Maxcess and RotoMetrics merge.

Maxcess, a global supplier of products and services for web handling applications, has announced its intent to merge with RotoMetrics, a global manufacturer of precision cutting dies and support tooling solutions, under the Maxcess International name.

"The merger of these two world-class organizations will further expand our one-stop-shop offering, providing our OEM and end user customers with the most comprehensive product portfolio available for enhancing their productivity and efficiency," says Odd Joergenrud, CEO of Maxcess.

Customers will benefit from increased R&D and value-added Industry 4.0 solutions, expanded geographical markets, a robust global footprint of manufacturing, sales and service offerings, as well as a broad end-to-end product offering for rotary dies and support tooling solutions, guiding, winding, slitting, tension control and precision rolls.

ASTRONOVA LAUNCHES GETLABELS BRAND

* AstroNova has announced the launch of GetLabels, the newest brand in the company's Product Identification family. Complementing QuickLabel and TrojanLabel, which have been developed for digital color label printers and specialty presses, GetLabels is a global blank label and thermal transfer ribbon supplier for resellers and brand owners.

GetLabels has developed hundreds of label materials engineered to cover the aesthetics, functionality and durability requirements of a broad range of applications. This enables customers to produce their own labels and tags in-house--to their specifications--with just-in-time flexibility.

At GetLabels.com, customers can choose the precise label they want based on their printer technology, market application, material requirements, adhesive type, and ink/toner set. "While we've always prided ourselves on providing a total labeling solution, launching GetLabels as a standalone brand gives us a platform to feature all of the labeling options available to our customers," says Greg Woods, AstroNova president and CEO. "Proprietary labeling materials, adhesives and inks are an integral part of why customers rely on our products, and GetLabels enables us to reach those customers more efficiently and effectively."

AstroNova's Materials Research Lab, located at the company's Rhode Island headquarters, is the hub of product development and qualification testing for the GetLabels brand. Every paper and synthetic label, film and tag, ink and toner is tested to measure adhesion strength and resistance to moisture, chemical solvents, abrasion and UV light. This engineering analysis ensures the quality and durability of GetLabels products for any application, from chemical drum containers and automobile tires to cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverage packaging.

"Our goal is to deliver products and services our customers can consistently rely upon, and we deliver on that commitment in two distinct ways," explains Woods. "First, our documented quality procedures abide by stringent ISO standards, with our quality assurance engineers overseeing our products from raw material all the way through to their completed state in the manufacturing and packaging process. Second, our on-site team of GetLabels media specialists provides free media consultations to ensure all end user requirements are met. The net result is an extremely high level of customer satisfaction and a great user experience."

RESOURCE LABEL GROUP ACQUIRES AXIOM LABEL & PACKAGING

* Resource Label Group, a full-service provider of pressure sensitive label, shrink sleeve and RFID/NFC technologies for the label and packaging industry, has acquired Los Angeles-based Axiom Label & Packaging. The move allows Resource Label to expand its presence in California.

Axiom represents the company's sixth acquisition in California. Resource Label is a portfolio company of First Atlantic Capital, a New York-based private investment firm, and TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG.

Mike Apperson, president and CEO of Resource Label, states, "I am proud to welcome the talented team at Axiom to the Resource Label Group faniily. Axiom provides innovative solutions in labels, shrink sleeves and packaging applications that will broaden our product offering and strengthen our ability to meet customers' requirements. We look forward to working closely with the team to serve our growing customer base along the West Coast."

Located in Compton, CA, USA, Axiom is a supplier of label and packaging products to California businesses and national brands. Axiom offers pressure sensitive, shrink sleeve, extended content and flexible packaging solutions that serve customers across a broad spectrum of industries, including food, beverage, nutraceutical, personal care and health and beauty.

"We are extremely excited to join Resource Label Group," says Kieron Delahunt, former CEO and founder of Axiom Label & Packaging. "Resource Label shares our vision in developing a world class organization that continually exceeds customers' expectations. This partnership is key to supporting our vision and the growth plans for our business."

