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Features 8 Renewability and Sustainability: Wise Use of Natural Resources


By B. A. (Ben) Thorp


14 Innovation, Strategic Thinking, and Taking Print to a New Level By Bob Chung

Cover Feature 18 Drupa 2012 Selected List of Exhibitors 28 2011 Golden Cylinder Awards – Publication Category 40 Gravure Day At CalPoly University

By Sarah Willis

In Memoriam 36 Thomas K. Allison, Jr. 38 Barbara Metzger


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Our Focus 2012

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Our Focus 2012

or 2012, we are making several changes to GRAVURE magazine so that we can better meet our commitment to our readers, i.e., publish a magazine that focuses on the Gravure industry as well as key events and “Happenings” within the industry and the Gravure Association of America. The necessary changes were the timing and focus of the spring, summer and fall/winter issues so we could provide coverage of two very important industry events—drupa and Graph Expo. drupa is held every 4 years in Dusseldorf, Germany. It will be the focus of the April/spring issue. The drupa trade fair is the printing industry’s leading international event with many new technologies from global technology leaders and newcomers on display. It is a good opportunity for comparison of new products and services and to obtain hands-on knowledge of some of the latest technologies. Visit our website for more drupa information. This year, the summer issue of Gravure will be published in August so that we can focus on Graph Expo which is held in Chicago every couple of years and alternates with the Chicago Print Show. Graph Expo 2012 will be held at


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the McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL from Oct 7-10. If you cannot attend drupa, then Graph Expo is a must event. You will not only have a chance to see and discuss technologies introduced at drupa, but also advancements and new developments that normally follow drupa. The fall/winter issue will now move to the later part of November. It will focus on new technologies, particularly as they pertain to printed electronics and the GAA/INEMI Printed Electronics Symposium. In addition, it will feature the Golden Cylinder Award winners in the packaging, product and publication categories and the 2012 Cylinder Society inductees. This is a year of change that will offer some challenges to address, but it is also a year where new opportunities will present themselves. If you would like information on the issues or are interested in advertising or advertorials please contact our editor and associate publisher, Linda Casatelli at lcasatelli@ I would encourage you to read Linda’s column in this issue as well. Best Regards, Bill

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pring has arrived, and with it many of the printing industry trade shows and conferences. However, all the focus this year is on drupa. For those unfamiliar with drupa—staged every four years at the Fairgrounds in Dusseldorf, Germany, drupa is by far the largest trade show in the printing industry. This year’s dates are May 3-16. For many companies in the printing industry, it is the target venue for the launch of their new products, technologies and innovations. Despite the depressed economy, with 17 Halls and approximately 1850 exhibitors, drupa 2012 promises to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors. This issue, we have included a selected list of exhibitors (page 17) that may be of interest to those involved in the gravure industry. Following on drupa’s heels is the Gravure Association’s Environmental Workshop from June 19–21, 2012 at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC. With the increasing concerns on all fronts about environmental issues and the growing number of environmental regulations and legislation, this is a must attend for all involved in the printing industry. Co-chairs Hans Wegner of National Geographic Society and Dennis Aler of RR Donnelley have put together an outstanding program. To give you a taste for the types of information that will be presented, this issue features an article based on B.A. Thorp’s presentation from last year’s conference. “Renewability and Sustainability: Wise Use of Natural Resources” by B. A. (Ben) Thorp 6

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(page 8) explains why renewability is not equal to sustainability and goes on to discuss why sustainability is needed by our society, nation and planet. While it uses The Forest Products Industry (FPI) as an example, the author notes that an equally compelling picture can be developed for almost any industry. Another feature, “Innovation, Strategic Thinking, and Taking Print to a New Level” by Bob Chung (page 14 ) is also a presentation from one of the GAA’s conferences—the Premedia Conference held this past January. Using Apple as an example of an innovative company, Chung discusses how such innovation can lead to great potential for the printing and publishing industries. Speaking of excellent printing, this issue also highlights the 2011 winners of the Golden Cylinder Awards for the publication category (page 28). Rounding out the issue is a report on the Gravure Day at Cal Poly (page 40), and, we have included a tribute to two respected gravure industry individuals— Thomas Allison and Barbara Metzger, who have recently passed away (pages 36 and 38). A last note… the fall also features several industry shows. Graph Expo will be held from October 7-10, 2012 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, IL. The GAA Packaging & Products Conference will overlap a bit, also staging at McCormick Place from October 9-11. Gravure magazine will be featuring a pre-show guide in our summer issue. Till then…

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Renewability and Sustainability:

Wise Use of Natural By B. A. (Ben) Thorp

on biofuel production in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). This evolution has individual and industrial impact. One personal example is that many have had to replace their HVAC systems because its refrigerants are illegal and not available. One industrial example is that capital investments, which need to operate 20 years for a payback have little future certainty.


he purpose of this article is to develop a compelling picture that renewability is not equal to sustainability and sustainability is needed by our society, nation and planet. The Forest Products Industry (FPI) will be used as an example, but an equally compelling picture can be developed for almost any industry. The picture will illustrate that selecting inappropriate goals, drivers or policies can result in significant harm. Figure 1 below illustrates the evolution of environmental goals and measurement systems: Figure 1: Goals and Measurement Interaction1

*Direct means impact “inside the fence”. Indirect impact means impact of imports is included. There are three major observations: • First, goals and measurement systems are not static but have been evolving from the 1962 publication of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson to the life cycle analyses imposed


• Second, as illustrated by the dates, our nation is moving from the upper left to the lower right. While the direction is generally positive, there have been and will continue to be difficulties and unintended consequences. One unintended consequence is that many 1980’s plants that are fully in compliance with row 3, have identified (under column 2 requirements) significant energy and greenhouse reduction projects that are affordable and doable. However, many of these environmentally sound projects make the whole facility subject to new permit conditions. The vast majority of these environmentally friendly projects do not get implemented. That is an unintended and real consequence.

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FEATURE • Third, we are not finished. There will be more rows and columns. More importantly there is a whole infrastructure built to the earlier standards that cannot be sacrificed. The real question is not being addressed. That question is how much personal and industrial impact is really necessary and how much can we stand. The concern is that Congress is not equipped to address these questions.

Pulp and Paper Wood Use in the U.S.

Let’s turn to the concepts of renewability and sustainability. A recognition of volume and efficiency are essential for defining these concepts. Renewability is using materials that CAN BE replenished. In the FPI, wood is the primary raw material and it is definitely renewable. However, if we harvest indiscriminately, as has been done in other countries, wood will not be sustainable. In this situation, nations and industries dependent on wood suffer. Sustainability is using materials that ARE replenished. Therefore efficient use and recycling are important. For efficient energy, we will use British Thermal Units (BTUs) sold divided by BTUs purchased. The FPI has a sustainable practice. In FPI lingo, the cut rate is lower than the growth rate. The U.S. Forest Service provides an inventory of standing timber board feet. These and other concepts push FPI from renewable to sustainable in wood use. Unfortunately, this sustainability is not well known by the public and by industries that use nonrenewable resources. The dark green in Figure 2 shows regions of the world where there is a net gain of forest resources. The red in Figure 2 indicates a net loss of forest resources. Light green is maintaining forest resources.

Figure 2

istence and nobody takes care of things like those who are dependent on them. This makes the U.S. pulp and paper industry both renewable and sustainable for its major raw material.

Energy Use

The reason to focus on energy second is that it is the second largest input to most pulp and paper mills. The best energy savings will be achieved by focusing on the largest users. Figure 3 shows energy use and energy loss for the 16 largest users excluding utilities which are not considered an industry by many who study energy. Figure 3: Energy Used and Lost for 16 Industries

The top five industries account for 80% of industrial energy use. FPI is third at nearly 3.0 Quads (quadrillion BTUs) and

Figure 2: World Forest Inventory2

The picture we see is not what we would guess from everyday media coverage. The only major regions of the world where there is a gain of forest resource are the U.S., Scandinavian and Japan. Pulp and paper is a major industry in these countries. The pulp and paper industry is dependent on trees for its ex-

Figure 3 Source: DOE Energy Loss Reduction and Recovery in Industrial Systems

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has a lower % loss than the other four large users. While this is good, there is another factor not shown. Pulp and paper is UNIQUE in that it self-produces 65% of its total energy need or about 1.4 Quads4. No other major industry produces its own heat and power. More importantly, this production is from renewable and sustainable sources. Black liquor contains the lignin from the tree and is burned in a chemical recovery furnace. Bark removed from logs and some mill residue is burned in a solid fuel boiler. The high pressure steam generated is passed through a step down steam turbine to produce electricity. The output electricity, steam and hot water are typically used in the mill processes. This combined heat and power system has thermal efficiencies which exceed 75%. Figure 4 is a DOE representation about how Combined Heat and Power (CHP) work. Figure 4: CHP System5

In pulp and paper (and other industries), spent steam and hot water from the steam turbine are used in the mill process, which maximizes the energy use. This high efficiency helps to make the process both renewable and sustainable. This fits large facilities well but the volume of steam for small facilities presents economic hurdles.

CHP System Produce the Power On-Site and Recycle the Waste Heat from the Prime Mover 15-30 units thermal 30-35 units electricity

100 units fuel input Natural Gas Propane Biomass Waste Products Others

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Figure 5 should raise many questions including the following two questions: 1) are you sure electric production in the U.S.

Conventional Electric Generating Systems 65 units thermal • Stand alone central power plant 100 units fuel input

35 units electric Central Station

economy of scale

• 100 units input = 35 units of electric • Remainder lost as heat

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is at 35% efficiency? and, 2) why is electrical production with biomass only 20%? The first answer is absolutely. DOE tracks this number and it has averaged 34% for decades. Now, the next question may be what happens to the other 65% of the input BTUs. Studying Figure 6 provides a pictorial answer.

10-15 units thermal

Figure 6: Photo of a Utility7

Heat Exchanger 30-35 units thermal

70% to 85% combined efficiency is common

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Now consider what happens when legislation and public pressure force the use of wood toward things like the production of power supplied to the grid from standalone facilities. Figure 5 shows typical electric production efficiencies for conventional standalone electric production facilities which represent 99% of those in the U.S.


