- man Skuratowicz, Lead Project Development, Ingredion; Cody Brant, Midwest Sales Manager, AG Stacker; Evan Clary, North America Sales, JS Machine; Tim Engel, Na- tional Sales Manager, Baysek Machines; Phil Eads, Senior Sales Manager, Corrugated Equipment, Kolbus America; Mike Ludwig, Kadant Johnson; and Shawn Spencer, Vice President of Sales, Dicar. Rusken Packaging Appoints Rogers Corp. Director Of Strategic Markets Cullman, Alabama based Rusken Packaging announced the appointment of Joe Rogers as the new Corporate Director of Strategic Markets. Rogers will be responsible

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Amtech Software Names Nelson, Woerner Senior Vice Presidents Fort Washington, Pennsylvania based Amtech Software, a provider of software and hardware solutions for the corru- gated manufacturing industry, announced the addition of two new team members: Danna Nelson, Senior Vice Pres- ident of Products, and Bill Woerner, Senior Vice President of Customer Operations.

ware. “We’re thrilled to have her join the Amtech team and we know she’s going to bring real innovation to the way we support our customers.” Woerner will lead Amtech’s implementation, managed services, and support teams, with an acute focus on op- erational excellence to ensure customer satisfaction and drive increased value across Amtech’s customer base. He

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Avis Industrial Announces Formation Of Recycling & Waste Equipment Div. Upland, Indiana based Avis Industrial Corporation has an- nounced the formation of its Recycling & Waste Equipment Division, which brings together three wholly owned Avis subsidiaries: American Baler Company, Harris Waste Man- agement Group and International Baler Corporation. The three companies, which have been in business for a combined 289 years, offer the largest breadth of recy- cled materials baling solutions, operate four manufactur- ing locations, and support the largest global installed base of balers for recyclables. While each company will contin- ue to operate individually, the new structure will bring to market unmatched recycling and waste compaction solu- tions. As a result of the divisional focus, the individual busi- nesses will realize benefits through best practices sharing, process standardization, organizational optimization and consolidated corporate reporting. “We began building our ownership position in these companies back in 1979,” says Greg King, president and CEO of Avis. “As an industrial holding company focused on long-term investment and growth, Avis is committed to optimizing the value and solutions these companies offer to their customers and team members. Our capital base allows us to support their business operations, which en- sures unmatched support for their customers.”

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based ePS, previously the productivity software business of Electronics for Imaging (EFI), announced in January 2022 that it had become an in- dependent global software company after being acquired by an affiliate of Symphony Technology Group, a private equity partner to market-leading companies in software, data and analytics. Attendees had the chance to access the latest technol- ogy, including Packaging Suite 11 which is set for release in the second quarter, and offer their input on what their needs are and what they would like to see in the future. Along with industry thought leaders Pat McGrew and Ryan McAbee, there were deep dive learning tracks targeting packaging businesses, large and small, specializing in folding carton, corrugated packaging and more, as well the eFlow tools that technology users can adopt to en- hance their bottom line in terms of controlling costs and improving efficiency and profitability.

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the Flexible Packaging Association, who spoke about sus- tainability and the goals they are encouraging people to pursue, and Jessica Lobo, Global Goals and Climate Pro- gramme Manager from the UN Global Compact Network UK, who discussed their initiatives. ‘End Market’ Solutions With more than 30 years in the business, Matsliach said ePS has a long evolution of focusing on “end market” solutions for every facet of the industry. Efforts to enhance these capabilities started with introduction of the Pro- ductivity Suite known as eFlow and the three areas most unique in the packaging and print industry: estimating and quoting, dynamic scheduling and software management, all of which are designed to work in harmony with a com- pany’s existing software management system. Matsliach said that becoming a standalone company gave ePS an opportunity to look at more ways to bring value to their customers by focusing on the unique needs of each industry and then determining their own strategies and additional investments necessary to empower results for their customers. “We are committed to being the right partner,” he said. “Hopefully our first year as an independent compa- ny demonstrated to you how serious we are and about vest and drive an innovative product roadmap, one that is worthy of the recurring investments you are mak- ing with us. We are com- mitted to expand our value proposition organically and through acquisition to be able to provide more breadth, more depth and many more ecosystem partnerships. “Our passion, as I’ve indicated, is always about unlock- ing business value so every time you open your doors to us, every time you give us an opportunity to sit down, to brainstorm, to discuss — that’s where our passion is, we love to do that. Looking for ways where technology can help evolve your business and, as I’ve said, doing that in a way that is in line with your DNA, that is in line with your secret sauce, in line with the way you want to run your business.” ePS has more than 4,000 mid-market and enterprise customers globally, across all key verticals within packag- ing and print, including folding carton, corrugated pack- aging, tag and label, flexible packaging, commercial print, publication, mailing, display graphics, and more. For more information, visit . the future of the business, about our industry and how passionate we are in terms of driving value to our cus- tomers. “We are committed to in-

