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Co-Current vs Counter Current Drying
October 21, 2022 | Daywey Chen
Rotary dryers can come in two types of airflow configurations. The co-current system and the counter current system. Co-current system is designed so that the airflow and material flow in the same direction. On the other hand, counter current system is designed so that the airflow and the material flow in the opposite direction. To decide which system to adopt will depend on the type of substrate, ink and coating solution used. In this article we will lay out the advantages and disadvantages of both systems for you to review.
Breaking Down the Drying Process
October 17, 2022 | Daywey Chen
Flexographic printing, coating process, lamination process…etc. Whatever the process may be, drying plays a crucial role in the success and failure of the end result. The drying process should be seen as three phases instead of one. The initial phase, the constant rate phase, and the falling rate phase. At each phase the drying substrate will behave differently, affecting your end result. Understanding the role of each phase will help you achieve a balance between efficiency, throughput, and cost control during the journey to create the desired product.
4 Ink challenges in Flexo printing
September 20, 2022 | Daywey Chen
In general, as the press speed increases, the ink will dry faster on the anilox and plate. The reason is at higher speed, the air turbulence will increase, the shear force will increase, and more heat will be generated at the anilox and plate. To decrease the ink drying speed, the energy placed into ink drying will need to be reduced to compensate for the higher airflow and higher heat generation.
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. 
Anilox: Open Cell V.S Closed Cell
August 30, 2022 | Daywey Chen
When choosing an anilox, should I go for an open cell or a closed cell system? The answer to the question depends on what you are working with (ink type, ink viscosity, plate LPI) and what you would like to achieve (printing, coating, half-tone, solid). In this article we will be looking into the characteristics of an open cell system and a closed cell system. To address issues such as ink spitting and pinholes and how to solve them from a cell system’s perspective. Furthermore, going into a few scenarios including high speed printing, UV ink application, special ink / coating enhancement, where certain cell designs may be recommended over the others.
Polyethylene (PE) Extrusion Paper Coating V.S Water Based Paper Coating
August 23, 2022 | Daywey Chen
Even though PE coated paper are recyclable, the recycling processes are time consuming and labor intensive, resulting in most PE coated paper to end up in landfills. According to BBC news, 99.75% of paper coffee cups are not recycled. If PE coated paper are non-recyclable from a cost perspective and causing environmental burden, why are PE coated paper still being adopted at a mass scale?....We will explore the benefit of PE coated paper that made them so popular on the market. As the market becomes more environmentally conscious, more environmentally friendly solutions have been developed to replace the long-standing PE coated paper...We will explore the substitute coating solutions and their production processes. 
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.
KYMC - Glass Conveyance Technology on R2R Equipment
March 15, 2022 | KYMC Marketing
To print on a 50 μm ultra-thin flexible glass material using Flexographic printing. To achieve a two-layer printing: a conductive grid layer and an insulation layer. The insulation layer will be printed over the conductive grid layer through tight registration. This is completed on a Roll-to-Roll(R2R) CI Flexographic press, using silver flexographic ink, a low viscosity and a water-based solution containing nanoscale particles for the conductive grids. A dielectric ink, a low viscosity and water-based solution containing epoxy resin for the insulation layer.
An integrated printing and coating line at 600meters/min
February 8, 2022 | KYMC Marketing
To fulfill the need for a flexible but integrable application. KYMC design presses that do not compromise the overall production speed after integration. No matter it is a print job working alone, or a print job plus a coating job combined, the production speed can be maintained at the same level. This will ensure the efficiency of the production.
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.
All About Automation
December 13, 2021 | KYMC Marketing
As shorter lead time is the key to success, the KYMC system is designed in many ways to help our customers achieve shorter lead time through automation. The goal of the KYMC system is to automate as much as possible and to depend on the operator as little as possible. This will allow for a faster print job time and to minimize errors caused by humans.
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. 
包裝新趨勢
May 15, 2020 | Contributed by Wallace Nard
環保議題將持續影響及改變包裝市場。塗佈物質、貼合膠水、印刷油墨都將持續改變。以下讓我們來探討兩家國際大廠德國Henkel與美國INX INTERNATIONAL在產品上的方向,介由這兩家大廠的案例來幫助我們了解市場趨勢...
Impact of COVID-19 on the printing & packaging industry in the United States
April 9, 2020 | Daywey Chen
Up to April 9th, 2020 there are reported 430,210 COVID-19 infected cases and 14,736 deaths in the United States. This brings the death rate to 3.42% in the United States. Yes, COVID-19 is a very deadly and serious pandemic when you compared it to the historical death rate of seasonal flu in the United States: 0.1%. That makes COVID-19 34.2 times more deadly. So, how does this impact the printing & packaging industry in the United States? In the article, we will discuss about what’s happening now, and what is expected to happen in the mid to long term.
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.

Printing Excellence in India by Flexure Print N Pack
July 25, 2019 | Flexure Print N Pack LLP
After years of running Indian make Flexo Presses, Flexure team was looking out for the next investment into a sophisticated, well-proven press that can deliver high quality results on a wide range of flexible packaging materials. KYMC was known to Flexure since a long time and having heard success stories of Indian customers with KYMC Presses, Flexure was keen to explore the possibilities. After witnessing a KYMC Press running High-quality commercial jobs with speeds in excess of 200mpm at KYMC’s well known customer in India, Flexure was convinced of the press stability, capabilities and its potential which was exactly what they were searching for. A well proven press coupled with total local support from KYMC India team assured Flexure peace of mind to go with an investment for their first imported press.
KYMC establishes stronger presence in Philippines
April 2, 2019 | KYMC Marketing

Last week, KYMC held an open house in the Philippines, where a seminar at the hotel was held in conjunction with a press demonstration at our client’s factory. The seminar was organized into two sections, with the first section focusing on environmental topics and industry trends. The second section focused on KYMC’s capabilities to support our customers through case studies sharing. How KYMC supported public traded companies to cut cost and increase production efficiencies to remain competitive on the market. How KYMC worked with our customers even long before the purchase of the machines to ensure the customers need was addressed and can be fulfilled...