Figure 5: Conventional Electric Generating System6

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The large emission cloud to the right is water vapor from the cooling towers associated with the utility. The steam from a pass through steam turbine goes to a very inefficient condensing turbine, which produces a small amount of electricity while stream is condensed to hot water. Much of the hot water goes to cooling towers before release into the receiving stream. This is sad for a nation which imports vast quantities of energy. Now, why does the use of biomass make the efficiency so much lower? There are many reasons. First, woody biomass typically contains 50% moisture which has to be evaporated. Second, the wood burns at a lower temperature which produces lower steam pressure. Third, lower pressure steam turbines have lower efficiency.


when a renewable power standard was narrowly removed from 2007 EISA. Only Massachusetts with the famous Manoment Study has put up significant resistance and not entirely with the soundest reasoning. The Manoment Study focused on carbon emissions and backed into sustainability by making the assumption that there was no wood waste available in the study area and that none would be available in the study period. While this may have been true of the study area it is not generally true in the U.S. Using carbon emissions as a surrogate for sustainability is not recommended. All of this supports the point that sustainability is the superior goal and that to get it right one must focus on the right policies and drivers. Figure 6

The key question becomes: Is 20% efficiency a sustainable practice? So far, no one has been willing to develop a position that it is a sustainable practice. Yet many states have renewable power standards which allow or encourage biomass to be included in the mix. Utilities incurring increased cost for this renewable capacity, which is required for compliance, are allowed to petition their Utility Commission to add these costs to the rate base. This inefficient use of wood hurts national sustainability and disrupts the wood market because the utilities are less concerned about controlling passed-through cost. The story can and frequently does get even uglier when jobs are considered. If renewable power legislation disrupts a market in a way that causes wood to be diverted to boilers, factory jobs are lost. This is because it takes fewer jobs to run a boiler than run a factory turning the same amount of wood into higher value-added products. So while a few jobs are created, more jobs are lost. The numbers can be staggering and will be illustrated in the next presentation. This is not a criticism of the utilities. It is a criticism about U.S. regulatory practices. One example is that there is a practice of not taking testimony from impacted industry because it will be self-serving. Yet few legislators and agency personnel know how industries work. That is a major cause of job loss in the U.S. and the allowance of unintended consequences. The Federal government almost went down this same pathway

Let’s return to the use of wood. The Advisory Council on Energy for the National Conference of State Legislators requested a presentation. Their fundamental question was prefaced with the recognition that when we consider renewable energy legislation there is usually no debate about solar, wind, or even geothermal. Why then is there always controversy about biomass? The short answer is there is little competition for sun, wind and geothermal but there is significant competition for wood. Also, the focus has been on an inappropriate policy of renewability not sustainability. The 2007 wood flow in Finland was documented and put into a complex but understandable graphic shown in Figure 7. Figure 7: 2007 Wood Flow in Finland (cubic Meters)8

Maps for the U.S. would look similar, except that there would be additional waste in the form of forest slash. It is this waste that some are seeking for biofuel production; so, over time the U.S. forest slash will also be used. In Finland and other countries almost the entire harvest is already used. The major point is that this is a complex market in which the waste from one user becomes the raw material for another user. As expected, in this diagram the wood is used for its highest value and the highest value generally creates the most jobs. Another factor is that the use is seasonal and harvesting changes daily based on demand and weather. Rain in the south and thaws in the north make certain tracks of wood not harvestable for days or weeks. Harvesting also changes by season as homebuilding is lower in the winter. Harvesting also changes over time as new companies are formed and some older companies close. However, policies without industry specific information tend to be static and not responsive to short-term, mid-term or even long-term market fluctuations.

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Total growing stock 2 201.1

Wood flow in Finland 2007, million m3

26.3 Annual increment of growing stock

Annual growth 99.2

Natural drain 2.8

Total drain 72.9

Forest chips 4.8 Small-scale use of forest chips 0.4 Total from forests 5.2

Forest chips for heat and power production 2.8

Total removals 63.9

Used wood 1.0 Export of round wood 0.8 Export of waste wood 0.4


Domestic round wood for indusry 59.4

13.6 + 2.4

Sawn timber 12.5 For pellet production 0.3 Solid biofuels 4.5

Plywood industry 4.0 + 0

Sawmill industry 28.0 + 0

Chips export 0.2


30.0 + 9.4

10.6 + 3.2 Solid biofuels 2.7

Plywood 1.4

Solid biofuels 0.8 For pallet production 0.4 Other wood industry products 0.4 + 0.9 Fibre and particle board 0.5

Chips 1.2

Sawmill + Chips 10.2

Mechanical an semimechanical pulp industry

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Solid biofuels 0.8 Chemical pulp industry 17.7

Black liquor 17.7

Policies without industry specific information tend to be static and not responsive to short-term, mid-term or even long-term market fluctuations.

Solid biofuels 3.6

Figure 7

The major conclusions are few: 1. The pulp and paper industry is sustainable in its use of the major raw material and more sustainable than any other major industry in energy.

2. Over time the pulp and paper industry can be sustainable in energy, even generating excess energy. 3. The nation will derive benefit from a focus on sustainability and real drivers. 4. The nation can be harmed from a focus on renewability and surrogate measures. 5. The nation should value testimony from industries which are to be regulated.. 6. The nation should clearly understand the value chain to be regulated to avoid marked disruptions and avoid unwanted consequences. B. A. (Ben) Thorp is one of the principals at Biorefinery Deployment Consortia and can be reached by visiting:

References 1. “Environmental Policy Uncertainty”, presented by B.A. Thorp at PaperCon, Atlanta, GA, 2011. 2. “Meeting National Goals: Pulp and Paper Industry – A Major Partner”, Biofuels Digest, November 12, 2010, Harry Seamans, B. A. Thorp and Masood Akhtar. 3. “Energy Loss Reduction and Recovery in Industrial Energy Systems”,prepared for DOE by Energetics, circa 2004. 4. Pulp and paper represents 75 % of FPI or about 2.25 Quads. Of this 2.25 Quads, pulp and paper self-generates 65% or 1.4 Quads. 5. CHP and District Energy Overview, presented by John Cuttica, BTEC Webinar May 25, 2011. 6. Ditto, some updating from other DOE sources 7. Ditto 8. “Sugar Platforms in the Biorefinery”, presented by Niklas Von Weyman, 3rd Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference, Stockholm Sweden, March 2011.


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SAVE THE DATE! The GAA will hold its 8th annual Environmental Workshop at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC on June 19-21, 2012. This year’s theme is

Co-chairs Hans Wegner of National Geographic Society and Dennis Aler of RR Donnelley, along with a committee of dedicated individuals, are putting together a program that promises to be outstanding. Some of the speakers and topics include: • An opening keynote address by Larry Selzer, CEO, The Conservation Fund • Procurement and Sourcing panel moderated by Kim Nagele of JC Penney and joined by experts from World Resources Institute Legality Alliance and Mead-Westvaco • Advances in Sustainable Forest Management panel moderated by Ralph O’Connor, with presentations by Andrew Bevan, Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement Secretariate; Amanda Carr, Canopy; Pat Sirois, State of Maine and Mike Ferrucci, Interforest, LLC • Progress and New Programs in Paper Recovery & Recycling & Extended Producer Responsibility discussed by Dave Schirmer, Hearst Enterprises with Gretchen Spear, A F & P A and Robert Cook, AbiBow Recycling LLC, a division of Resolute Forest Products and Kathy Kneer, Poyry • An in depth discussion on environmental success stories from Dennis Aler of RRD and Hans Wagner, National Geographic Society and Ron Wald, SGS • Update of Two Sides from Phil Riebel; and Mark Pitts from A F & PA discusses the Paper Check Off Program • Don Carli enlightens us on sustainable issues of paper and digital media • Thursday morning kicks off with a keynote address from Todd Gartner, World Resources Institute You can register online and check for program updates at If you prefer, contact Allen Krusenstjerna to register at 201.523.6042 x104, or

If you have any questions, please contact Bill Martin at 434.325.7688, or


Innovation, Strategic Thinking, and Taking Print to a New Level By Bob Chung Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc., had just passed away, when I was asked to discuss “innovation and strategic thinking” for the GAA premedia conference. Since Apple is the largest technology company in the world by revenue and profit, I decided to discuss Steve’s lifetime pursuit of innovation, how he led Apple Inc. in creating many great products, and then relate how innovation and strategy can help achieve the same greatness in the printing and publishing industry. This article will discuss what it takes to innovate; how does one strategize; and taking print to a new level.

What It Takes to Innovate

Together, the two established Apple Computer in Jobs’ father’s garage when he was 21. And the rest is history. Period


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Innovation is the use of effective methods to build better products, processes, or services that are relished by markets and society. The approach to innovation differs from individual to individual. To Steve Jobs, innovation began with his curiosity and interest in electronics when he was a teenager. Like any teenager, he did not know what he wanted out of his life.

Apple’s product line, as shown below, is a reflection of innovation (http:// These represent a number of product lines spanned over 35 years. Not all product lines were successful in the markets. What matters the most is that Apple used one product, Mac OS, to develop many successful product lines over the years.

Steve Wozniak, a Steve Jobs’ high school friend from the Silicon Valley, invented a hand-built personal computer. It was not a great product, but it gave Steve Jobs the serendipitous idea to sell the computer.

Apple’s product timeline has two important distinctions: innovation and continuous improvement. Different product lines, i.e., from Macintosh to iPod, iPhone, and iPad, reflect the innovation


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aspect of Apple that transformed many industries and markets. In this case, the introduction of Macintosh, PageMaker, and

PostScript laser printer gave birth to the desktop publishing technology in 1980s. The iPod and iTune digital hub changed the landscape of the music industry in 2000s. The iPhone was a breakthrough in the cell phone market less than five years ago. The iPad—which my two-year old granddaughter uses to watch Pixar’s Toy Story—is poised to replace laptop and desktop computers in the future. Different models within the same product line reflect the continuous improvement aspect of Apple as a leader in a specific industry segment. The Macintosh line of


products from 1984 to current is an example of the continuous improvement aspect of the Apple. As a faculty member teaching digital color management and printing process control, my career has been accompanied by just about the entire Macintosh line of computers. How does one innovate? To Steve Jobs, it was his innate tendency to challenge the status quo and to “Think Different.” To Apple, Think Different means focusing on not what the computer can do, but what creative people could do with the computer. Think Different also means making the computer simple and easy to use. The intuitive GUI (graphic user interface), from mouse to multi-touch screen, eventually became the DNA that allowed Apple to innovate by integrating digital technology and art to produce beautiful things what were powerful yet easy to use.

To Apple, innovation is like a fire — however, while innovation can spread like a fire, it does not happen by itself. It requires a vision, leadership, serendipitous discoveries, and strategy. Steve Jobs recognized the computer as an enabling tool that can be used to build products that people love. Under his leadership, Apple’s product designers and engineers were inspired by the possibilities that Apple’s products could make the following user wishes came true: • “What if you could be your own publisher?” • “What if you could have a thousand songs in your pocket?” • “What if you could store addresses, photos, and videos in your phone?”

you have control over while minimizing the risks associated with those factors you don’t.

How Does One Strategize

Apple’s second strategy is its ability to maximize the end-to-end control of product design, manufacturing, and distribution. There was great debate about whether digital devices should be open or closed between Apple and Microsoft. Bill Gates argued that an open system offers choices and invites innovation, while Steve Jobs argued that a closed system could take away the intimidation of computer and replace it with enlightened user experiences through better product design and engineering. Because of its closed system strategy, Apple has a small market share with high profit margin in the personal computer industry, but very large market shares and profits in the music, mobile phone, and tablet computing industries.

Strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal. An effective strategy is a plan to achieve a particular goal by maximizing those factors

ISO 15339-1 in a Nutshell ISO/DIS 15339-1 (2011) is an emerging international standard that addresses the new paradigm of printing from digital data and product color match from design to print. Recognizing that characterized reference printing conditions is the basis for defining printing aims regardless of printing processes, ISO 15339-1 (a) specifies 7 characterized reference printing conditions (CRPC), plus an alternate dataset, (b) accounts for the difference between the production paper and the white point of the CRPC, and (c) extracts printing aims from the dataset and uses CIEDE2000 as the color tolerance metric for assessing proofing and printing conformance.

Apple’s first strategy is to be able to focus on its niche. Walter Isaacson wrote in his book, “When John Scully was at the helm of Apple in 1990s, the sales guys ran the company, and the product guys didn’t matter much.” Apple ended up with too many existing products that didn’t sell and Newton was a failure when rolling out. When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1996 after being fired in 1985, he was selective in new product design and development (keeping it simple), thus Apple was able to rebound.

Apple’s third strategy is its ability to maximize the speed and quality of the product design and development without sacrificing its passion for design and technology integration. In other words, it is often not the strategic plans that compete against each other, but rather the speed and quality with which they are implemented. Apple’s fourth strategy is to focus on building a lasting company. Many companies know how to build innovative products once in a great while. Few companies GRAVURE/Spring 2012







Gravure printing press

Karl Klic


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know how to build lasting companies. A lasting company must not be trapped in the innovator’s dilemma, i.e., fear of cannibalizing itself. A lasting company must reinvent itself with a sense of urgency. What is a sense of urgency? Having just came out of his first battle with cancer and in his 2005 Stanford commencement speech, Steve Jobs used the phrase, “I’ll be dead soon,” to describe what really mattered to him as the CEO of Apple (http:// For those, like me, who grew up with Apple II, the sense of urgency could also be related when playing the video game of a frog, jumping from one moving lily pad to another, trying to stay one step ahead of disaster.

