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Establish Your Barrier Coating Solution Now
June 16, 2024 | KYMC Marketing
Over the drupa 2024 period, we have received ample requests regarding barrier coating. Therefore, we have decided to summarize the barrier coating solutions that we offer in case you missed us during drupa. It did not come to our surprise that many industry leaders were interested in finding or upgrading their barrier coating solutions as coating demand is on the rise due to an increase in environmental consciousness. The trend of replacing multi-layer materials with mono material will require a coating to provide the barrier functions needed. According to Smithers, the global coating market is expected to increase to $10.79 billion in 2028. The volume demand will accelerate, and to make sure that you don’t miss out on this opportunity, finding the right solution partner with suitable equipment technologies is critical.
KYMC’s ESG commitment and paper application innovations opening doors in Japan’s
May 21, 2024 | KYMC Marketing
In October 2023, Japan joined Europe in pledging to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 — a goal KYMC shares. Committed to upholding sustainability in business, KYMC has implemented strategies and efforts to reduce negative environmental impacts from its operations, typically measured by the environment, social and governance metric. This mainly accounts for the environmental impact of a company’s carbon emissions and waste discharge, including toxic and hazardous materials.
May 9, 2024 | KYMC Marketing
We are excited to share that Mark Dallmeyer has joined KYMC's service team as the Customer Service Representative for the North American region. Known for our commitment to providing reliable and responsive service, KYMC has earned the trust of customers in the North American market through our extensive service. With the ongoing expansion of our customer base in North America, Mark's addition further strengthens our commitment to serving and earning the trust of our customers through personalized care and efficient solutions.
Sustainable Print Technology at Drupa
May 9, 2024 | KYMC Marketing

With a shared commitment to advancing sustainable packaging solutions, KYMC, a leading flexo printing machine manufacturer, and Toyo Ink Co., Ltd., an artience group company and a prominent provider of ink and coating solutions, are poised to make a significant impact at drupa 2024. Embracing innovation, Toyo Ink has developed a range of functional inks and coatings tailored specifically for sustainable packaging applications. Complementing this initiative, KYMC has engineered printing machines capable of simultaneously printing and coating with these functional inks and coatings. Together, the two firms are gearing up to showcase their collaborative efforts in sustainable packaging solutions at the drupa 2024 exhibition.

Revolutionizing  Printing: The Power of Smart Production Monitoring Systems
May 9, 2024 | KYMC Marketing

An upgrade to an ergonomic press design can turn into a more efficient production process. This is critical in a fast-paced world of printing and converting, where productivity and flexibility make all the difference. A digital kanban system for monitoring and managing the operation can contribute greatly to an ergonomics process. To be able to centrally monitor the real-time production status at the different press locations prevents unnecessary waste caused by walking back and forth around the machine. Walking back and forth to obtain status info at the different stations can be prevented.  As a result, an improved ergonomic friendliness for the operator and at the same time reduced unnecessary time spent on gathering data.

Coating for Food Packaging
March 27, 2024 | KYMC Marketing

Keeping it fresh, containing the grease, controlling gas exchange, and preventing light penetration and aromas leaking are the main functional aspects of coating in food packaging. From an aesthetic perspective, coating helps the food to look as attractive as possible to the consumer. With the growing demand for convenient food due to the busy urban lifestyle, the need for preserving the food and marketing it to the consumers is also growing. According to Vantage Market Research, the food coating market is valued at USD 3.3 billion in 2022. It is projected that the food coating market will reach a value of USD 4.99 billion by 2030 at a CAGR of 6.12% between 2023 and 2030.  So how does coating work, and what are the mainstream coatings on today’s market?

Flexographic press at Drupa 2024
February 28, 2024 | KYMC Marketing

Drupa is the largest printing equipment tradeshow that is hosted every four years by Messe Dusseldorf in Dusseldorf, Germany. At Drupa 2024 innovative equipment and top-class knowledge will be presented. This is where printers and converters will discover the future of print technologies and graphic communication. Different printing technologies including flexographic press, digital press, rotogravure press, and many coating and lamination machines demonstrated for different industry applications.


At Drupa 2024, one of the key highlights will include circular economy and sustainability. Where the more recyclable mono-material packaging and water-based inks will be shown. At the same time, more efficient hybrid equipment such as flexographic press + coating and lamination machines will prove its value in reducing waste and reducing change over time. This is where equipment manufacturers will present their energy-efficient solutions.  KYMC is an experienced hybrid equipment manufacturer, delivering hybrid flexographic presses to industries such as the fast-food industries and other food packaging industries. KYMC presses are also suitable for water-based ink printing as different efficient drying systems can be installed on the presses including NIR drying, Infrared, UV-LED, and hot air.

Sustainable Paper Cup
February 6, 2024 | KYMC Marketing
Paper cups are usually coated with a layer of plastics (Polyethylene) or wax to make them waterproof. However, this layer of plastic makes recycling much harder. As result, many paper cups ended up in the landfill. Environmental consciousness is on the rise, and companies are now seeking more sustainable paper cup solutions. Some of the solutions include using a more recyclable water-based coating, printing with water-based ink, and to use easily separable solution for plastic and paper.
Automation on a flexographic press
January 23, 2024 | KYMC Marketing
Automation is important. According to Capstone Partners, an investment firm in Boston, USA, the packaging industry players actively adopted technology innovation and automation throughout 2023. Large companies like Amcor and Sealed Air pursued solution models where efficiency was maximized through automation. Many of the Merger and Acquisition(M&A) deals in 2023 were focused on increasing automation at the plant. To remain competitive in the market, finding a flexographic press that has sufficient automation for the packaging operation is crucial for revenue-generating companies... 
Heavy Duty CI Press: A tailored wide web flexo press
December 20, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
Typical wide web width found on the market are below 1.7 meters because a width above 1.7 meters is another realm of craftsmanship. The extreme wide web width usually makes impression control and operability much harder. To design a vibration-free printing press is fundamental for press suppliers yet highly relies on the press suppliers’ know-how and experience. Furthermore, an extreme wide web press means a large press to operate. To design the large press with ergonomic designs so that it is operator-friendly is crucial for production efficiency. Therefore, demand with such specifications tests the design and manufacturing capabilities of press suppliers.
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.

A versatile lamination machine 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.

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.