PFFC (Paper, Film & Foil Converting) announces their 10 Most Popular Stories of 2013. Here are the highlights.
Claudia Hine started the year off with a recap of the Top 11 New Products of 2012. The previous year’s innovations focused on improvements in web coating and laminating processes mostly in the packaging industry.
Mark Miller of Coating Matters began the year trying to explain fluid coating technology to people familiar with extrusion technology. In his blog, It’s A Turburlent World, Miller likens resulting conversations to feeling like an excerpt from the book “Men are from Mars/Women are from Venus.”
In April Miller went back… way back… to the basis of what fluid coating is, and why the converting industry cares in his blog post The Fundamentals of Coating.
In July Timothy J Walker started a four-part series on Curl Mechanics in web coating and laminating on his Web Lines blog. Walker begins the series with machine direction curl.
Miller warmed up October with his Hot Melt Coating Technology series. Miller discusses the benefits, process and limitations of hot melt adhesive coating.
In November Kelly Robinson answers the question, Should Static Brushes Touch? Robinson discussed the advantages and disadvantages of brushes, tinsel, ionizing cords, and rods touching the web.
Also in November Walker made his case for moving to Bigger Cores to avoid many winding defects. Walker cites several benefits but lists torque transmissions and associated telescoping as the biggest.
November was a popular month for Nsenga Byrd Thompson discussed The Future of Linerless Labels in her Label Trends blog as she broke down the findings in the 75-page report, “The Linerless Label Market 2013” published by Alexander Watson Associates.
Robinson closed out the year with her three rules on mounting most static dispensers in her Static Beat blog post Static Bar Spacing.