The 2015 TLMI Awards.

 
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WS PACKAGING GROUP TAKES THE TOP PRIZE in the 2015 TLMI Label Awards for its Meguiar's Paint Protect label. In addition to the Best of Show distinction, the entry also won Best of Class honors in the Multi-Process category. Joining WS Packaging in taking home Best of Class awards are entries from Collotype Labels, ASL Print FX Ltd., Collotype Labels North American Wine and Spirits, Inland, and McDowell Label & Screen Printing. Notably, McDowell Label took home the most accolades overall with 11 First Place and six Second Place awards.

There were a total of 48 First Place and 26 Second Place awards handed out. This year's competition saw entries submitted from all over the world, coming from the US, Mexico, Canada, the UK, Poland, China and Australia.

Emphasis in judging these labels is placed on innovation and technical achievement. The 2015 judging committee, chaired by Paul Teachout of Nilpeter USA, included Richard Black, All Printing Resources; Mike Buystedt, Flint Group Narrow Web; J. Page Crouch, Clemson University; Andre Blais, Gallus; Jim FHarris, Actega WIT; John Hickey, Domino; Robbie King, Harper Corporation of America; Ray Mackura, Avery Dennison; Michael Rivera, K Laser Technology (USA); Steve Schulte, Mark Andy; and Robert Wray, Nilpeter USA.

BEST OF SHOW

BEST OF CLASS--MULTI-PROCESS

FIRST PLACE, NORTH AMERICAN

CATEGORY: Multi-Process--Color Process--Prime WS PACKAGING GROUP, INC.

ENTRY: Meguiar's Paint Protect

DESCRIPTION/CHALLENGES: Presenting a special challenge was achieving the 5 mm lift on screen tactile, all while keeping registration of the spot gloss varnish around the type and water droplets through multiple processes.

END USE: Automotive product, plastic bottle, front label

BEST OF CLASS--DIGITAL

1st PLACE, NORTH AMERICAN

CATEGORY: Wine & Spirits--Digital Printing / Toner--Color Process--Prime

COLLOTYPE LABELS

ENTRY: Tres Manos, Anejo Tequila

DESCRIPTION/CHALLENGES: Challenges included aligning the foiling, embossing, and diecutting to the pre-printed Indigo process over a large label with a special shape. The production sequence was Indigo printing, foil stamping, embossing, flood UV matte varnish, spot UV gloss varnish and diecutting. The finished product achieved the vision of the graphic designer and met client expectations.

END USE: Spirits label

BEST OF CLASS--OFFSET--WINE & SPIRITS

1ST PLACE, NORTH AMERICAN

CATEGORY: Wine & Spirits --Offset--Line & Screen/ Tone--Prime

COLLOTYPE LABELS NORTH AMERICAN WINE AND SPIRITS

ENTRY: Hidden Crush, 2014 Pinot Noir

DESCRIPTION/CHALLENGES: This job called for uncoated paper, seven offset colors, hot foil stamping, overprinting, silkscreen varnish, flexo matte varnish, flatbed sculpt embossing and flat diecutting--all one pass.

END USE: Wine label

2nd PLACE, NORTH AMERICAN

CATEGORY: Digital Printing / Toner--Color Process--Prime

CREATIVE LABELS OF VERMONT

ENTRY: JK Adams 14" Walnut Lazy Susan

DESCRIPTION/CHALLENGES: The challenge was in meeting the customer's and designer's quality needs while supplying a label whose adhesive would work perfectly with a wood-oiled product.

END USE: Household goods

BEST OF CLASS--FLEXOGRAPHY--WINE & SPIRITS

1st PLACE, NORTH AMERICAN

CATEGORY: Wine & Spirits--Flexography / Letterpress--Color Process--Prime

ASL PRINT FX LTD.

ENTRY: Night Glider, 2013 Pelee Island Winery

DESCRIPTION/CHALLENGES: There was a challenge regarding the requirement to create a night sky that glittered with "diamonds in the sky" without taking away from the flying squirrel brand image.

END USE: Wine label

1ST PLACE, NORTH AMERICAN

CATEGORY: Gravure--Line/Prime

NATIONAL LABEL COMPANY

ENTRY: Energizer EcoAdvanced AA

DESCRIPTION/CHALLENGES: The customer required extremely tight application tolerances, so diecutting and slitting required tight controls. A trim and perf diecut system was used to prevent movement. Energizer wanted to promote its new Eco Advanced alkaline batteries made from recycled content, so the typical silver material was replaced with ink to avoid waste from metalization. Also...

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