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SUPPLIER REPORTS 2023 (PART 3) ALLIANCE MACHINE SYSTEMS INT’l Spokane, Washington: Marius Batrin reports, “Happy New Year from the team at Alliance! We thank all of our custom-

tomatic, operator-assisted machines to fully automatic equipment that frees operators for other duties. Whether making 800 boxes per minute on a high-speed flexo folder gluer or maximizing the die cut area of a rotary die cutter, our products include fully automated robotic load formers, palletizers, stackers, prefeeders, pallet handlers, specialty folder gluers, and more. “After a very strong showing in 2022 for sales on back-end automation, the trend seems to be continuing in 2023. Automation not only improves productivity, but it can also save labor. Many of our customers are replac- ing two older, low-productivity lines with one automated high-productivity line. The new line can be run with two operators, whereas the older lines required three opera- tors each. The result is for a three-shift operation, 12 oper- ators can achieve what took 18 operators to run two lines previously. At $75,000 per operator per year, that’s anoth- er $450,000 in savings. “What was unique about 2022 was that instead of focusing on one segment, our focus shifted towards all segments of palletizing. Alliance sold four models: the high-performing Raptor 4x2, the Raptor RDC for die cut palletizing, UltraPAL, and the cross-functional RaptorPAL. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

ers for placing their trust in Alliance products and systems. After a cou- ple of very robust and hectic years, we believe the machinery segment will cool as customers digest the ca- pacity purchased in 2021 and 2022. We see GDP cooling and interest rates rising to 10-year highs. GDP is

Marius Batrin

important to the integrateds who fund the projects from cash flow, and interest rates are important to the indepen- dents who usually finance their projects. “Alliance Application Engineers have been helping box makers advance finishing equipment speeds and produc- tivity, contributing to the growth of the corrugated industry. Our team of Development Engineers have created innova- tive solutions to handle a wide variety of box production needs, from small e-commerce containers to jumbo-sized specialty boxes. Our customers look to us to help them maximize profits and we take that responsibility seriously. “Alliance offers high-speed upstream feeding and downstream handling systems that range from semi-au- BCN(US)202209(QS618)(o)(出血5mm).pdf 1 2022/8/30 下午 02:03:19









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Your Corrugator Could Use More Brain Power.

Fully Synchronized Splice Control: u Automatically aligns & removes splices for grade and width changes u Stores & recalls each grade's process values u Simplified interface requires almost no operator involvement CoparSolutions SyncMaster ™

The CoparSolutions SyncMaster enhances both old and new corrugators making operations run smarter, more efficiently and more reliably. CoparSolutions products are customized to the exact ways you operate.


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“Recently, Alliance released the latest solution for dig- ital printer prefeeding. Based on our reliable and proven FeedMAX platform, the digital print prefeeder feeds the board into the digital printer on the long dimension and is capable of either inverting or not inverting the board. Additionally, two lanes of board can be fed simultaneously into the digital printer, effectively doubling its throughput. In the early fall of this year, we will be launching our New Electric Prefeeder. “We continue to maintain our focus on productivity-en- hancing technical innovations, such as bottom sheet sys- tems that use vision technology to scan random-size dun- nage and automatically compute the number of sheets required to ensure exact placement of each sheet and obtain the coverage needed. “With more than 16,000 installations around the world, our team of engineers offers technical expertise across the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and beyond backed by a robust customer care staff who provide dedicated installa- tion, training, service, parts, and other support. “Alliance’s mission is to build trust and create value for our customers, seek new ways to innovate, employ posi- tive communication, and operate with integrity. In today’s world of labor shortages and pressure to do more with less, Alliance Machine Systems International, LLC contin- ues to provide world class solutions to all our corrugated customers.” Visit . ARC INTERNATIONAL Charlotte, North Carolina: Mike Foran reports, “To meet the growing demand for corrugated packaging, box

