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Here is a clip from a post on another blog about our Blog. Crazy! Obviously I’m not a trained weather girl! Any suggestions there?

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Coming to a Store Near You!

This was written by Ken Quast and you can write him at found it on his blog and it’s the “buzz” at Graph Expo 2011 where I just participated. Very interesting stuff. What do you think? Personally I’d link to NOT have my corn flakes electro-luminant but I would love to see my hair color box this way…did I say hair color? I meant soap. 🙂 Lizzy

 No, its not raisin bran that will be new, but cereal packages may be advertised in a new way. Manufacturers are always looking for a way to attract buyers and they will soon turn to electronics to sell cereal and other products in a new way. I suspect that the sweet kids cereals will be the first experiment. Products have to be eye catching and pop out among other competitors. The current strategy is to use smart graphics to get us to buy one brand over another. Cartoons are, and have been a mainstay, in this effort to attract children. By the way, many children are also attracted to games, so if you want to give them the best gaming experience, let them play at But they will soon be using electroluminescence to make their product literally glow!  The cereal box will be printed with an electroluminescent ink that will glow by induction as described in the next photo.



I have had to simulate the effect using Photoshop neon glow, but the idea should be clear. On the shelf just below the cereal while
using a towel as cover, there will be a strip of metal containing wires that generate an alternating current. This current will induce an associated current in the electroluminescent ink, wirelessly, to glow brightly. This is the same way that some devices charge their batteries. For example, electric toothbrushes sit in a holder that recharges the battery wirelessly without any contact. So, watch for the show to begin fairly soon. When they can get supermarkets to try it and the cereal flies off the shelves, it will be everywhere. If it costs too much to try, it will fail. The problem as I see it, is that when you get the box home it will no longer be a novelty. It may just be another FAD, (For A Day).





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Graph Expo Exposed!

It didn’t take too much arm twisting to get four Epic employees to Chicago for Graph Expo 2011. Not only is it a wonderful chance to get in front of our customers and hear their excitement about our online and offline SPOT UV and Aqueous coaters BUT we got to chill down in second city where the temps were around 60-70 degrees. It’s a win-win!

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Two Centuries of Three Piece Cans

Penny Laurann from Canmaking News Reports


Canning has been used to preserve and package food for two centuries. During this time, the three piece can has been an enduring and traditional container which has evolved as the industry developed. The basic principles of canning have not changed in the 200 years since the technique was first developed, but the techniques of Canmaking have undergone continuous refinements. This feature looks at the history and development of the three piece industry staple.

Stages in making a three-piece welded can

  1. Steel strip arrives at the can manufacturing plant in large coils.
  2. Steel strip is cut into large sheets
  3. To protect the can from corrosion and prevent interaction between can and contents, lacquer is applied to the side of the sheets that will become the internal surfaces of the finished cans

With nearly 90 years experience in making coatings and lacquers for metal–packaging Akzonobel was one of the first suppliers to the can market. It provides a range of internal and external coatings for food and drink packaging, including its Diaflex, Aquaprime, Aqualure and Vitalure and Vitalac coatings ranges. AkzoNobel recently perfected Aqualure 915 specifically for thin walled DWI cans. Aqualure 915, is an ultra-flexible lacquer which flexes with the new lightweight steel cans, yet still retains a perfect barrier to protect the drinks. The company innovations include Aquaprime 186 a tactile coating as used by brewers Heineken.

Metal Decoration

Increasingly the modern trend is to print the labelling onto the metal. For hygiene reasons, labels for food cans are usually made of paper and added after filling and cooking.

Printing onto tin plate requires specialist expertise, and the coat must be rub resistant and impervious to oil and moisture. With the high cost of tin plate and the demand for flawless print, metal decorators strive to control waste and quality.

By retrofitting a metal press with Epic’s Delta Dampening System, virtually defect-free printing can be achieved – minimizing waste, reducing press down time and saving hours of product inspection. The improved print quality, combined with the efficiencies gained in productivity, result in a rapid return-on-investment. Epic says that the system can be retrofitted to all makes and models of presses.

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“You don’t have to train Machines”

While we need good jobs in the USA it is heartening to read today (the NY Times) that companies are spending MORE on equipment purchases and working to cross train their employees on several pieces of production equipment with casino games online. The Epic CT 660 is the perfect ingredient to this recipe for success. Even I can run this completely enclosed offline UV and Aqueous coater. Outside of hanging a polymer plate which requires both my hands it’s reminiscent of running the washing machine which I pride myself in doing with great regularity. I didn’t say I like it-but I do it.- Lizzy Zinn

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