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Ink Viscosity: Control = Efficiency
July 30, 2021 | Daywey Chen
The flexographic printing presses of today are a piece of high-tech machine. This includes equipping with technologies such as 100% inspection system, auto impression, auto registration, auto edge guide, NIR drying system, industry 4.0 data collection and analytics functions…etc. However, many printers are still using the most primitive way to control one of the most important factors in flexo printing: ink viscosity. When it comes to measuring the ink viscosity. Many printers have remained holding a Zahn cup in one hand and a stopwatch in the other. To depend on one’s visual to gauge the amount of time it takes for the ink to drain from the Zahn cup. 

Why is an accurate ink viscosity crucial? How to effectively control the ink viscosity? The types of viscometers available to measure viscosity will be discussed.
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 | psg standings 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...

psg standings 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.
Ink Wastewater Treatment: How eco-friendly is water-based ink?
May 19, 2021 | Daywey Chen
Yes, when compared to solvent-based ink, water-based ink emits much fewer VOCs into the air making it more eco-friendly. However, this doesn’t mean that during production one can just wash up the ink waste and simply let it go down the drain. The wastewater from water-based ink contains pigments, dynes, vehicles, auxiliary solvents, and additives that are harmful to the environment. Water-based ink is better, but it is not perfect. The wastewater needs to be treated before it can be discharged. In this article, we are going to explore two different wastewater treatments used in practice which are chemical treatment and electrolysis treatment.
General rule of thumb: solid printing V.S highlight printing
May 13, 2021 | Daywey Chen
Flexo printing is about a combination of factors working together in harmony to reach an optimal printing result. To many, there are just too many factors to consider, making the process complicated and hard to master. For this reason, it has scared off many printers and converters in attempting flexo printing. Yes, there are many factors to consider. However, there is always a general rule of thumb. As long as one gets familiar with the rule of thumb and follows it through, one wouldn’t sway too far away from a decent flexo print. Today, we are going to discuss the general rule of thumb for printing solid versus printing highlights.
The guide to a perfect flexo plate
April 23, 2021 | Daywey Chen
What is the definition of a perfect flexo plate? Well, this really depends on what you are going after? Are you going for the best possible image quality possible? Are you looking for the lowest cost plate? Are you looking to print images with lots of highlights? Are you looking to print images with lots of solid areas? A perfect flexo plate really depends on your requirements. In this article, we are going to look into the different metrics that you should consider when seeking and designing a flexo plate for your production. These metrics include 1. Line screen level 2. Flat top dots 3. Plate hardness 4. Plate duration 5. Micro Screening Plate 6. Plate surface tension.
The psg standings Way in Aftersales Service
April 8, 2021 | psg standings Marketing
Have you ever experienced approaching a company’s customer service and having to repeat your issues over and over again? You call up the customer service and spend 10 minutes telling them the whole story. The customer service on the other end apologizes for the trouble and tells you they will take care of it. You wait for a few more days then call back. This customer service has no clue what happened in the last call and asks you to repeat your story again…frustrating isn’t’ it? Aftersales service is at the heart of KYMC. Over the years, the seamless communication, multiple contact channel, and multiple content type provision have proven to win over the hearts of their customers with an extremely high number of repeat customers...
The psg standings Way in Lead Management
March 31, 2021 | psg standings Marketing
With the support of technologies combined with the passionate psg standings sales team; they are determined to provide their customers with the best possible experience right from the start. To deliver five main values during the pre-purchasing phase 1. Quick response 2. Seamless communication 3. Knowledgeable advice 4. Friendly interaction and 5. Personalized messages. How do they do it? What is the psg standings way of managing their leads during the pre-purchasing phase?
Why you should give UV-LED a thought when it comes to coating?
March 17, 2021 | Daywey Chen

There are several purposes of coating over a print. To provide a protective layer over the print, or to provide a separation layer between the packaging and the product. To help to keep the product fresh. To enhance the graphical image, helping the brand stand out from the crowd. If you are already using UV coating, or if you are a high coating usage user, then you consider the UV-LED coating methodology. There are several advantages to the UV-LED coating that sets it apart from UV coating. Let’s look more deeply into it through its technical properties and environmental impact.
Case Study: Working with Our Clients to Strive Through the Pandemic
December 24, 2020 | psg standings Marketing

You never know what is going to happen. Tomorrow can be good or bad. But when things turn in the opposite direction, you can count on psg standings to be there for you. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, travel restrictions were enacted. As result, all of our customers were affected. In this article, we would like to draw out one of the many examples of how psg standings worked with our customers to strive through this chaotic period as a team. A Portuguese customer trusted psg standings by ordering 5 psg standings machines to set up its new production line. This includes...