Taking Print to a New Level

The GAA Premedia conference focused on innovation and strategic thinking. Innovation and strategic thinking are not new to the gravure industry. In the table above are some examples of outstanding innovations and significant improvements that the industry has introduced since Karl Klic invented the gravure printing press in 1879. The issue we need to address is not “Can the industry innovate?” but rather, “Where is the next wave of innovation and continuous improvement?” In other words, “How do we take print to a new level?” Today, print is only a part of a corporation’s cross-media communication strategy. Simply embracing print media alone is not a recipe for success. Instead, the com16

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panies who succeed in this environment will be the ones that “Think Print Different.” Here’s the first example: • An RIT printing alumnus is the CEO of a company that supplies training manuals to an international automobile supplier. In an effort to improve its margins, he convinced the automobile supplier to switch from conventionally printed training material, supplied in large batches, to digitally printed training materials, supplied on a just-in-time basis. Although the

price per digitally printed manual was twice as high as the price for a conventionally printed manual, inventory cost savings and superior service justified the switch. Unfortunately, after investing in digital technology and convincing the automobile supplier to switch, the alumnus found that the high unit costs associated with digital printing greatly limited the potential margins, and he was still not satisfied with the profitability of the business. • In this case, the insight required to “Think Print Different” came from the realization that the demand for some manuals could be forecasted, while demand for other manuals could not. Understanding the business processes of his client led him to propose the development of an Internet-based scheduling system for the automobile supplier’s training programs. The incentive for the automobile supplier was that if the sup-

RIT Printing Standards Audit (PSA) Printing Standards Audit (PSA) is a process for assessing if graphic arts workflows and organizations conform to nationally or internationally recognized standards. There are two levels of conformance: PSA Certified and PSA with Honors. PSA certification is a three-step process: (1) a printer identifies a workflow and the relevant standards as the conformity requirements and contact RIT for an PSA engagement, (2) printer prepares for the audit and RIT implements the audit, and (3) RIT assesses the audit findings and recognizes the printer with a printing certification if passed. Review of the audit findings is mandatory if the printer did not pass the audit.


plier used this tool, the printer would automate the printing and delivery of the manuals. Again this was a convincing argument and the automobile supplier said, “Yes”. • But there’s more to the story. Once the system was installed, the alumnus was able to use data from the scheduling system to identify forecastable manuals. This allowed him to take the risk of printing forecastable manuals in large batches on conventional presses. Since the automobile supplier was insensitive to the production technology being used, the printer was able to sell these low cost manuals at digital prices and create a high profit business model by “Thinking Print Different.” The second example of “Think print different” is to adopt the new international printing standard, ISO/DIS 15339-1 (ISO, 2010). Working to international printing standards enables the printer to achieve quality of printed color regardless of the printing technology platform used. You may ask, “What’s the difference between conformance to the traditional standard and the new standard?” • Traditional printing standards, e.g., ISO 12647-4 (ISO, 2005), specify colorimetric aims for solids and TVIs. When printing conforms to these aims, it does not mean that product colors are in conformance. The ISO 15339-1 standard specifies a characterization data set as the printing conformance aims. • The new standard requires printers to calibrate the press to a targeted characterization dataset and makes provision to modify printing aims to account for the substrate difference. Printers who can achieve this level of quality can take print to a new level by matching product colors across different printing technologies (see side bar 1).

The third example of “Think print different” is to adopt printing certification based on well-defined printing standards. Printing certification is verification, by a third-party, that specified requirements relating to a product or process are fulfilled. Certification helps to build trust between printers and print buyers. • Being certified helps printers to differentiate themselves in the market. It also enables print buyers to recognize the printer as a preferred print supplier in today’s competitive market. • RIT is committed to help the printing industry take print to the next level. RIT developed a printing certification program, known as PSA or Printing Standards Audit, that offers certification of conformance to a dataset to printers in the U.S. Certified printers produce superior quality for their customers, while enabling process control, upholding quality, and cutting wastes. (See sidebar 2)

nologies, we need to unify different media workflows into a coherent whole. The business model for the e-media is nowhere near developed as the business model for print. There is a need to embrace the new media business model without cannibalizing the print business. This was why publishers, like the New York Times and TIME magazine, were reluctant to yield their subscriber database to Apple’s Digital Store when Steve Jobs approached them in 2010. The printing and publishing industry also thrives at the intersection of graphic art and digital prepress and printing technology. It is now up to us to take print to a new level. How do you “Think Print Different”?


Steve Jobs and Apple Inc. thrived best at the intersection of artistry and technology —creating products so intuitive anyone can enjoy. Apple’s innovation and strategies not only has been transforming many industries, but also enabled a new lifestyle in today’s society. As I listened to presentations and interacted with participants in the conference, I quickly realized that everyone was aware of the technology diversion among print, email, web, Internet, and mobile media. Given the diversion of today’s media tech-

(The original ‘Think Different’ ad belongs to the Apple Company)

Bob Chung is Professor, RIT School of Print Media. This article is based on a presentation at the Gravure Association of America Premedia Conference. For further information, he recommends Walter Isaacson’s book on Steve Job.

References 1. Isaacson, Walter, Steve Jobs, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1-4516-4853-9, 2011. 2. ISO/DIS 15339-1: 2010 Graphic Technology — Printing from digital data; Part 1: Basic principles. 3. ISO 12647-4: 2005 Graphic technology — Process control for the production of half-tone colour separations, proof and production prints — Part 4: Publishing gravure printing.

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Exhibitor List drupa, the largest trade show in the printing industry, boasted almost 2,000 exhibitors in 2008, with 390,000 visitors from 140 countries (including 59% from abroad). drupa 2012, which stages from May 3 to 16, 2012, promises to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors. Gravure magazine has put together a selected list of exhibitors, who may be of interest to those in the gravure printing industry.

Bobst Group Hall 10, Stand A04-1 & A04-2 Bobst Group will be showcasing how it is innovating packaging, printing and converting to help its customers achieve a competitive advantage. The company understands that printers need to meet customer demands related to cost pressures and productivity goals. Bobst Group will present the vision and technologies that will make a difference. It will also be sharing its progress to ensure it provides the optimum service capability to its customer, and will welcome feedback on how it can support you even further.

Cerutti Hall 16, Stand B03-1/B03-2 Cerutti considers itself “a global supplier”—the sisters companies Flexotecnica and Iberica will be present, together with Officine Meccaniche Giovanni Cerutti and the newly born company Cerutti Packaging Equipment, so that it can demonstrate the level of integration existing within the Group. At the Cerutti corner, first of all an important highlight will be dedicated to its historical business, the printing of catalogues and magazines: a new Aurora unit will feature its performances and demonstrate the results reached in terms of competitiveness and flexibility. The main part of the stand will present the platform of solutions developed by Cerutti in the field of packaging printing and converting: for the first time at drupa, all the press models of current products line will be exhibited! These will include the most consolidated ones: a 972 unit, hi-tech fully automatic model equipped with onboard wash-up system, and a 982, the basic and successful configuration, operator-friendly and flexible solution suitable for the most diverse markets, will be shown. Also the recently launched 1060 model will be available, a top performances gravure unit for the high-end market of packaging and specialties printers. Finally, the technical innovation present for the very first time—a brand-new press model, named R1080, will be exhibited: visitors will have the opportunity to see a complete line composed of two printing unit, unwinder and rewinder. In addition there will be a hot-melt coating and laminating line. The company will also present a new project In terms of waste reductions. The sister company Flexotecnica will be showcasing


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a new Flexo Concept, the next Flexo Evolution Flexotecnica developed to embody the essence of strategic principles which have countermarked the last new generation gearless “X” presses, such as the application of innovative solutions aimed at assuring added productivity even with the shortest of print runs, excellent print quality of the printed product and the eco-sustainability of the converting process. Iberica will present its models of sheet-fed platen die cutters too; Speed 105 (standard) and Speed K 105 (with blanking facility), incorporating the latest technical innovations. The most important developments are the new non-stop feeder system and the new register control system.

Daetwyler Graphics Hall 17/C22

The name Daetwyler has stood for innovative process solutions since 1965, and the company has been the global market leader for mechanical engineering competence in the printing industry since that time. The machinery developed is used in the manufacturing and processing of engraved cylinders (pressure rollers), which are found in printers employing intaglio printing methods. The company’s close collaboration with partner company, Heliograph Holding, allows offering customers decisive competence for manufacturing the highest quality intaglio forms. Some of the products Daetwyler Graphics will feature include: Software for production preparation, archiving and image optimization; RIP systems; computer-to-plate systems for flexographic; computer-to-gravure cylinders; electroplating for gravure cylinders; cylinder grinding and engraving machines for gravure printing; gravure cylinders; forms for gravure printing; hardness measurement instruments; anilox roll measurement devices; and applications for printed electronics/printed functionalities.

Daetwyler SwissTec Hall 17/B32

SwissTec AG develops, manufactures and markets replacement and wear parts for the global printing industry. It also markets high-quality cleaning products for flexographic printing, as well as intaglio and offset printing. The high-quality doctor blade has versatile coatings, plastic and stainless steel finishes, as well as doctor blades

Exhibitor List with plastic and rubber lips, allowing any challenge faced during the printing process to be solved. Some of the products SwissTec will feature include: Color measurement and control systems; viscosity control devices; doctor blades; folding machines, folding units and accessories; special consumables for printing; roller washing and maintenance products; cutting blades, punching blades, scoring blades, die cutting blades, die cutting metal plates and cutting sticks; and anilox roll measurement devices.

Dalim Software Hall 7A, Stand D07 Dalim Software, makers of scalable software solutions for the creation, production and management of cross-media content, will highlight the latest release of its

popular customer-facing online on-line production management, ES (Enterprise Solution). This latest version of the ES platform includes a PDFenriching option, and an API for easy connectivity with third-party applications. Dalim software will also show new enhancements to its twist and dialogue engine. For starters, TWIST is as much as four times faster. The DIALOGUE Engine now supports the Just Normlicht viewing booth, to allow better control when using soft proofing during a press check. The Enrichment option lets brands and publishing customers leverage ES server technology to turn otherwise static, print-ready PDF files PDF files into interactive digital magazines, newspapers, corporate publications, brochures and catalogs—even adding movies and slide shows—on the iPad. As one of the first users of ES 3, the paper manufacturer UPM-Kymmene Corporation, will introduce its new ser-

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Exhibitor List vice for all-in-one color and workflow management, UPM ColorCTRL, at drupa. Powered by ES, UPM ColorCTRL is a cloud-based PDF workflow management application, offering approval collaboration, version control, pre-flight checking, collaborative softproofing and color optimization with GMG ColorServer. It is the first full turnkey solution of its kind covering the entire process from creating print ready PDF pages to the final, color-accurate print product. UPM ColorCTRL reduces time to market, and saves users time, materials and investment costs. UPM is piloting the new service with selected customers during the spring and will introduce UPM ColorCTRL at the UPM stand (Hall 06/Stand D60).

DCM Hall 10, D04 DCM Usimeca, a global provider of printing and converting equipment will exhibit its latest products, including the following equipment: LAMINAWAX-2, wax laminator and hot melt coating head for , 1000 mm wide; PUMA surface driven slitter rewinder for large diameter paper rolls, 1400 mm wide; IGRE double turret slitter rewinder, high speed, 1400 mm wide with separated unwind, (demonstrations daily); PANTHERE twin shaft slitter rewinder, high speed, 1000 mm wide with integrated unwind, (demonstrations daily); IM-183 flexo printing press for paper bags, one color.

