New developments in digital printing and finishing as it relates to packaging are unfolding at such

New developments in digital printing and finishing as it relates to packaging are unfolding at such a rapid clip these days that anything resembling a comprehensive overview would be difficult at best. But here are a few highlights in the main substrate categories—corrugated, flexible film, labels, folding cartons, enhancement—where digital printing is making its presence felt in a big way. Corrugated might be the best place to start, since a number of things are happening in both pre-printing of linerboard and post-printing of sheet-fed corrugated. We begin with DS Smith, whose Featherstone facility in the U.K. was the first to commercialize the HP PageWide T1100S from HP in Spring of 2016. The T1100S ink-jet web press permits high-speed CMYK pre-printing of 110 inch wide (2.8 m) corrugated linerboard at 600ft/min (198 m). A second T1100S was installed in Smith’s Fulda, Germany, plant around January of 2018. But then just a few months later, HP and DS Smith announced a change in plans. The T1100S that DS Smith was installing in Fulda will be upgraded to the T1190. Introduced at FESPA 2018 in Munich, the T1190 prints not only CMYK but also Orange and Violet, thus extending...

A mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible.

A mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph.. Partly cloudy skies early followed by scattered thunderstorms overnight. Low 72F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Food safety is no different. You guessed it—September is National Food Safety Education Month. I made a list to celebrate. Below are 10 mistakes you may be making when it comes to food safety, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1. Eating “risky” foods if you are more likely to get food poisoning. Are you an adult age 65 or older, a pregnant woman or a person with a weakened immune system? I’m guessing you’re not a child under five years old, but you may know one. These people should avoid undercooked or raw animal products (meat, chicken, eggs or seafood), and unpasteurized milk, cheeses and juices. 2. Not washing your hands well. Hopefully everyone is washing their hands, but did you know thorough hand washing means 20 full seconds of scrubbing with soap and water? That’s about the length of time it takes to sing your ABCs. 3. Rinsing raw meat and poultry. Doing this can spread germs to your sink, counter...

Reggie Ragland on UGA players getting boxes: ‘They want to be like us’

It seems that the University of Georgia is finding any and every way to copy the University of Alabama, in terms of football.  Whether it was the “Ball Out” turnover belt or the new lighting feature inside the stadium, the Crimson Tide would originate ideas only for the Bulldogs to duplicate. For a while, the Tide was the lone program sending boxes with items of appreciation to former players in the National Football League. Nick Saban treats these young men as if they were his own children, so it’s only right that he honors them.  In not trying to be lapped by greatness, Kirby Smart started sending boxes to all Bulldog alumni in the NFL. Mecole Hardman, a receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs, was on Georgia’s 2017 team that made a run to the College Football Playoff national title game.  Upon opening his box, his teammate – Reggie Ragland – immediately starting joking him about Georgia’s lack or originality. “Georgia want to be like us so bad,” Ragland said via Instagram. “A’int that right, Mecole. Mecole, y’all want to be like us so bad with the box. Man, that’s crazy.”  Even when Hardman brought up the fact that Smart came from Alabama, Ragland was not having any of the back t...

The High Score Resume format: How to write a resume for 2020

So I wanted to share what we’ve learned at Ladders from reviewing millions of resumes over the years and seeing how those resumes did in over 1 billion applications.  I’ve written several bestsellers on Amazon covering resumes and interviews, and will provide some of my best resume help in this post, and link to others. The High Score Resume focuses your resume on sharing the “high scores” you’ve reached and the achievements you’ve unlocked throughout your career. It is a format that enables you to present yourself in the most effective way possible without worrying about bragging. And it provides hiring managers and recruiters concrete proof of what you’re capable of. The High Score Resume also is very clear to people reading your resume about what you’d like to do next, i.e., what your next level is going to be. By showing what you’ve already achieved, it’s easy to explain what you’re capable of next. So while there are other parts of your resume that will deserve attention, the High Score Resume focuses most of your time and effort on the two most important sections of your resume: your work experience and your professional summary. From our experience at Ladders, the most su...