With widths up to 210" the J&L is the most versatile specialty folder gluer in the corrugated market!

plants must keep their manufactur- ing equipment -- corrugators, flexo folder-gluers and flexo die-cutters -- in tiptop condition with minimal downtime. When a feed, anilox, wip- er, glue, meter or knife roller requires replacement, it is critical that the newly fabricated or reconditioned

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replacement roller meets the OEM specifications in order for the roller changeover to go smoothly and without a hitch. “At ARC international, in Charlotte, North Carolina and Las Vegas, Nevada, upon the receipt of a roller for recon- ditioning, the roller goes through a thorough inspection process to determine exactly what needs to be addressed (i.e. balance, diameter, TIR or total indicated runout, taper, bearing surfaces or bores, gear steps, broken journals, keyways, threads, bolt holes, engraving, etc.). An OEM blueprint is matched with the roller to ensure that each critical tolerance is addressed. Inspection photographs are attached to the roller confirmation and sent to our cus- tomer for review.


Phone: 509-535-0356 Fax: 509-535-0399


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Truck. Loads. More.

Corrugated printing has gone from basic to beautiful in 10 years. With the explosion of packaging demands and shorter print runs, speed has become the #1 capacity driver.

One of our customers tells us automated complete plate cleaning in < 4 minutes adds 25% capacity in a working week with FlexoCleanerBrush™

He calls it ‘Truckloads More Capacity’. You can do your own math.

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“At both ARC manufacturing plants, we are able to ad- dress any issue in-house in order to minimize lead times. All journal repairs are made with true weld versus inferi- or sprayed materials which easily fail. If a roller needs too many repairs or the wall is too thin to maintain OEM in- tegrity, a newly fabricated replacement roller is suggested. These new rollers are dynamically balanced to ensure no deflection issues at high speeds. “For the corrugator wet end, both engraved and matte finished glue applicator rollers are routinely supplied with a cladded stainless-steel surface that is guaranteed against rust or corrosion for five years. Meter rollers are supplied with either tungsten carbide or our premium chrome ox- ide ceramic finish for superior wear and durability. On the dry end, knife rollers are supplied with tungsten carbide, molybdenum or carboxylated nitrile, whatever the OEM recommendation. “On flexo folder gluers and die cutters, laser engraved anilox rollers are manufactured with the latest laser tech- nology, featuring Fibretronics™ and Twin Track™ capability, which provide the most efficient and consistent engraving quality for superior graphics. Every ceramic roller receives an infused surface protectant to eliminate the possibility of corrosion or blistering. Upper feed rollers are supplied with durable nitrile material in either single or dual durom- eters. A visual wear grid can be applied to the feed roller surface to indicate when the roller becomes undersized to avoid adding more pressure which leads to board crush. “Our field technicians routinely perform roller audits to determine whether rollers are worn, damaged or plugged, in order to provide timely maintenance schedules for plant personnel. Our inside sales and customer service repre- sentatives are very experienced in knowing OEM specifi- cations and making engraving recommendations. “The next time you need a new spare or reconditioned roller, call an ARC representative at (800) 526-4569. With our Shipping Made Easy™ program, we can supply all the paperwork and arrange the pickup of your roller. Our peo- ple know the correct weights and dimensions to ensure accurate billing and we take on any shipping liability.” Visit . CST SYSTEMS Kennesaw, Georgia: John McQueary reports, “CST Sys- tems has announced the launch of a new energy-recover- ing hybrid brake designed to improve each phase of the corrugated production process. The Revolution by Renova is a patented system that combines a regenerative motor and pneumatic brake working in tandem to help ensure maximum performance in all working conditions. “Customers from places as far as Quebec and Costa Rica and as close as Atlanta, are all worrying about the same things. Chiefly, as market demand softens and labor costs remain high, customers are seeing they can rein- CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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