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What is flexo printing & How does it work? | Ultimate Guide
November 26, 2023 | KYMC Marketing

Flexo printing or flexographic printing is a printing process that can be applied to many substrates, including porous materials (paperboards, corrugated boards, paper) and non-porous materials (plastic films). The process can also accommodate various ink types (water-based ink, solvent-based ink, UV inks and EB-curable inks). It is one of the most common printing methods for flexible packaging, corrugated board printing, paper cup printing, paper bag and plastic bag printing, and sanitary product(diaper/pads) printing.

KYMC X ESG X Paper Application – Japan Market
November 24, 2023 | KYMC Marketing

In recent years KYMC has focused on two main areas: One, helping our customers in their ESG (environment, social, governance) strategies to become a sustainable business. Two, to help meet the paper packaging market demand as more and more countries are banning the use of plastics. In October 2023, Japan joined Europe in pledging to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. From an environmental perspective, KYMC machineries are designed to help reduce energy consumption by equipping their machines with energy recycling systems. KYMC provides flexographic printing machines that can work with water-based ink to reduce VOC emissions. KYMC machines can be customized to integrate the printing, coating, and lamination into one machine to improve efficiency and therefore to reduce waste production during job changes.

Sustainable Learning:  Electronic Paper in the Taiwan community
October 5, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
KYMC feels proud to be one of E Ink’s ePaper ecosystem partners. KYMC’s excellence in the Roll-to-Roll machinery played a significant role in the mass production of electronic paper. It is to provide highly automated Roll-to-Roll machines with smart functions, precision, and at an exceptional yield rate. Together with E-ink and 20-plus companies, KYMC is committed to bringing sustainable learning to the Taiwan community. A give-back project was initiated in 2017 to provide elementary schools and public libraries with e-readers (electronic paper reading devices). The goal is to target one city per year. Until today the ePaper ecosystem partners have reached out to cities including Tainan, Changhua, Chiayi, New Taipei City, Taoyuan, and Penghu. This year in 2023 we reached out to Keelung City, providing 39 elementary schools and 10 public libraries with 1,075 e-readers (color display version).
What is sustainability in business?
September 28, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
Sustainability in business refers to a company’s strategy and effort to reduce negative environmental impact from its business operation. An organization’s effort into sustainability is often measured by the ESG metric or environment, social and governance. According to Gartner the rising importance of ESG is driven by a wide range of stakeholders, from investors through to communities, NGOs and employees. Therefore, CEO and senior business executives are highlighting the importance of ESG, which is rising quickly in their priority. However, developing an ESG strategy is a big step for many organizations. Many organizations fail to bridge its strategy with its execution. At KYMC we work with our customers to achieve their ESG goals, here is what we recommend you to start with:
Wax Coating for Packaging Applications
September 24, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
Wax coating is applied to paper to enhance the functionality during packaging. Wax will make the paper more durable and moisture resistance. Wax will keep the paper together when it comes into contact with moistures like grease or water. That’s how you are able to enjoy your greasy hamburger without getting grease onto your hand and unwrap your candy without it sticking to its packaging. Wax coating is all around us.
From an environmental perspective: Paper Packaging V.S Plastic Packaging
September 14, 2023 | KYMC Marketing

The route to a more eco friendly packaging is to switch from plastic materials over to paper materials. Is this really the case? Paper is a more recyclable material on its own. However, it is another story when paper is coated with plastic. If the recycling ecosystem for plastic coated paper is not set up in the neighborhood, plastic coated paper may be harder to recycle than plastic alone. Furthermore, the process of producing paper is more water intensive than plastics. Using paper also means taking the risk of over deforestation if paper is not sourced sustainably. So, is paper really more eco-friendly than plastic? In this article we will look at the bigger picture to explore the pros and cons for both paper packaging and plastic packaging.

Green RFID tags with laser ablation
August 28, 2023 | KYMC Marketing

RFID tags play an important role when it comes to tracking and obtaining information about a product. That’s why global brands like UNIQLO, Decathlon, and Zara have fully adopted the RFID tag into the price tag system for their products. As ESG factors become increasingly important for companies in the marketplace, companies are looking for greener ways to produce RFID tags. The need for green tags is on the rise. There are mainly two places in the RFID production process that we can alter to make it greener.  One area is to alter the selection of substrate that the aluminum antenna sits on, and the other area is to alter the way how the antenna (RFID dry inlay) is manufactured.