In Gaza, 86 Palestinians injured, one slain, in 76th Friday protest

On 76th Friday Great March of Return: Palestinian civilian killed and 86 civilians injured PCHR 28 Sept — On 76th Friday of Great March of Return, a Palestinian civilian was killed and 86 civilians were injured as a result of the Israeli military’s continued use of excessive force against the peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border; 22 children, 4 female paramedics, 5 male paramedics and 2 persons with disabilities were among those injured this Friday, 27 September 2019. This week witnessed an escalation in the use of excessive force against the protesters as injury of 5 of them was deemed serious; one died after hours of his injury while 4, including a child and a female paramedic, are still in a very serious condition.  Further, 40 protesters were shot with live bullets while the Israeli forces escalated their attacks against the medical personnel, which enjoys protection under the international humanitarian law, wounding 9 paramedics, including a female paramedic deemed in very critical condition. The Supreme National Authority of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege called for today’s protests under the slogan “al-Aqsa Intifada and Palestinian Prisone...

Which store has the best deals on HDMI cables? Which Web site has the best selection?

Which store has the best deals on HDMI cables? Which Web site has the best selection? Which HDMI cable is right for your TV? Answers to these questions, and more, in the definitive (if I do say so myself) HDMI cable buyers guide: First off, cheap cables will produce the exact same picture and sound quality as expensive cables. Check out our HDMI cable trilogy: “Why all HDMI cables are the same,” “Why all HDMI cables are the same, Part 2,” “Still more reasons why all HDMI cables are the same” and “4K HDMI cables are nonsense.” These articles go into extensive detail about how HDMI cables work, and why by their very nature, you’re either getting a perfect image, or no image at all. Standard speed cables can handle up to 1080i. High speed can handle definition far beyond 1080p. Here’s the thing: the price difference is negligible, so only buy high-speed cables. Most HDMI cables you’ll find in a store are high-speed cables. Very few products have Ethernet-over-HDMI compatibility, so it’s not likely you need to pay extra for the feature in the cable. If you want to “future proof” your system slightly...

Raspberry Pi enthusiasts may be interested to know that a new Raspberry Pi stepper motor and

Raspberry Pi enthusiasts may be interested to know that a new Raspberry Pi stepper motor and DC bonnet has being designed by Adafruit and is now available to purchase from their online store priced at $22.50. The Raspberry Pi bonnet can drive up to 4 DC or 2 stepper motors with full PWM speed control offering a great solution for robotics, DIY milling machines or 3D printers. Adafruit explains a little more about the inspiration and design of the new Adafruit DC & Stepper Motor Bonnet for Raspberry Pi. “We basically took our super-popular DC+Stepper Motor HAT and squeezed it down and made it fully assembled – plug and play ready to go, no soldering required! Since the Raspberry Pi does not have a lot of PWM pins, we use a fully-dedicated PWM driver chip onboard to both control motor direction and speed. This chip handles all the motor and speed controls over I2C. Only two pins (SDA & SCL) are required to drive the multiple motors, and since it’s I2C you can also connect any other I2C devices or HATs to the same pins.” The Raspberry Pi stepper motor and DC bonnet supports all Raspberry Pi computers with a 2×20 connection port and you can even stack multiple motor bonnets ...

Towne & Reese launched its first collection of jewelry in 2010 to independent retailers at the

Towne & Reese launched its first collection of jewelry in 2010 to independent retailers at the Atlanta Gift Market. The brand quickly gained momentum and became known for its trendy yet affordable pieces. After focusing on the independent retailers for many seasons, Towne & Reese began selling to department stores in 2014. The business has since expanded into soft goods (scarves, ponchos, ruanas, etc) and has evolved to focus solely on department stores and key account businesses with the majority being under private label brands. Towne & Reese produces roughly 250 skus each month for these different brands. We are looking to hire a Product Development Assistant to aid the Production and Sales Teams in developing a portion of these skus – specifically related to the Towne & Reese soft goods business. Overview:The Product Development Assistant will work with the Sales Manager to help develop new soft goods styles for each season as well as manage soft goods development samples among all factories. The Product Development Assistant will also be responsible for assisting the Production Manager in overseeing soft goods approval samples that are currently in productio...