Emilio Pedroni, managing director at First Atlantic Capital, adds, "Axiom represents a valued addition to Resource Label with its outstanding group of dedicated employees and diverse client base. We are pleased to continue to support Resource Label's expansion, which includes 15 acquisitions since our initial investment in 2011."

KAO COLLINS INCREASES SHELF LIFE OF SIGMA INK

* Kao Collins has announced that ongoing testing of its new Sigma solvent ink has shown a shelf life of 24 months--double the shell lite of 12 months when the product launched in October 2019. Sigma now offers four-times the shelf life compared to competitors, the company says.

Longer shelf life and decap translates to less ink waste, providing an added environmental benefit to using the product. The extended shelf life of Sigma ink, along with its greater-than 12-hour decap time, offers a sustainable alternative tor printers who rely on solvent ink for HP 45a industrial printing systems.

"We heard from OEMs and customers who were tired of having to worry about expired cartridges because of their inks' limited shelf life," explains Chris Rogers, vice president of Kao Collins. "Now our partners don't have to worry about whether or not out-of-date cartridges will work properly, and they can focus on comfortably running production."

Rogers adds that the shelf lite of Sigma ink sets it apart from other TIJ solvent inks.

Sigma ink has proven to be a suitable choice for mailing and addressing industries, along with product coding. The ink adheres to more substrates, including films such as BOPP, PE, PET and PP, foils, a variety of label materials, some metals, and many other non-porous materials.

"Overwhelming feedback about sustainable supply was our primary development focus," Rogers says.

Kao Collins launched this solvent ink for HP 45si thermal inkjet technology. The company's R&D team recognized that a short decap for solvent inks on the market wasted time and money. They set out to reduce the wiping and purging of nozzles, which slows production.

Sigma achieves fast curing, and the aggressive solvent dries quickly on plastics.

"We saw how many solvent ink users struggled with the short decap," says Kristin Adams, marketing manager for Kao Collins. "This ink changes everything and sets Kao Collins apart with Sigma."

LABEL TRAXX DEVELOPS NEW FLEXIBLE PACKAGING SOFTWARE

* Label Traxx, a management software (MIS) specialist for the label converting industry, has announced that new features in Version 8.2 are tailored toward flexible packaging manufacturers. Version 8.2 of the software includes dedicated flexible packaging workflows for companies selling unsupported film, sachets and pouches by weight.

These new tools help with the accurate and consistent estimating of flexible packaging, along with features specifically for flexible packaging order processing. The system not only takes into consideration the weight of the raw material and inks but also other converting options such as additional machine passes to laminate or seal the packaging. In addition, Label Traxx Version 8.2 calculates the weight and cost of any other ancillary items such as spouts, zippers, seals or degassing valves.

The flexible packaging products are quoted in the MIS system in pounds/kilos and then carried through to manufacturing instructions, order confirmations, packing slips and ultimately the invoice. Purchase orders for flexible packaging materials can also be made in pounds/kilos.

"We have seen that flexible packaging is one of the fastest growth areas for our customers, and it's an area showing tremendous growth worldwide." says Ken Meinhardt, Label Traxx president. "Companies are moving to becoming a one-stop labels and packaging shop. We wanted to make sure those companies had no barriers to entering this lucrative market. While the converting process isn't necessarily different--selling by the pound or kilo is unusual with labels. But now, our customers can be confident quoting and manufacturing these kinds of jobs right in Label Traxx."

SYRACUSE LABEL & SURROUND PRINTING ADDS DANTEX PICOCOLOUR PRESS

* Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, an award-winning label converter based in New York, has invested in a Dantex PicoColour UV inkjet digital label press to replace its antiquated digital press. The Dantex PicoColour will complement and increase the company's digital capabilities to an expanding customer base.

Syracuse Label & Surround Printing will take delivery of the new-press in Q1 2020.

Today, the converter runs multiple production lines in its newly expanded facility utilizing a number of technologies, including digital inkjet, to manage the production of a wide range of self-adhesive labels of different types, sizes and designs for a diversity of sectors.

Mark Howard, Graphic Services Segment manager for Syracuse Label &amp...

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