4 Common water-based printing issues
July 26, 2023 | KYMC Marketing

If you are on a water-based printing operation or thinking about switching to a water-based printing operation, then you must understand the common water-based printing issues which include 1. Ink foaming 2. gelation 3. light ink color 4. and poor drying.

A versatile lamination press to meet your diverse packaging
June 27, 2023 | KYMC Marketing

As brands try their best effort to catch the attention of consumers, different packaging designs are created to achieve this goal. In turn, it is the printers’ and converters’ (coating and lamination) challenge to turn these different designs into down-to-earth packaging products. Surface-reverse printing is one of the ways to catch the consumer's eye. In the following article, we will discuss the two typical industrial processes related to surface-reverse printing/coating.

May 25, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
Sustainable Packaging in Agriculture Industry
May 15, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
A company located in Leon, at the heart of the agriculture market in Mexico, has a strong presence in sustainable packaging. The company’s main business is in the agri-food packaging market. As a company, it cares greatly about the environment. It is one of the first companies in Latin America to develop compostable solutions for the agri-food industry. The company has taken substantial actions to demonstrate its commitment towards sustainability including initiatives such as the use of recyclable plastics in its production, the development of smart packaging to reduce food waste, the recovery and reuse of production waste, optimizing facilities for energy efficiencies, and the reduction of plastic thickness in its products to reduce resource consumption.
What is Sustainable Packaging and Why You Should Care?
April 21, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
Packaging is everywhere, as a result much waste has been generated from packaging. Packaging has always played an important role in people’s lives, and we are inseparable from it. The question now is how we can continue to use packaging but at the same time minimize the waste generated from using it so that it does not compromise our future generations. To enjoy the convenience that packaging brings to people, to minimize the impact it has on the planet and to provide the packaging supply chain with reasonable profits. Sustainable packaging can be approached in two ways, one is to use biodegradable material that can disintegrate in the environment, another way is to make packaging recyclable.
OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) for Printing
September 19, 2022 | Daywey Chen

OEE stands for Overall Equipment Effectiveness. It is a measurement of productivity. OEE can be broken down into three different factors which are Availability, Performance, and Quality. 

The Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Flexography
June 27, 2022 | Daywey Chen
AI, Machine Learning, and Industry 4.0 have become a buzzword in recent years. But what do these buzzwords mean and how do we relate to them.? Well, we know that these buzzwords have something to do with data. Something related to data gathering and data analysis. That’s correct. In general, these buzzwords relate to, making decisions and taking actions through the support of the data collected, analyzed and modeled. There are five main AI applications for your Flexo printing production. 1. Building production resume 2. Providing real time production monitoring 3. To optimize production continuously 4. Carrying out condition-based maintenance 5. Conducting preventive maintenance.
A Slitting Machine Much More Than Slitting
June 23, 2022 | KYMC Marketing
Why go for a piece of custom-made machinery? Well, this depends on your application. If you are looking for a general solution, then a standardized machinery from the market may suffice. However, if you are looking for a multi-functional equipment, an out of the norm specification, and a solution to greatly boost your production efficiency so you can beat your competition, then you may consider a piece of custom-made machinery that is optimized for different challenges.
Butt Splicing for Easy-Peel Multi-Layer Films
March 29, 2022 | KYMC Marketing

For those that are not familiar with the nonstop web splicing. In general, there are two types of nonstop web splicing, which are lap splicing and butt splicing. Lap splicing is about joining two web rolls together. To join an end of a web roll and a beginning of a web roll together by laying one roll over the other with a tape. In this case, an overlapping region will be created to join the two rolls. On the other hand, butt splicing joins the two web rolls together without an overlapping region, which makes it much harder to perform. Butt splicing is used in applications where the thickness generated by the overlapping region during web joining is not acceptable.

The Annual TFTA Seminar and Exhibition
January 14, 2022 | KYMC Marketing

On 2022-01-13, Taiwan Flexographic Technical Association (TFTA) concluded its annual seminar and exhibition event. The TFTA led by KYMC and other industry leaders aims to become a platform for the Flexographic industry in Taiwan. The platform will be an education and training hub, providing market and technical information to its members. At the same time, serve as the bridge between the Taiwanese government and the local enterprises. In the future, KYMC will continue to aid its members in establishing a tighter relationship with the international supply chain.