Size matters. Big U.S. farms get even bigger amid China trade war

FILE PHOTO: Farmer Doug Zink checks the quality of soil in his soybean field near Carrington, North Dakota, U.S., August 8, 2019. REUTERS/Dan Koeck HAZELTON, N.D. (Reuters) – As the 2018 harvest approached, North Dakota farmer Mike Appert had a problem – too many soybeans and nowhere to put them. Selling was a bad option. Prices were near decade lows as U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China weighed heavily on the market. Temporary storage would only buy him a little bit of time, particularly in an area where cold weather can damage crops stored in plastic bags. So Appert, who farms 48,000 acres (19,425 hectares), cut a check for $800,000 to build eight new permanent steel bins. That allowed him to hold onto his bumper crop and wait for prices to recover. He sold half of the 456,000 bushels stored on his farm throughout the following summer, earning about $1 more per bushel and avoiding storage at nearby CHS elevators or an Archer Daniels Midland Co. (NYSE: ADM) processor in the area. But most farmers do not have $800,000 to spend on steel bins, and many are going under. The number of U.S. farms fell by 12,800 to 2.029 million in 2018, the smallest ...

Synthomer introduces new Litex SX grade for EIFS reinforcement fabrics

Editorial: Rival textile and clothing producing countries aim to make gains from the US-China trade war In pursuit of purity at Dornbirn 2019Over 100 presentations on the latest developments in fibre engineering and processing were made to more than 7 Synthomer, the leading producer of emulsion polymers, introduces its LITEX SX 591 water based binder for the manufacture of glass fibre fabrics used for EIFS/ETICS applications. It is said to offer excellent properties for both fast and cost efficient production and the on-site application of the final product. Saving energy for the heating and cooling of buildings will continue to be a key focus in achieving climate change objectives, the company reports. Therefore, better insulated buildings using more environmentally friendly and cost effective products and technologies will be essential. Synthomer continues to support the industry providing smarter polymers for many products in use in the construction sector. LITEX SX 591 is a coater ready binder for glass fibre fabrics finishing. It complements Synthomer´s broad range of water-based XSBR latex binders for the manufacture of glass mesh reinforcement products used for building i...

Wolf acts on reforms to protect, advocate for vulnerable Pennsylvanians

WILKES-BARRE — Acknowledging long-standing issues with existing state systems, Gov. Tom Wolf by executive order announced that an overhaul of the state services and systems to protect the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians begins this week. “This is the beginning of a process to acknowledge Pennsylvania, over the past few decades, has failed to maintain our systems to protect and help our most vulnerable residents, and that must change,” Wolf said. “We’ve heard and seen the horror stories. Many stem from a government too eager to serve the needs of institutions and too reluctant to serve the needs of people. I am taking executive action to make changes that will stop the system from failing Pennsylvanians most in need of our protection and care. This process builds on and incorporates important reforms passed and proposed by the General Assembly, and begins what I hope to be a productive but honest conversation about how we can move forward to protect Pennsylvanians and put people first.” Wolf’s “Protection of Vulnerable Populations” Executive Order establishes an Office of Advocacy and Reform, maintained by the governor’s office with an executive director that includes a new child ...

Sept 23rd, 2019 – Quick Sale Heads Up: There’s currently a deal on the original CycleOps/Saris Hammer

Sept 23rd, 2019 – Quick Sale Heads Up: There’s currently a deal on the original CycleOps/Saris Hammer (H1) down to $699, from the usual $1,000.  This is basically on clearance, given its been superseded by the Hammer 2 (H2) and just announced H3 units. Though the H1 did actually get a substantial firmware update this past summer that increases accuracy on sprints considerably. CycleOps…err…now Saris is getting a bit ahead of the Eurobike show announcement flood by starting early. Today they’ve announced three new products. First, is this post – the Saris H3 (Hammer 3) trainer. This trainer gets a bit quieter while also getting a bit more accurate. Atop that they’ve announced their $1,199 MP1 motion platform that they previewed last year at Eurobike. And finally, they’ve announced their $329 TD1 trainer desk. I’ll be discussing those two products in another post once I get more hands-on time with them in the DCR Cave. For now though, I’ve been rockin’ the H3 trainer over the last few weeks and have a pretty good grasp of things. I’ve been putting it through the ringer of apps including Zwift, TrainerRoad, and Rouvy. And of course, have a good idea of where it sits competitively t...

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