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FLEXO Magazine : September 2014
Land new customers with our custom solutions Custom Solutions are Standard to Us Consult with us to develop a custom labelstock solution - fast! Let Acucote help you reach new opportunities. We o er fast-turn, special performance solutions to meet the evolving needs of your customers. As a manufacturer of pressure-sensitive labelstocks, we are a exible resource for solution-oriented products. Select from a variety of facestocks, adhesives and liners. Through a streamlined, customer-focused process, our innovative team of application specialists o ers expertise to recommend the best material combinations to satisfy your speci c applications. Strong relationships with a wide range of raw materials suppliers allows Acucote to develop customized solutions faster than the competition... with unmatched customer support and lead times. Nationwide sales force and distribution centers Custom or commodity -- no problem Specialized team for custom solutions Solutions in days not weeks -- most custom orders ship in 5 days or less 910 East Elm Street, Graham, NC 27253 • 800.228.2683 • email@example.com • acucote.com ™ supply many SKUs at the smaller quantities with faster service to the retail shelf. e initial capital investment for stickpack equipment is substantially lower than that of horizontal or other vertical lm faced structure (FFS) equipment for packagers. Narrow web converters can o er contract packagers shorter runs, speed of delivery, service programs, high end graphics and a wide breadth of products and packaging options. Stickpacks represent an e cient and sustainable packaging solution, allowing narrow web converters to run four to 10 packs across a narrow web press. Stickpacks also meet consumer demand for green packaging, as they require less material and result in less waste in local land lls. Lighter weight packages likewise reduce warehousing and trans- portation costs. STICKPACK & OTHER FLEXPACK USAGE Stickpacks and other forms of exible packaging employ a combina- tion of materials, such as paper, lm and foil to provide the necessary properties to protect package contents. e industry has used paper face lamination stickpacks the longest with limited use due to lower barrier properties. Many paper stickpacks are similar to the sugar packet, which consists of a paper face and sealant. Paper faced stickpacks are lightweight and suitable for dry goods, such as private label sugar, salt, pepper and some avorings. ey are easy to tear open, but need to be kept in climate controlled environments. Varnish is typically applied during processing to help with ow in the packaging equipment. Stickpacks are packaged on vertical owing equipment, regardless of whether they have a paper or lm structure. Other paper laminations consisting of paper/poly/foil/poly are o en used to package dry goods, such as gravy mixes, hot cocoa and dry soups. Heavier paper laminations may be required to package products, such as dry rice or noodles, to add sti ness and puncture re- sistance. Dry goods manufacturers select FFS' if they want to step up their appearance with higher quality graphics. In doing so, they lose the easy open feature of the paper/poly/foil/poly package. Most paper applications are run on horizontal owing equipment, with sti ness a factor in the packaging process. " Stickpacks represent an efficient and sustainable packaging solution, allowing narrow web converters to run four to 10 packs across a narrow web press." 42 FLEXO | SEPTEMBER 2014