Circular Economy: insider view to the paper cup industry
September 30, 2021 | Daywey Chen

This article is a commentary on the paper cup industry in terms of its role in the circular economy. To provide a comprehensive discussion about the paper cup industry through four different topics. First, looking into the different ways to make the paper cup more environmentally friendly on the market. Then diving into the industry status quo on the efforts placed into making the paper cup more environmentally friendly and its effectiveness. Then jumping into the paper cup market potential in terms of government policies and regulations, market volume, and market value. Last, ending with my personal perspective on how the paper cup industry will play out in the circular economy.

Road to Flexo : making the switch from gravure
September 11, 2021 | KYMC Marketing
In parts of the world, the Rotogravure continues to be the dominant printing process adopted. The main reason is due to the fineness of the print. To the rotogravure, a 175 Lpi (line per inch) print resolution is a common standard, both achievable and stable. However, this is not the case back then for flexography. Flexography was printing at 100~120 LPI resolution. This made a major difference between the two processes as the fineness of the print can be easily identifiable by the naked eye. It is not until recent years, with the introduction of the CTP plate-making process, flat-top dots, and other technologies that leapfrogged the flexographic process. To allow 175 Lpi, even up to 200 Lpi resolution to be possible on the flexography process. In this article, we will be discussing why some industries are adopting flexography better than others? What are the main reasons that are preventing printers and converters to adopt flexography in some regions of the world?
Better machine communication through OPC-UA
July 12, 2021 | Daywey Chen
OPC-UA has integrated the OPC-DA, OPC-A&E and OPC-HDA communicated protocol together. To integrate the capability for data access, alarm & event, and historical data access. Together, formulating an OPC-UA structure. OPC-UA allows for more efficient and effective communication between machines, within the individual machines, between machines and people, between machines and other application systems. In this article, let’s look into the attributes, composition, and communication methods of OPC-UA.
How’s Everyone Doing Under the COVID-19 Pandemic?
June 29, 2021 | KYMC Marketing

Have you ever wondered how’s everyone doing under the pandemic? Where do you stand when compared to others? According to Smithers’ latest industry report. The anticipated impact of COVID-19 is an increase in both the print value and print volume of the packaging & labels industry by more than 10% from 2020-2025. Is this really the case? Let’s see what our customers have to say...

KYMC has reached out to our global client base to see how they are doing. The below responses were provided by Huhtamaki from UAE, Verix from Australia, Detpak from South Africa, Longpak from South Africa, and Alpha Plastomers from India.

5S implementation in the printing & packaging industry
June 16, 2021 | Daywey Chen
Most people have heard of 5S before, which stands for sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain. 5S is a framework for visual management or visual control. 5S is about making the most efficient out of the workplace, where materials, tools, and equipment are organized in a logical location based on who needs them and how frequently are they needed. Successful implementation of the 5S program has proven to make the workplace function better by making it an easier place to work.
SOA for the Printing and Packaging Industry
June 10, 2021 | Daywey Chen
What is SOA? SOA is a term that came from the software industry. It stands for service-oriented architecture. The idea behind this software architecture is that the services, or in other words functions could be broken down into components and be served individually or as a whole, depending on the requirement. Under SOA, the software is no longer designed with multiple functions bundled together that are inseparable. Leading to unused functions burdening up the system and raising up the cost. In a gist, SOA means to take only what you need! And not have to worry about adding or even dropping functions as you go.
Continue to Supply the Market with Inline Flexo
November 25, 2020 | KYMC Marketing

Albeit the market disruption caused by the Corona Virus, the demand for the KYMC inline flexographic press continues to go strong. The inline flexographic presses are supplied to the major players of take-out bags, fast food wrappers and containers producers across the globe, ranging from USA, China, India to Vietnam. 

KYMC at the Touch Taiwan 2019 Exhibition
September 12, 2019 | KYMC Marketing

Touch Taiwan is an annual leading exhibition for the display industry. Connecting the high-tech industry’s supply chain. For the display application on OLED, Micro LED, digital signage, wearable display, automotive displays, logistics display and educational displays.2019 is KYMC’s fifth attendance to the show. This time around KYMC working together with the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan demonstrated our capability to fabricate OLED lighting and functional substrate using the flexographic printing process.