Continue to Supply the Market with Inline Flexo
November 25, 2020 | psg standings Marketing

Albeit the market disruption caused by the Corona Virus, the demand for the psg standings 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. 

Meet Ultraflex, the C.I. UV LED hybrid
September 22, 2020 | psg standings Marketing
(UV-LED + Solvent/Water based ink)
psg standings, with more than 50 years of experience in Flexographic press design and in application integration teamed up with TSLC and Rainbow Pigment Co., Ltd to develop the next generation of CI Flexographic press. TSLC is the leading LED manufacturer and technology developer. TSLC has more than 10 years of experience in the LED industry providing reliable and quality UV-LED solutions to the global market. Rainbow Pigment is the ink expert with a strong R&D team to meet the demand of the market spanning across product lines and industries. Together, the work of art is born. We call it the Ultraflex.
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.
Tackling the Corrugated Market
March 20, 2020 | Daywey Chen

According to Mordor Intelligence market report, the corrugated board packaging market was valued at USD 262.61 billion in 2019, and it is expected to reach USD 339.95 billion by 2025, providing a CAGR of 4.41% over the next 5 years.

印刷包裝趨勢
December 10, 2019 | psg standings Marketing

成功的企業家都了解掌握趨勢的重要性。營運策略上可分為短、中、長期來規劃。掌握趨勢,於中、長期印刷包裝廠如何在這競爭的環境中生存呢?

India Printing & Packaging Market Analysis @ 2020
October 15, 2019 | psg standings Marketing
When it comes to India, it is both a love and hate market for many. The local demand and opportunities are huge. However, there also myriads of competitors fighting to get a bite of the market. In this article, we share some of the trends that are happening in the Indian market form our observation. You are welcome to join the discussion and share your thoughts and opinion.
psg standings Project Sharing
September 19, 2019 | Daywey Chen
At psg standings we found that bigger doesn’t mean better. Bigger company may have the economy of scale when it comes to mass orders. However, they often lack the flexibility of their smaller competitors. From the many printing and packaging solution providers that we have worked with. We found that having the right equipment is always a key factor to success. Drawing upon an analogy, are you using a knife to fight against a rifle? Or are you using a rifle to go against a rifle?
psg standings at the Touch Taiwan 2019 Exhibition
September 12, 2019 | psg standings 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 psg standings’s fifth attendance to the show. This time around psg standings 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.

The Advent of the Flexible Electronics Market
May 28, 2019 | 陳岱蔚

The industry application for printed flexible electronic spans across many sectors. Sectors including automotive, logistics, wearable devices, healthcare, commercial display, consumer electronics, gaming, education, and packaging. These sectors have adopted the printing methodologies to develop HF & UHF RFID tags, functional substrates, flexible OLED lighting, flexible HMI panels and flexible sensors.

How printers from different parts of the world are treating VOCs emission?
December 13, 2018 | Daywey Chen
The action trend taken to reduce the VOCs emission by printers across the globe varies depending on factors such as the regulation intensity of the region, the technology advancement of the region, the environmental consciousness level of the demographics. In some parts of the world, not much attention is being placed into VOCs emission reduction. In some parts of the world, aggressive measures are taking place. In general, there are three ways to treat VOCs. 1. Targeting the issue from the source (raw materials), for instance changing from solvent inks to water-based inks 2. Targeting the issue by adopting a more environmentally friendly printing process, for instance changing from rotogravure process to flexographic process. 3. To target the issue by installing VOC converting or recycling equipment.
How to Choose a Flexographic Printing Plate ?
October 5, 2018 | Dr. Dieter Niederstadt

This week psg standings invited Asahi Kasei to share about the factors to consider when choosing a flexographic printing plate. To draw a case study demonstrating that choosing the right plate could impact the production efficiencies in terms of printing speed and machine downtime significantly: as much as 53% in overall equipment efficiency(OEE).

How Controlling of The Water Based Ink Temperature Could Eliminate Ink Foams from Developing at The Containment Blade
February 27, 2018 | Ivan Lin
During printing as air travels back into the after the ink transfer onto the printing plate, if the blade pressure to anilox roller is too high, this will prevent the air and ink from reentering into the chamber. This will cause an imbalance of air and ink flow, leading to foam generation and buildup at the back blade.
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