Eltex Hall 15, Stand B26 Eltex will present its printing assist system ESA EASYCHARGE Exi. Suitable for both sleeves and standard impression rollers, the system works without charging bars and without insulated bearings. With its low power demand of less than one Watt per meter of web width, the system also ensures the lowest possible charges when printing flexible materials (film). The new intrinsically safe ESA EASYCHARGE Exi system is also approved for the explosion hazard group IIB in package gravure printing. It guarantees excellent ink transfer with voltages up to 1560 V and excellent printing results with unlimited impression roller widths. ESA EASYCHARGE Exi is the world’s safest ESA system and is protected by patents in Germany and in Europe. Compact and convenient: this is Eltex’s new and efficient BASIX discharging system. Owing to its small dimensions, BASIX is an excellent choice for a wide range of different applications. Nonstop workflow is ensured by the intelligent RX3 IONSTAR discharging bar. It guarantees efficient and


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powerful discharging with large and changing distances to the material web on the paper and film winder. Small in size but powerful: COMPACT POWER ES24 – the 24 Voltmini power supply. It can be mounted virtually anywhere.

Enulec Hall 15, Stand B61 The company says its exhibits this year are of particular interest to gravure printers / flexo printers and converters of flexible packaging. They include: high-performance Electrostatic Printing Assist systems (ESA) with new innovative technologies and features for excellent gravure print quality and highest safety standards; full control of printing process with the new innovative “GREEN” ENULEC ESA1000 Technology; and the innovation in ESA / Maintenance Free Air assisted charging bars. ENULEC is the authorized and original supplier to the world leading Italian gravure press manufacturers. Some of the advantages of the Enulec ESA System are protected air assisted electrodes cells; special design for high voltage pins (no exposed pins); eliminates regular charge bar cleaning; highest safety standards; capacitance free and safe high voltage impression roller charging; more power available for difficult print jobs; widest range of surface resistance characteristics for impression rollers; longer life times for impression rollers in regards of electrical characteristics; and local support and service.

Esko Hall 8B, Stand A23 Esko will have the biggest trade event presence ever with the largest show space in its history. On the 900-sqmstand, visitors will encounter a solution showroom incorporating Esko’s innovative software, hardware and services portfolio. The show will also mark the launch of range of developments in Esko’s solution portfolio. Visitors will discover a wide array of Software solutions, including the introduction of Suite 12, a major update release of Esko’s workflow software offering for the packaging, label, sign making and display industries. The focus is again on adding value for the user by introducing new productivity and efficiency benefits. Featuring WebCenter 12, Automation Engine 12, Color Engine 12, Studio 12 and the flagship editors ArtiosCAD, PackEdge, ArtPro and DeskPack, Esko Suite 12 raises the bar for process integration from design to press involving all players in the supply chain. Suite 12 provides a complete answer to the challenges of a modern packaging preproduction workflow. The CDI Spark 2530 with digital Inline UV1 and the CDI Spark 4835 Auto with digital Inline UV2 will be on display next to the Digital Flexo Suite optimizing the flexo plate making process. The CDI Spark 4835 Auto, equipped with a digital UV back-exposure is one of the highlights on the Esko booth. Visitors to the stand will also learn about Esko’s HD Flexo technology first-hand through

Exhibitor List an array of high quality print flexo samples from all over the world. Esko will also highlight its Digital Finishing solutions at drupa. Esko’s subsidiary Enfocus will feature a series of demo stations on the Esko stand, reflecting new brand identity and featuring its portfolio of software solutions, including the new Enfocus Switch 11 and Enfocus PitStop 11. Application and technology experts will be staffing the Esko booth, to provide advice and explain the possibilities offered by Esko solutions. For visitors with more specific questions, Esko’s technical gurus will be available at the Genius Bar to answer questions about color, workflow and MIS integration, packaging design, prepress and imaging technology.

Flexo Concepts Hall 11, Stand C34 Flexo Concepts will feature its MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems for flexographic and gravure applications. The MicroClean System is a safe, effective and environmentally-friendly method of deep cleaning anilox rolls, sleeves, rotogravure cylinders and coating rolls. The machine is an automated, enclosed, off-press system which uses specially designed plastic media pellets to gently remove all types of inks and coatings from anilox cells. By restoring original volume, MicroClean ensures that rolls

deliver predictable ink densities and coating weights. This method has been shown to do a thorough job of cleaning both ceramic and chrome rolls with a range of line screens repeatedly without using chemicals or water. MicroClean media is recycled throughout the cleaning process and reused. As a result, it is the lowest per-roll cost cleaning method available today.

Flint Group According to the company, the substantial and ongoing increases in raw material and energy costs are still placing significant pressures on everybody in the industry. To absorb these cost increases Flint Group is continuously focusing wherever possible on productivity and cost containment initiatives. Nevertheless, due to their sheer scale there has been no alternative but to pass on much of these cost increases to customers. It is however the company’s policy to assist customers and distributors by keeping essential price increases as low as possible and to support this Flint Group has taken the decision not to exhibit at drupa 2012. However, Flint Group will have a presence at drupa and will remain very active hosting customers at specific events throughout the show. In addition it will utilize various contact areas, such as “Schrebergarten” allotment garden, to meet business partners.

Heliograph Holding Hall 17, C22 With their impressive innovations and improvements for gravure cylinder making equipment, the members of the Heliograph Holding – HELL Gravure Systems, Daetwyler Graphics, K.Walter, Bauer Logistik-Systeme, Schepers and OHIO Gravure Technologies – reflect a vast level of technology. Four different laser machines for the direct structuring of copper, zinc, aluminum, elastomers and other materials will be presented. These set new standards in gravure printing, security printing, embossing and flexography. Direct lasers enable product quality in all of these procedures and materials that has hardly been considered possible before. Previously, laser engraving was primarily used for classical gravure printing. Today, embossing, security printing and flexography are of main significance. Here, the Heliograph companies can boast astonishing developments. In the area of electromechanical engraving, innovations have been made to every machine; in addition, the entire product spectrum has been expanded. Not only a seamless product range will be on display, but new engraving head technology and engraving procedures will also be demonstrated. Fair visitors can likewise find out about further advances in galvanic technology; a series of new procedures and analytical methods in this area will be presented. In addition, a completely new generation of machines for surface treatment can also be viewed. Surprises are also in store in regard to our new approach to cylinder storage technology, which will be demonstrated live at the fair booth. The newest automation technology as well as a fully automatic cylinder quality control station and a printing machine for printed electronics will also be on display.For more information:

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Exhibitor List HELL Gravure Systems Hall 17, C22 HELL Gravure Systems is a leading supplier of engraving systems for gravure form manufacture. In its anniversary year “50 years of the HelioKlischograph,” HELL is presenting the broadest range of innovative solutions in the company’s history, covering a host of tasks for packaging, decorative and magazine gravure, flexographic printing and embossing. For use in packaging gravure, HELL is showcasing a series of new output devices based on conventional stylus engraving. HELL’s product portfolio is rounded off by innovations such as the HelioKlischograph E1 and the new Cellaxy C50 direct laser engraver for the high-performance production of embossing cylinders. The engraving systems for the HelioKlischograph are being repositioned, with a broadband system for the 54 – 100 l/cm screen range and a hybrid system for combined operation of vibration engraving and XtremeEngraving being presented alongside the 12 kHz high-performance engraving system. With an engraving speed of up to 24 kHz and a write resolution of up to 540 l/cm, XtremeEngraving now represents a real alternative to laser-based methods. AutoCon has made automatic cylinder production a reality. In this fully automated production environment, HelioDisk and the new MIS Connect functions bring transparency to day-to-day production operations. And the extended engraving certificates create the requisite reliability in production. HELL will be using drupa as the launch pad for its new PDF workflow generation for publication gravure. A series of improvements will be presented for the HelioKlischograph K6, the standard output device in publication gravure. The FormManager now includes a simple and flexible MIS interface that serves as an alternative to JDF. The new FormProof and BookletProof versions print in a single PDF file, making it possible to toggle easily from sheet to book view during soft proofing. HELL will also be presenting tried-and-tested and new PremiumFlexo components for the manufacture of highquality flexographic print products. PremiumProfiler, PremiumSetter, and elastomer printing forms combine to offer a straightforward and reliable process for the production of first-class printing forms. This solution now features tried-and-tested sleeves and the elastomer plate. In this context, HELL will be unveiling its handling and processing options for the CONTI® Laserline flexographic printing plates, which are solvent-free and available as reel stock. For more information visit us at

Forbo Siegling Hall 113, Stand D66 Forbo Siegling will showcase new machine tapes that enhance efficiency in the printing, paper and packaging industry. One highlight is its machine tapes with HighGrip coating, which ensures good grip to increase machine reliability and product quality. This is particularly the case when elastic machine tapes and belts with fabric tension members from the Siegling Extremultus and Siegling Transilon series are operated. Forbo Siegling will also show box-folding belts especially for the packaging sector. These belts comply with the current FDA/EU regulations that stipulate that not just the surfaces, but all the components including the intermediate layers and tension members, must demonstrate compliance with the new regulations. The belts are used in manufacturing cardboard boxes, corrugated cardboard and tissue products. They also have strong edges and the tension remains stable. Forbo Siegling will also showcase new folder belts for high-speed folders (commercial printing). These have highly abrasion-resistant fabric coatings on both sides with almost constant grip over the whole of their product lives. They also leave no marks and tension remains stable.


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Gallus Stanz- und Druckmaschinen GmbH Hall 2, Booth 2A45

The Gallus booth will feature production solutions for liquid packaging offered by the Folding Carton division of the Gallus Group, as well as Gallus’ systems for manufacturing high-quality folding cartons. The Gallus ICS 670 is an inline machine system that has been tailored specifically to the needs of state-of-the-art folding carton production. Innovative upgrades to the system feature a The brand-new gracombination of its HiDef flexo vure unit for the Galprinting™ system and a totally lus ICS 670 boasts a new gravure unit, as well as other range of refinements high-quality finishing processes, designed to further such as rotary screen printing or improve production quality and speed up cold foiling in a single pass. It job changes, includalso integrates the flying imprint ing flying imprint. option (a “spare” printing unit that allows promotional images or text to be changed without interrupting production). The gravure printing unit, which can be integrated at

Exhibitor List any point in the machine system, adds a second main printing process to the Gallus ICS 670’s functionality, enabling printers to use water- and solvent-based inks. It also has an easy-to-handle ink changeover trolley and toolless ink, doctor blade and impression cylinder changeover and cylindrical gravure sleeves. The gravure unit includes a flying imprint option that enables changeover of the gravure cylinder while the web tension is automatically regulated and kept constant, without the web having to be separated.

GMG Hall 4, Stand B25 GMG will introduce a new, groundbreaking spotcolor tool for package printing, a universal Cloud solution; the pioneering GMG ProductionSuite; and further development of established proof and color management solutions. Understanding the need among package printers, GMG has been very busy working on the new development of spot-color simulation and will be presenting its breakthrough in the calculation of profiles for simulating the combined printing of spot and process colors. Building on its reputation as a world leader in proofing, GMG will also be unveiling its intelligent response to various softproofing issues. The GMG collaboration solution has a highly flexible and clear interface with intelligent tools for central management and control of all correction and approval procedures. The GMG ProductionSuite combines the full range of functions needed today in modern wideformat production, including a PDF Editor, RIP, SmartProfiler and PrintStation.

H. C. MOOG GmbH Booth 3, A 35 The H.C. Moog booth presents two key topics: the information about Sheet-fed Gravure Presses in single station- and in multistation versions; as well as their printing productions. The samples show premium applications including f. e. haptic effects and blind embossing (3D, micro, security). For printing specialists and prospective customers there will also be the opportunity to view the new future pointing gravure press Compact press.

J M Heaford Limited Hall 10, E62 J M Heaford Limited is celebrating 30 years of business and exhibiting at its 8th drupa. Approaching sales


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of 4,000 machines in over 100 countries the complete range of gravure and flexo machines is being exhibited on their stand. A model SC Gravure Proofing Press incorporating several new features will be on show at drupa this year. While the new features will be demonstrated, it will not be possible to proof on the machine due to exhibition restrictions. Samples proofs will be available to evidence why this machine has been and remains the international market leader. The company manufactures a full range of proof presses for every sector of the gravure industry, for both printers and cylinder engravers. Using all production parameters (inks, cylinders, substrate) proofs are used to check cylinders and for customer pre-approval before going to press. The cost and efficiency savings from an investment in a gravure proof press, not least the elimination of press downtime, are significant and cannot be ignored in today’s business environment. In addition to the traditional SC Model design, also available is an “Open Front” Model which allows low level front loading of cylinders. Where the cylinders are light enough to be manhandled in and out of the proof press the cycle time for proofing can be significantly faster. The first machine ever manufactured by Heaford was a gravure proof press and over 600 of these have been sold. Most of them are still operating in over 60 countries where customers are situated.

ICR-IOANNOU S.A. Hall 15, D45 ICR-IOANNOU S.A. will highlight its llightweight cylinders from aluminum.

Ink Spec Hall 6, D77 InkSpec, the well-known Canadian manufacturer of viscosity control systems for the gravure, flexo and corrugated markets is proud to be showcasing new additions to its product line including ink temperature control and a new generation viscosity control technology that is more versatile and user-friendly. The unique technology at the heart of the IIS (Intelligent In-line Sensor) forms the basis for this further development and for the printer translates into tight control, high quality and potential for cost savings. In addition, InkSpec will showcase the anilox roll cleaning product Microlox and related equipment. Microlox allows for effortless cleaning of a roll in less than 15 minutes, whether for solvent, water based or UV inks.

Exhibitor List INX International Stand 3, A50

Ohio Gravure Technologies

INX International Ink Co, INX Digital International and SAKATA INX will demonstrate a global presence offering Visual Communication Technologies with big picture capabilities and local solutions. It starts with the EVOLVE® Advanced Digital Solutions line of equipment, which includes the new NW140 digital narrow web press with UV LED-cure single pass output, the CP100 cylindrical printer, and the MD series of flatbed printers. INX offerings will also include various inks, coatings and color management solutions. Company experts also will discuss Low Migration packaging ink technology, including the European Printing Ink Association’s newly updated guidelines and requirements. In addition, the company will highlight the commercial print technology to expand a printer’s color gamut and reduce cost. These include the special Concentric screening, GCR ink optimization and Luce, the company’s wide gamut ink for newspaper. In addition in response to the European regulatory changes relating to non-food contact surface of food packaging materials, the company is planning to give visitors a “Practice Guide to Food Packaging” booklet. Also in place is a total color consulting service for color management and quality improvement and support for IS12647 certification, as well as print quality analysis support and Device Link Solution that optimizes total ink coverage while reducing ink consumption for both traditional and digital printing.,

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Madern Hall 11, Stand A62 The family-owned company Madern is a supplier of rotary dies and converting solutions, offering innovative custom made solutions and services to an international clientele for the past six decades. Madern has set the standard for rotary tooling over the last two decades and looks forward to meeting and exceeding the continuous challenges and expectations of today’s packaging industry. Madern has been developing new products, such as a new, highly competitive rotary die cutter, as well as new cost effective cutting tools and embossing systems for short and medium run lengths. The new entry level die cutter, compatible with various different tool executions, will be shown at the show in combination with a segmented tobacco packaging cutting tool. Also on display at the Madern booth is a segmented cutting die with a revolutionary design of adaptation parts, a low cost solid cutting tool and a set of creasing and cutting cylinders for the liquid packaging industry. On the embossing side Madern will introduce a new low cost segmented embossing system.

Ohio Gravure Technologies’ focus is on advancing gravure for packaging and printed electronics. The MicroStar Micro-Engraving system brings sub-micron accuracy to the production of printed electronics, optical lenses, and films. Our AccuPress MicroGravure Printing system provides high-precision registration for layer-to-layer printed electronics applications. For packaging, we offer the economical Spectrum engraver, a semi-automated machine with exceptional quality and productivity with VISION engrave heads; and the Collage Layout System to create jobs for Ohio and Hell engravers. Whether it is gravure for printed electronics or packaging, Ohio covers your needs. Visit our booth at drupa to learn more.

PEFC Hall 6, Center PEFC, the world’s largest forest certification system, is joining forces with PrintCity at drupa 2012 to inform exhibitors and visitors of the benefits of forest certification for the print sector. PEFC will join the Lean and Green area in the centre of Hall 6.. This joint stand will serve as the central source of information for the print and graphics sector about the advantages of sourcing paper sustainably. To accommodate the needs of a diverse and international audience, representatives from six different national PEFC organizations, in addition to PEFC International, namely Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, will be present on different days to answer questions and provide indepth information. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. With about 34 endorsed national certification systems and more than 230 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification system.

D.W.Renzmann Hall 16, D539 D.W. Renzmann will present their complete solutions for cleaning and recovering soiled cleaning media. Using cleaning systems produced by DW. Renzmann, printing press parts such as anilox rollers, gravure cylinders, doctor blades, ink

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Exhibitor List Quad Tech Hall 17, Stand A01. Quad Tech will be featuring several product offerings for the Packaging & Converting markets. As the point-of-sale presentation plays a significant role in brand success, there is greater emphasis on package print quality. At the same time, the increasing diversity and complexity of films in flexible packaging can make measurement and inspection more problematic. For the flexo and gravure package printer, QuadTech offers fast in-line inspection and spectral color measurement solutions for film, foil, paper, and various laminates, enabling quality consistency and reduced waste. QuadTech’s true 100% Inspection System uses line-scan technology to compare each print repeat against a “golden template” which is a printed copy considered by the press operator to be as close to perfect as possible. Inspection System with SpectralCam™ provides 100% defect inspection and true spectral color measurement using the same proven 31-channel spectral sensor found on QuadTech’s commercial color control. QuadTech Web Viewing System can be used on its own or in conjunction with the 100% Inspection System for optimum error detection. It provides a mechanical zoom to show a repeating defect in a much higher resolution while the inspection system and press continue to run uninterrupted. QuadTech Color Measurement System with SpectralCam™ can accurately calculate L*a*b*, ΔE, Density and ΔDensity at full press speed. This in-line system is flexible with QuadTech’s patent-pending web stabilizer technology, which allows for precise spectral measurements on various substrates. Advanced spectrophotometer technology enables the system to quickly detect and analyze colorimetric and density variations from predetermined targets. QuadTech Color Measurement System with SpectralCam™ HD introduces in-line high-definition dot viewing and web stabilization capabilities, facilitating easy on-the-fly detection of dot abnormalities such as pin-holing, bridging, doughnuts and halos. Images are captured at 2500dpi and are made instantly accessible through the ICON™ Integrated Platform. Autotron™ 2600 Register Guidance System with ClearLogic™ provides accurate register control on any press which is highly beneficial to users of opaque, transparent and reflective substrates such as BOPP, metalized film, high-gloss cast and polypropylene. QuadTech is also introducing Service Advantage with Proactive Care™, through which you can choose the level of service that best matches your needs based on your installation, business, and budget. The program includes a wide range of services such as Proactive Care—24/7/365 on-line monitoring of your ICON system by skilled technicians—preventive maintenance, training, technical support, and more. For additional information, log onto the company’s website at

pans and ink pumps can be cleaned fast and efficiently. D.W. Renzmann will have on hand their distillation unit type ROTOmaX and their washing machine model 3400. Specific cleaning applications as well as treatment requirements can be evaluated at D.W.Renzmann’s premises by testing customer-specific items to be washed. This added value is made possible by the partnership between D.W.Renzmann and KS-Chemie GmbH, whose representatives will also be present at the trade show booth. The core competencies of KS-Chemie include the manufacture of high-quality cleaning products that are used in D.W.Renzmann’s customized cleaning systems. In the development of its highly efficient products, the company is increasingly focusing on water-based solutions – in the interest of environmental protection, sustainability and safety at work. The customized cleaners have a high dirt holding capacity, quickly dissolve ink and varnish residues and ensure that cleaning solutions can be reused many times. They are suitable for all major automatic and manual cleaning processes in the printing and packaging industry.


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RK Print Coat Instruments Hall 16, Stand A45-4 RK PrintCoat Instruments will show a variety of flexo & gravure color communication systems. RK introduces the new GP100, high speed gravure proofer. A precision unit producing instant high quality proofs using gravure inks of press viscosity. Featuring a microprocessor controlled servo drive and pneumatic operation, electronically engraved printing plates and variable speeds of 1 to 100m/min, this is an essential tool for all those involved in the manufacturing or use of liquid inks. Ideal for R&D and computer color matching data, quality control and presentation samples, the GP100 is easy to clean. Products on show

Exhibitor List also include the FlexiProof 100 and FlexiProof 100UV. These functional bench top systems are used by label printing companies, leading packaging groups, ink manufacturers and many others. Also on show, will be the hand held Esiproof. A precision unit which is an ideal trouble-shooting tool enabling users to take proofs from multiple presses on the fly. RK provide color communication technology for all major print processes.

Schober Stand 11, C06 Schober will feature its latest innovation at drupa – high-speed robotic technology for stacking and counting long and complex runs of inmold labeling products processed on their RSM rotary

cutting machinery. Ideal for challenging IML designs, this new introduction complements the proven RSM product line. The RSM family, when coupled with the high-speed robotic delivery option, is capable of speeds up to 164 ft/min (50 m/min). An inspection system for 100% quality verification with integrated waste separation is also available, making this ideal for the cost-effective converting of IML & other discrete labels. In addition, Schober will display proven rotary diecutting, folding, embossing, cut-and-place, rotary punching, and hologram technology for anti-counterfeiting applications. RFID technology will also be on display. In addition, the SHEETLINE® SL 106, and advanced Rotary Sheet Fed Converting Machine will also be introduced.

Siegwerk Hall 07A, C11 Siegwerk touchpoint. No further details.

UPM Hall 6, Stand D60 It’s time to turn the page and write the next chapter in the story of paper. Join us in creating sensations that only paper can make! Paper has taken a natural role in the modern media palette where printed and digital complement each other. It’s a truly sustainable platform for exciting cross-media experiences – with paper you are always open for great ideas. UPM’s comprehensive paper product range is a sign of our strong commitment to print. Let’s write a wonderful story together.

The HelioKlischograph turns 50 Dr. Hell's invention transformed gravure printing It is 50 years since Dr. Rudolf Hell marked the birth of electromechanical engraving when he unveiled the first HelioKlischograph – a K190 – to the trade public at drupa in 1962. HELL Gravure Systems is marking the anniversary in 2012 by organizing a series of events in honor of this groundbreaking invention for gravure printing. Dr. Hell's invention of electromechanical engraving without doubt constitutes the biggest step forward in gravure printing in the 20th century. Up till then, gravure cylinders had been etched. The associated sequence of tricky process steps required great craftsmanship and involved numerous imponderables. Electromechanical engraving transformed image data into electrical pulses, which in turn were translated into the mechanical movements of a diamond stylus – and all this in a single step. This was a revolutionary development and gravure printing became an industrial process with consistent results. Today, in 2012, electromechanical engraving is the leading image transfer process in gravure printing and is currently enjoying a global boom in packaging gravure. To mark the anniversary, a reception was held at Kiel's town hall on March 28 for current and former staff along with a number of guests of honor. More information can be found at

Mark you calendars!

Graph Expo Oct 7-10 GAA Packaging & Products Conference Oct 9-11 Both at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. In addition, the summer issue of Gravure magazine will feature a special Graph Expo preview. GRAVURE/Spring 2012


2011 Golden Cylinder Awards for Publication


ach year, the Gravure Association of America conducts the Annual Golden Cylinder Awards Competition to promote the gravure process and to provide peer recognition for technical achievement. Submissions from around the world were received, cataloged, and displayed for the intensive two days of judging and deliberations. The quality of the entries was excellent, making the evaluation process challenging. The Golden Cylinder Awards for the Packaging and Product categories were announced at a luncheon at the GAA Packaging Conference at the Oakbrook Marriott Hotel in Chicago on September 14. The Golden Cylinder Awards for Publication were announced at the GAA GPC Conference. Awards judges are pictured in the photo at right.

Back Row: Jim Tenorio, Professor University of WisconsinStout; Kim Spencer, Director Print Production Talbots; Richard Keser, Cylinder Department Manager, Nordenia USA; Nathan (Rick) Oberholtzer, Manufacturing Supervisor, RR Donnelley; Todd Luman, Laser Engraving Manager, Interprint, Inc. Sitting: Reba Meek, Sales Director, Mundet Inc.; Bob Kikkert, Manager, Packaging Services, Altria; Trish Goffredo, Graphics Coordinator, Fres-Co System USA, Inc.

2011 Cylinder Society Inductees The Gravure Cylinder Society (GSC) is an honorary Society founded in April 1981 by the Gravure Technical Association and Gravure Research Institute. Each year the Society nominates industry leaders who have rendered outstanding or extraordinary contributions to the Gravure industry. During the year, Society members are involved in activities that promote and support gravure. This year’s members who were inducted for the publication sector include: Jed Batchelder, Flint Group; Howard Nelson, Arizona State University; Peggy Regan, Office Depot; and Bruce Heston, Meredith (who was unable to attend the publication conference).


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Bill Martin, GAA; Howard Nelson, Arizona State University; Peggy Regan, Office Depot; and Jed Batchelder, Flint Group, Liz Scherer, Sun Chemical Corporation and Kim Spencer, Talbots.  

2011 Golden Cylinder Awards for Publication BEST OF THE BEST PUBLICATION | Lightweight Coated (Under 40#) Magazine Product: Maxim Magazine Submitted by: NewPage Corporation The Maxim magazine consists of a 4-page offset cover plus a 152 page gravure body, which was printed four-color using process inks and no varnish. It was a perfect bound magazine with supplied inserts, including scented fragrance inserts. The most difficult part of the project was that this magazine incorporated a “flipped� section. This meant one section of the magazine was oriented upside down compared to the remainder of the magazine. Setting up the cylinders to accommodate this flipped section page layout was a challenge. Adding to the challenge was a relatively quick turnaround job. The catalog was printed on a Cerutti gravure press at the Quad/Graphics Lomira facility.

Scott Stensby from NewPage is flanked by Bill Martin, GAA and Kim Spencer, Talbots.

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2011 Golden Cylinder Awards for Publication PUBLICATION | Coated (over #40) Retail Product: Bed, Bath & Beyond Submitted by: Quad/Graphics Richmond This entry was judged “impressive� for having run on a 1936 press fitted with a Scheffler rotary cutter with in-line glue and a Gammerler trimme. It was also determined to have good crossover registration and color match. The substrate was a 40.5# coated sheet supplied by Norske. The book was well-received by the customer. Designer: SBC Advertising Engraver: Quad/Graphics Richmond Printer: Quad/Graphics Richmond Press Manufacturer: Goss International Substrate Manufacturer: Norske Ink Manufacturer: Sun Chemical

PUBLICATION | Coated (over #40) Catalog Product: Ikea 2011 Kitchen & Appliances Catalog Submitted by: RR Donnelley-Warsaw IN This entry is a good example of how fingerprinting adds to the outcome and the ability to adjust the engraving process is a huge advantage of gravure according to this award winner. Printer worked with Prepress operation of GMG in Germany to achieve an enhanced look with more saturated color and increased color space, without significantly increasing ink cost. This was achieved through press fingerprint tests prior to final file submission and utilizing the GCR process in file preparation. Gravure is the process of choice for IKEA because they print large quantities worldwide and they strive for consistency in the brand regardless in which facility, country or continent their catalogs print. Designer: Inter IKEA Systems Services Engraver: RR Donnelley Printer: RR Donnelley Press Manufacturer: KBA International Substrate Manufacturer: Lindenmeyr Central Ink Manufacturer: Flint Group


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PUBLICATION | Lightweight Coated (under #40) Catalog Product: Talbots Glisten Up Catalog Submitted by: NewPage Corporation There is a tie in this category. The customer of the first award winner prefers the gravure look with its saturation of color, color fidelity and its ability to closely match the supplied proofs. The outer portion of the Talbots catalog consists of an offset cover followed by an 8-page insert, which was printed gravure. The insert portion was submitted for the award. One of the challenges of the job was the critical gravure/ offset cross align that needed to be matched. Quad/Graphics did the prepress work. The catalog was printed four-color using process inks and no varnish. Adding to the difficulty of the job was the heavy ink coverage and full page bleed throughout the body, plus the small reverse type, which made registration critical. To achieve this reverse type, a high tech Autotron System proprietary to Quad/Graphics was used. A Cerruti press was used on New Page 34lb Consoweb Gloss Gravure., a #5 LWC sheet. Substrate Manufacturer: NewPage Corporation Printer: Quad/Graphics

PUBLICATION | Lightweight Coated (under #40) Catalog Product: White Flower Farm Submitted by: Quad/Graphics Our next winner exemplifies both the deep rich depth of color, the subtle highlights, as well as shape, detail, and contrast that can be achieved on lightweight stock in the gravure process. Since the late 1930’s, William Harris and his wife Jane Grant shared a passion for gardening, that gave birth to today’s White Flower Farm. This commitment is reflected in the rich, colorful catalogs. This print has many examples of bright midtones that transition to soft highlights seamlessly, as well as crisp detailed print. The catalog was submitted because it exemplifies the deep rich depth of color, the subtle highlights, as well as shape, detail and contrast that can be achieved on lightweight stock in the gravure process. Because adjustments were made at the file stage, it eliminated the need to do cylinder corrections. The use of automated blending systems for batching inks, and color bars for analysis and adjustment of color enabled the customer to approve the forms quickly. Designer: White Flower Farm Engraver: Quad/Graphics, Hell Gravure Systems Printer: Quad/Graphics

Press Manufacturer: Cerruti Substrate Manufacturer: NewPage Ink Manufacturer: Quad/Graphics CR/T Separator: Group 360

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2011 Golden Cylinder Awards for Publication PUBLICATION | Coated (over 40#) Magazine Product: National Geographic Submitted by: Quad/Graphics, Inc. National Geographics prides itself on the brand they have built over the past 120 years. The winning entry is unique and different from other gravure printed publications due to the gatefolds that are printed on a gravure former folder press. It also uses deep rich black backgrounds, small reverse type and PMS colors. The entry consisted of the gravure pages 33-136, which were printed on a 50lb coated #4 dual purpose sheet. The stock was also used for the offset cover to minimize any noticeable differences between the two processes.

Along with Bill Martin and Kim Spencer are Ron Williamson, National Geographic Society, Maura Packham, Quad/Graphics and Phil Schlosser, NGS.


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PUBLICATION | Newsprint Product: Parade September 19th Issue Submitted by: Quad/Graphics (Atglen) This piece reflects the production of approximately 8.0 million pieces weekly at the winning facility with multiple versioning and cylinder changes. This weekly production is a portion of a total weekly program of over 27 million nationwide. That’s a lot of inserts! The entry was printed on 33# Abi Bow Kenogomi newsprint stock. The front cover contains a detailed flexo imprint, which is used to make portions of the 8 million + copies city specific. The piece contains a unique ¾ page cover wrap along with an 8-page Campbell’s advertising booklet inside. Both features provide advertisers additional avenues to attract potential consumers. Initial start-up was established using the press-side batching program, which allows for pre-setting inks and sump corrections to be completed on makeready.

Bill Martin, GAA; Maura Packham and Tom Meisel, Parade Publication; Chris Lovorn, Quad/Graphics; and Kim Spencer, Talbots.

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2011 Golden Cylinder Awards for Publication PUBLICATION | Supercalendered Retail Product: Target 6-27-10 Event Submitted by: RR Donnelley-Lancaster East Some customers want eye popping color, shape and detail that appear in High Definition that gives the feel, texture and sensory perception of their products. When you pick up the 6/27/10 Target Sunday circular you can feel the coolness of the drinks, the soft fresh rolls, a hog dog cooked just right and a chicken sandwich seasoned to perfection. It is a savory summer experience encapsulated in a single printed page on a 35lb super cal sheet. When a customer wants an advertising experience that appeals to your senses on a SCA sheet, the only option is gravure. Designer: Target Engraver: RR Donnelley Printer: RR Donnelley, Lancaster East Press Manufacturer: KBA Substrate Manufacturer: NewPage Ink Manufacturer: Flint Group

PUBLICATION | Supercalendered Magazine Product: New York Times – T Style Women’s Fashion Fall 2010 Submitted by: RR Donnelley Readers and advertisers of this award winner have come to expect the visual impact of bold colors combined with stunning detail, something the gravure process delivers admirably. This magazine was produced from three separate press forms across two printing presses each using a different paper manufacturer, making it an impressive winner. Throughout the pages are numerous examples of photographic like images reproduced using a wide variety of rich and vibrant colors. The fine reverse type is set against rich 4-color black backgrounds to provide additional weight and contrast compared to single color reproductions. Designer: NY Times Separator/Engraver: RR Donnelley Printer: RR Donnelley Press Manufacturer: KBA & Cerutti Substrate Manufacturer: Madison; Rauma Ink Manufacturer: Flint Group


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TECHNICAL | Innovation Product: School’s Books in Gravure Process Submitted by: EDITORA ABRIL S/A School books have usually been printing using offset presses. Abril Grafico developed a paper and process to print school books in gravure presses with success. The company only uses Cerutti presses and developed the paper with Stora Enso (Arapoti´s plant in Brazil). The customer is very satisfied with the quality of the resulting books.

The Editora Abril folks…Wellington Gomez, Patricia Bello and Wagner Pastrello are flanked by Bill Martin, GAA and Kim Spencer, Talbots.

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Thomas K. Allison, Jr. 1945 - 2012

Thomas K. Allison Jr., President of Allison Systems Corporation and its blade systems division Allisontech Sales, passed away unexpectedly on January 21, 2012 at Community General Hospital in Toms River, New Jersey. “Bear” Allison had over 30 years experience in the design and manufacture of doctor blades and doctor blade systems. He earned his BS in Engineering Physics from Cornell University, a professional engineer’s license from New York State, and gained considerable experience working with satellites, nuclear warships, and commercial electric generation technologies before beginning his long and successful career with Allison Systems. Allison Systems got its start over 45 years ago, when Tom’s father Thomas Allison, Sr. invented the first truly effective doctor blade edge-finishing machine. Tom Jr. continued this tradition of innovation, working with Bill Warner and other talented engineers at the company to develop computerized doctor blade production machines and retrofit blade systems for customer’s presses. Tom also pioneered the use of new high-tech materials for blades, including QR and QRH tool steels, fiberglass and graphite. Tom’s wife Eve English Allison will succeed him as President of Allison Systems. Eve has extensive experience with overall management of the company, and has long managed Allison Systems’ extensive inventory of precision steel, specialized plastic and advanced composite materials. Eve’s expertise in this area eventually led Tom to create business cards for her with the title “Woman of Steel and Plastic.” Besides his work at Allison Systems, Tom greatly enjoyed both sailing and singing. He began racing sailboats with his Dad when he was in his teens, participating in regattas on Barnegat Bay at the Jersey Shore. On one such trip he met his wife-to-be Eve on the dock at the Island Heights Yacht Club, and the couple was married in 1967. Over the years Tom and Eve spent many happy summers in Island Heights, making it their weekend and summer home. Although he sailed in many types of boats, Tom was best known as skipper of “B+”, an 18’ Marshall Sanderling known locally as a Barnegat Bay Type-B Catboat or “B-Cat.” Over the years Tom participated in numerous regattas sponsored by the Island Heights Yacht Club, Lavallette Yacht Club, and the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association (BBYRA), and was looking forward to competing in the 2012 season. As a singer, Tom performed regularly with the Cinnaminson Community Chorus and the University Glee Club of Philadelphia. Tom also made annual appearances in the Island Heights Yacht Club’s Senior Cabaret, and could always be counted on to tell corny jokes and to break into song at dinner parties and restaurants, accompanied in harmony by Eve and assorted family members. Tom and Eve have one son, Thomas K. Allison III, who also graduated from Cornell in Engineering Physics and who went on to get his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley. “Tom 3” is currently working with a Nobel Laureate at the University of Colorado, Boulder, developing advanced high-energy laser technologies. Thomas and his wife Cassandra, formerly a scientist with NASA, recently became the proud parents of a baby boy, Isaac Thomas Allison. A celebration of Tom’s life is planned for June, 2012. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Island Heights Sailing Foundation, P.O. Box 1227, Island Heights, NJ 08732.


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Barbara Metzger 1944 - 2012

Barbara was born in Danzig, Germany. Her mother (father was killed in 1944 during the war) and their four children had to flee in 1945 from Prussia, leaving everything behind. They spent a short time in Austria before settling down in Bavaria. They lived with a farmer’s family outside of Munich. In 1956 with the help of the Red Cross they moved to the United States and lived in Los Angeles, CA. In 1960, Barbara moved alone back to Munich, Germany to get her Masters Degree in Business Management. In 1962 her entire life changed when she met Hubert. Hubert was just starting in the printing business In 1976, the Metzgers moved to the United States. In 1984, they started Chema Technology Barbara was a partner and the Vice President of the company. She encouraged Hubert to keep going with the research and development and not to give up before the finish line. Hubert dedicated his “Lifetime Achievement Award” to Barbara as well, because of her support and drive. She wrote about this in one of her many newsletters (2002). “The main reason I have written about my life with Hubert and the printing industry was not to boast about all of the accomplishments, far be it from that. I would just like to tell you that Hubert and I have reached our goal, not to have our own business, but to work in the interest of our customers and build a close and almost personal connection between Chema Technology, Inc. and our customers. Hubert and I are very proud that we have become a pivotal factor to our customers in their working procedures for quality, but yet cost effective. We are proud that we were allowed to make the difference in the industry for you and throughout all these years we have finally become a member in our industry that receives respect from you, as we show our respect to all our customers. We will always work in the interest of our customers. This dream was Hubert’s dream from the very beginning, to make a difference for our industry and he has reached it and I was included in his dream. Hubert and I discussed often what we accomplished in all these years— particularly since some of the years of research and development were certainly not the easiest for Chema Technology, Inc. or us. Hubert still has ideas and he would like to still stir in the so-called “soup-pot” for further ideas and inventions. Yes! You guessed right, I am going along with Hubert until the end.” There is another beautiful side to Barbara. The beauty of her oil paintings, ceramics and her porcelain dolls (see photos) decorated our home. The framed pictures are just a few of her many paintings expressing her talent. Playing tennis (4.0) was also a passion of hers. The family was everything to her. She had so much love for her daughter and grandchildren. She had a full life of love and commitment. Hubert intends to continue to work in her honor. She will be dearly missed.


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Girl in WIndow

Baby in Chair


CalPoly’s 30th Annual

Gravure Day

By Sarah Willis


he Graphic Communication (GrC) Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo hosted its thirtieth annual Gravure Day on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Students look forward every year to gaining industry insight from the interactive presentations delivered throughout the day. Industry professionals were proud to be a part of the longest running gravure day at any gravure research institution, and ranged from point-of-sale account managers to fluid ink chemists. The morning began with Cal Poly GrC alumna, Valerie Sison, of Insight Resource Group. Point-of-Sale Management Insight Resource Group (IRG) is a full-service brand recognition services provider, helping clients manage and execute promotional marketing programs from concept to completion. Located in California’s Bay Area, they create everything from small promotional items to large point-of-sale (POS) displays. Valerie Sison, an account manager at IRG, focused her presentation on the trends and challenges of POS management. Students learned about several case studies, such as Emma Pearl. Emma Pearl is a newer wine brand targeting the younger female demographic whose logo features light blue, gold, and white. IRG provided a promotional kit for on-premise events that included branded products like corkscrews, aprons, gift bags, and tissue paper. The Emma Pearl case study showed how to overcome the challenge of upholding brand standards across multiple substrates while still delivering a dynamic promotional kit to the customer. Sison also introduced topics of new technology, including Liquid Ink and Reflex technology. Liquid Ink creates a realistic simulation of thick, wet, raised water droplets while Reflex simulates traditional embossing without creating a noticeably raised texture. IRG was the first to use these technologies on a POS topper display, and also the first to overcome the associated challenges of cutting and finishing. Sison concluded her presentation with an interactive question and answer session.


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EskoArtwork Gravure Day continued with Larry Moore, EskoArtwork’s director of software services for North America. Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for the graphic communication industry, and is dedicated to furthering education. Moore began with telling students about why Esko values Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication program, and then led them into the department’s gravure, flexography, and packaging lab for the dedication of two machines: CDI Spark 2530 SecuFlex and Kongsberg 1-XE10A. The former, a flexography computer-to-plate imager, is the first of its type in North America capable of resolutions up to 8000 ppi and a spot size of six microns. This imager is currently used for security printing on packaging, but has opportunities for printed electronic applications. The latter is a short-run converting table that does not require a die. The machine is capable of converting a wide range of substrates, in sheet or roll format, into packaging. Both machines will allow students to continue to learn-by-doing in the department’s hands-on production labs. Technology Trends: Near Field Communication Jim Doss and Marion Akiyoshi of Cellotape Landmark, Inc., introduced the more technology-based side of the graphic communication industry, specifically focusing on near field commu-


nication (NFC) technology. This technology employs the same basics as RFID technology, but is used for reading information within a short range of the sensor. NFC is also similar to a Quick Response (QR) code, but is reprogrammable rather than static. In general, NFC technology works by having a sensor ‘‘read’’ the information in a programmed chip and communicate the message to a viewer. Doss and Akiyoshi used a case study, ‘‘Pay by Phone,’’ to describe the opportunities for NFC technology to students. In this case study, programmed chips were adhered onto the backs of parking meter labels. When a driver places his or her NFC-compatible phone on the label, an application automatically records the specific parking meter’s information. When the meter is close to expiration, the driver automatically receives an email notification, as well as the option to pay for more time through his or her phone. Students found this case study to be an exciting example of the future of graphic communication, and asked many questions about the new technology. Quality Control in Fluid Ink Flint Group, a leading provider of printing inks, was well represented by Sue Raleigh and Vic Hamister. Both Raleigh and Hamister have over 30 years of experience in the ink industry, and provided valuable insight into the expected future of printed publications. Like several other presenters, they used a case study to demonstrate how to overcome challenges in graphic communication. In this case study, Flint Group employees noticed slurs appearing in type characters. Production members used slur sticks as a temporary solution, but conducted a root cause analysis to identify the source of the problem. After checking for abnormalities in the residue from cylinder cells and slur sticks, Raleigh identified bits of metal from the doctor blade. Further examination of the doctor blade revealed that the edge’s wires were breaking, thus creating the slurs. Raleigh continued to investigate the variables causing this defect, and found the root cause to be in the plating process where hydrogen bubbles formed, giving cylinders an uneven surface. Although this texture was only visible under a microscope, it was significant enough to be the root cause of the slurring problem. The students were interested to learn about this real-world case study, as many had already taken the course ‘‘Managing Quality

in Graphic Communication,’’ and learned about Six Sigma and LEAN methods. Paperboard Packaging Graphic Communication Advisory Board member, Sharon Eucce, continued the day with a presentation on behalf of Utah Paperbox. She began with a review of paperboard packaging vocabulary, types, processes, and common materials. Eucce then used several case studies, with accompanying samples, to demonstrate the various aspects of this dynamic industry. One case study, featuring a bay area cosmetic company, focused on the potential disconnect between conceptual design and feasible design. The client came to Utah Paperbox with a lip gloss packaging project. The original design concept featured a two-layer folding carton: the inside layer would vary in color to indicate different shades, while the outside layer would be black and diecut to simulate lace. In concept, this was a creative and innovative design. In theory, it was feasible; Utah Paperbox’s equipment was able to produce all the materials at high quality. In reality, the notches left behind during the die-cutting process were distracting due to the amount of die-cut holes in the layer. In addition, the white color of the substrate was made visible along the edges of the holes. Although the issue of visible substrate had a simple solution, the client was uncomfortable with moving forward. Instead, Utah Paperbox worked with the client to create a new package. This new box still used color to indicate different shades, but was sleeker and more cost-effective. Eucce used this case study as an example of how to turn a problem into an opportunity, which students found both interesting and useful. The presentation concluded with student discussion and the opportunity to take home packaging samples. Visualizing Color Concepts Steve Upton, the president of CHROMiX, delivered the final

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presentation of the day. CHROMiX is a Seattle-based company that provides support to visual content creators. Upton wrote the award winning ColorThink software that Graphic Communication students become familiar with in the class ‘‘Color Management and Quality Analysis,’’ which was a main topic in his presentation. He introduced his topic with a quote: ‘‘The definition of a color match is a smiling, nodding customer.’’ He created this definition after many years of experience in the color management field, where he noticed that seeing color can be an individual and subjective experience. Upton also talked about the concept of Delta E, which refers to the difference between intended and actual color. The formula to calculate Delta E has changed over time, and now takes into account humans’ greater sensitivity to hue than saturation. ColorThink delivers a three-dimensional visual representation of physics to explain Delta E and its relation to gamut limitations. Upton gave a live demonstration of the software by plotting the color gamut of a photograph and the color gamut capabilities of a printing press on a triple-axes graph. Students were able to immediately see

that the photograph’s gamut was larger than the press’s gamut. The presentation was conversational, encouraging students to ask questions as they thought of them. Informal Networking The day concluded with professor, Kevin Cooper; lecturer, Nancy Cullins; student, Sarah Willis; and Flint Group representatives, Sue Raleigh and Vic Hamister; attending dinner at a local restaurant. This relaxed setting allowed everyone to discuss the graphic communication industry’s past, present, and future while enjoying their meals. With the conclusion of dinner came the conclusion of Cal Poly’s 30th annual Gravure Day, a unique opportunity for both students and professionals to discuss exciting industry trends. Sarah Willis is a 2010 Gravure Scholar at Cal Poly. Photographs are courtesy of Brian Lawler, Associate Professor at Cal Poly in the Graphic Communication department

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2012 GAA Calendar of Events


April 23-24

GAA/GEF Spring Board Meetings Southern Graphic Systems/Hilton Richmond Airport Richmond, VA

May 3-16

drupa Dusseldorf, Germany

May 15-16

GAA Golden Cylinder Judging Courtyard Marriott Brighton Rochester, NY

June 19-21

GAA Environmental Workshop L’Enfant Plaza Hotel Washington, DC

October 7-10

Graph Expo McCormick Place Chicago, IL

October 8-9

GAA/GEF Fall Board Meetings

October 9-11

GAA Packaging & Products Conference Golden Cylinder Awards Luncheon for Pkg & Product Categories Cylinder Society Induction for Product & Packaging Sectors McCormick Center Chicago, IL

November 11-14

Gravure Publishing Council Conference (GPC) Golden Cylinder Awards Luncheon for Publication Categories Cylinder Society Induction for Publication Sector Waldorf Astoria Naples Naples, FL

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Flint Group Announces Appointments Flint Group is pleased to announce the following appointments within its Packaging and Narrow Web operations with immediate effect. Dagmar Heich has been appointed to the position of Business Director, Film and Foil EMEA, while Kim Melander has also been promoted to Business Director, Paper & Board EMEA. As part of their new roles Dagmar and Kim will now assume responsibility for segment strategy, international key accounts, regional sales, product management and margin management in their respective markets. Flint Group’s global Packaging and Narrow Web division offers a wide range of inks and coatings used for packaging and label printing, including conventional and UV curing flexo inks and gravure inks for wide web packaging and conventional printing - as well as UV curing narrow web inks for flexographic, lithographic, letterpress and screen printing.

NAPL/PIA to Explore Unity At a meeting held prior to the Vision 3 Summit a group of industry leaders convened to explore opportunities to unify NAPL and Printing Industries of America. This action was taken for several reasons: the economic conditions of the past several years, the ongoing contraction of the industry and a response to calls for action from membership and suppliers. The group was able to reach unanimous consensus to move forward with a plan and process to address the above issues which will greatly benefit members of the groups as well as the industry in general. A special task force has been formed consisting of representatives from both NAPL and Printing Industries of America which will collaborate and move forward with a unification process. The boards of each organization have passed resolutions supporting the process and empowering the task force to take the steps to create a new single entity. NAPL CEO Joe Truncale and Michael Makin, President & CEO, Printing Industries of America support these efforts. The unification process is expected to take several months to reach completion. Members of each Association are encouraged to continue to support their respective Associations. The task force will develop a number of sub-committees to address key areas such as: strategic plan; name of the organization; staffing and leadership; local representation; programs; and location. These steps will take place over the next several months along with due diligence and legal work. The task force is being co-chaired by Laura Lawton and Darren Loken, who are the current chairs of Printing Industries of America and NAPL respectively.

AGI-Shorewood’s Introduces refleXions™ Technology AGI-Shorewood, the global specialty packaging company, announced the introduction of refleXions™, its proprietary next-generation technology that gives consumer product companies unprecedented freedom to apply highly reflective packaging design elements. refleXions uses patent-pending technology in an in-line process to offer a cost effective alternative to metalized polyester, metalized transfer or hot foil stamping. Reflective design elements can now be efficiently and selectively applied in a single process. This is the first major innovation launched by the recently merged AGI-Shorewood. refleXions utilizes a traditional in-line printing application process that is more user-friendly than costly multi-step processes, such as hot foil stamping, metalized polyester or metalized transfer materials. By eliminating these multi-step material processes, the customer benefits from a more sustainable product with better machineability results at a lower price point. By introducing a leaner production process and doing away with the need for additional steps, refleXions both increases speed to market and reduces the cost of reflective treatments. In addition, refleXions allows metallic details to be selectively applied to designs. This creates areas of high reflectivity (pure metallics such as silver, which can also be overprinted in selective areas with any transparent colors), as well as brighter white areas. With locations in North America, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Australia, AGI-Shorewood is truly a global provider of specialty packaging services. The company serves clients in the media and entertainment, beauty and personal care, cosmetics and fragrance, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, golf, confectionary, specialty foods, and tobacco industries. Applying its expertise across industries, AGI-Shorewood has an unmatched ability to provide clients with unexpected, innovative solutions for attracting customers. AGI-Shorewood refers to two separate legal entities, Atlas AGI Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, which we refer to as AGI-Shorewood US and AGI Global Holdings Coöperatief U.A. and its subsidiaries which we also refer to as AGI-Shorewood International.

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Packaging Coalition Report Provides Guidance on Using Recycled Fiber in Packaging

Recognizing the growing interest in increasing recycled content in packaging as a sustainability strategy, GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition has released a report on the opportunities and challenges for using recycled fiber in packaging. Guidelines for Recycled Content in Paper and Paperboard Packaging outlines opportunities to use recycled content in 20 common retail packaging applications, including shopping and take-out bags, cereal boxes, toothbrush blister packs, software boxes, and coffee canisters. The report was completed in collaboration with packaging designers and engineers, as well as pulp and paper mill operations, and it is a companion to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s 2010 report, Guidelines for Increasing Post Consumer Recycled Content in Plastic Packaging. As a number of factors contribute to the feasibility of using recycled content in paper packaging—including the quality and consistency of recovered fiber, the types of additives used, and the treatment of the fiber during the conversion process—the report ranks the greatest opportunities to use recycled content in the packaging applications discussed. Guidelines for Recycled Content in Paper and Paperboard Packaging is available free to SPC members and to non-SPC members for $125.00. Download the report at guidelines-for-recycled-content-in-paper-and-paperboard-packaging


Atlas Holdings LLC completes Refinancing of Forest Resources LLC

Sun Chemical Releases Sustainability Report

Atlas Holdings LLC today announced the completion of a $93 million refinancing of its operating company, Forest Resources LLC. The transaction, which closed January 6, included $45 million in senior secured cross-border credit facilities and $48 million of junior capital. According to Tim Fazio, Managing Partner at Atlas Holdings, proceeds from the transaction were used to refinance Forest Resources’ existing debt, provide for Forest Resources’ ongoing working capital and general corporate needs and to purchase the equity interests of a minority stakeholder in its Canadian subsidiary, CanAmPac ULC. As a result of the equity purchase, CanAmPac is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Forest Resources. “This refinancing enables Forest Resources to optimize its capital structure by combining the debt capacity of its U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries,” Fazio explains. “It also underscores Atlas’ long-term commitment to its operating companies. We’ve owned Forest Resources since 1999, and we look forward to many more years of growth and success with the company.” A diversified manufacturer of recycled paper and packaging products with facilities in the United States and Canada, Forest Resources was formed in March 1999 as Atlas Holdings’ first operating company when it acquired Hartford City Paper. A holding company that employs 600 people and generates more than $200 million of revenues from six facilities throughout North America, Forest Resources is engaged in manufacturing industrial and consumer packaging products such as recycled corrugated medium, recycled specialty packaging papers, recycled boxboard, corrugated boxes and consumer folding cartons.

Sun Chemical released its 2011 sustainability report, which expands on its established data-driven metrics by showcasing how the company’s leadership in sustainability is helping customers adapt and be more eco-efficient. While Sun Chemical continues to be data-driven in its sustainability efforts by reporting the performance measurement for seven key sustainability metrics as outlined in its previous reports, the 2011 sustainability report expands on this commitment by citing specific examples of how its products, services and projects are helping customers improve their environmental impact. The report highlights Sun Chemical’s leadership role in low migration technology. The key sustainability metrics measured in the data include: energy consumption/conservation at production and non-production sites, the energy carbon footprint at the production sites, process waste reduction, water consumption, materials safety, and employee safety. All of Sun Chemical’s sustainability reports, along with the “Carbon Footprint Report 2010,” which outlines the results from nine independent environmental analyses focused on quantifying the carbon footprint of its product lines, are available to customers and can be requested online at www. Customers in the U.S. can also calculate the initial carbon footprint for their facility operations by visiting

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AGI World and Shorewood Packaging Complete Merger Atlas Holdings LLC today announced the closing of its agreement with International Paper to combine its consumer-packaging solutions businesses. As a result, AGI World and Shorewood Packaging, two leading packaging companies, have become AGI-Shorewood, one of the largest and most innovative global specialty packaging businesses with operations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. All locations of Shorewood Packaging except those in China are now a part of the new AGI-Shorewood. Closing of the Chinese portion of the transaction will occur later this month upon the transfer of certain governmental licenses and registrations. Mike Ukropina, who served as President of Shorewood Packaging until his appointment as President and CEO of AGI-Shorewood, is excited to be at the helm of the new company. Mr. Ukropina leads an experienced executive team that includes: Mark Caines, formerly CEO of AGI North America, as CEO of AGI-Shorewood North America; Tony Garnish, formerly CEO of AGI Europe, as CEO of AGI-Shorewood Europe; Lucy Tzou, formerly general manager of Shorewood Packaging and IP Foodservice Asia, as CEO of AGI-Shorewood Global Gravure and Asia; and Don Eldert, formerly CFO of Atlas Material Holding Corp., as Executive Vice President and CFO of AGI-Shorewood.


The merger of AGI with Shorewood is consistent with Atlas Holdings’ investment approach of purchasing and successfully transitioning divisions of larger corporate parents into strong independent companies. AGI-Shorewood is a specialized global packaging company that makes innovative products for the world’s premier consumer products companies. AGI-Shorewood also announced plans for a major expansion of its operation in Guangzhou, China, following the completion of the closing of Shorewood’s Chinese businesses later this month. “To support double-digit growth in Asia, following closing on the Chinese businesses later this month, AGI-Shorewood will make an investment of USD 7 million in a significant expansion of our Guangzhou, China plant, including a Heidelberg CX 102 8+L UV lithograph printing press that is also capable of printing with conventional inks and water-based coatings,” said Lucy Tzou, CEO of AGI-Shorewood Global Gravure and Asia. “As a leader in delivering packaging solutions in China for more than 15 years, this major investment demonstrates our continued commitment to the needs of Chinese and multinational brands for high quality, innovative packaging in the golf, tobacco, software, entertainment, electronics, cosmetics and confectionery segments.”

Extending Tube Life with a Simple Solution


Graymills, a leader in Ink Pumping Solutions, has introduced a new Peristaltic Tube Lubricant. Chemically inert, the compound extends tube life by reducing friction. Packaged in convenient 2 or 16 ounce bottles, this small investment can save money for printers using peristaltic pumps. Other plusses in using this new lubricant are that peristaltic pumps run quieter, and there is reduced pump head wear. To promote the use of this new product, every Graymills Peristaltic Pump shipped through June of 2012 will include a sample container along with a coupon for a price reduction on the first order

Chemist/Process Engineer Lean Six Sigma sought by Omnova Solutions, Inc. in Auburn, PA to perfrm color matchng & qualty contrl for approvl of plant batches (color). Reqs deg + exp as Color Chemist. Reqs exp in chemistry/rotogravure/(PVC) gravure printng & web handlng in manufactrng envirnmnt. Reqs exp in chemistry by optimizng Coatings/ gravure inks for color consistncy to reduce color matchng time within operation; exp optimizng gravure printng process/ink for best print qualty. Reqs project managmnt & problm solving skills. Apply to Linda Nemer at

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GAA Press Operator Certification Program is the first nationally recognized gravure press operator skill certification training course. Having certified press operators in your organization demonstrates to your customers and employees the level of commitment your company places on insuring excellent manufacturing practices to produce the highest quality printing. The significance you attach to guarantee these manufacturing and quality practices exist in the operation is a definite employee morale booster and it is an excellent method to evaluate, recognize, retain, reward, and advance talent. Certified press operators will help increase quality, reduce press downtime, increase productivity and factor heavily in your efforts to reduce total systems cost in the operation. We believe that is a very powerful sales tool. There are currently nine modules completed. These initial courses cover:

➊ Safety ➋ Color Theory ➌ Control Inks ➍ Print Cylinders ➎ Impression Rollers ➏ Doctor Blades ➐ Troubleshooting on Press ➑ Press Fingerprinting & Press Characterization

➒ Gravure Press Dryers We anticipate that certification will provide a distinct competitive advantage to those companies that participate, and we want everyone to have an opportunity to get involved at its inception. Go to for more information and a link to a program presentation that summarizes the Operator Certification Program content, training options, and the economics. 50 GRAVURE/April 2011

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