Thursday, 27 June 2019

Features of apparatus used in ink matching #printing

Last week we talked about the basic details of ink matching lab and the 7 basic steps for ink matching. Now we are talking about the features of apparatus used in ink matching to achieve the best quality result for luxury packaging and brand and retail packaging supplies.

Ink knives –

Use in taking inks and mixing inks in the mixing machines. Whenever we take ink on ink knife we should ensure that ink knives must be properly cleaned.

Weighing scale-

As its name refers ‘Weighing scale’ , This is used for measuring the amount of inks that we had taken for mixing. Its accuracy must be accurate likewise with minimum error.

Pantone colour Matching Guide-

Used for color matching for making recipe of the color that we have to made.

Draw Down Kit-

Used for taking Draw Downs of the ink recipe that we had made for standard color. This is very useful.

Mixing Machines-

Used for mixing the recipe for making particular inks that we have to match standard color.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

7 step procedure for ink matching #printing


Ink Matching Department is the place where ink is prepared for printing (other than CYAN, MAGENTA, YELLOW, BLACK colors) and Packed. Here, many base inks are present with the help of which colors are formed for example - red, blue, opaque white etc.

Apparatus Used 

Draw down kit, Weighing scale, UV Heater, Chromatic Light boxes, Mixing machines, ink knives, pantone colour matching guides etc.

Standard Procedure –

  1. First, the sample is taken on the table and Spectrophometer is connected to the computer with installed software
  2. Spectrophotometer is used for taking the l,a,b values of color & when l,a,b value are measured then those values are set to be standard values
  3. After which those l,a,b values are sent to software and it is done 3-4 times for accuracy.
  4. After which, the paper type is selected by doing the same with the paper on which we have to print.
  5. When this all is done in the computer the computer software will give a recipe for that particular color for about 1 or 10 kg
  6. After which we take all the colors as specified by software in recipe in adequate amount and mix the same with the mixing machines.
  7. After mixing we take draw down of the color for just verification that the color that we have made is either accurate or not. If it is accurate then we had made that color. If it is not, then we add a bit amount of other colors like transparent white to match the color with standard

Friday, 5 October 2018

Debunking the biggest myth about lamitube 'eye mark'

An ‘eye mark’ (also known as ‘eye spot’) is a small rectangular printed area located near the edge of the printed flexible packaging material. Common specifications of eye marks are
  • 2 MM x 6 MM
  • 2 MM x 8 MM
  • 3 MM x 8 MM

There are two types of eye mark on lamitubes (if you place the lamitube vertically upward on a flat surface):-
    • This shows the length of the product
    • This has two functions
      • Help the tube making machine to cut tube according to length
      • Align the tube centrally to ensure back panel and front panel are as need
    • This is primarily for the end product manufacturer machine to fill the product
    • A sensor on the FORM-FILL-SEAL (FFS) MACHINE  reads the eye mark to identify packaging material, control the material’s position, and coordinate the separation and cutting of the flexible packaging material. To package products with flexible packaging, the printed material is supplied on a continuous roll and fed into the FFS machine where the sensor reads the eye mark to indicate when to cut individual units, fold the material, seal the sides (creating the packaging’s shape), fill with the product, and then seal the final side.
    • It’s important to note that the eye mark pathway should be clear of obstructing design or text to ensure the sensor reads it properly.

There's a video circulating on Facebook and Whatsapp that talks about the eye mark color options.
Green means the product is completely naturalBlue indicates a natural composition with some added medicines Red is a mix of natural and chemical Black is an all-chemical make-up.
The color of the eye mark should simply 'not' be any solid color that comes in a straight line design of the tube (so that it does not interfere with the machine sensors)
The eye mark color must differ from the tube color in order to make sure the detector can recognize the eye mark i.e dark tube use white eye mark while Light tube use black eye mark.

Position of the eye mark:-

It can at the end of the tube or close to the end. It depends on the location of the sensor on sealing machine. Normally the sensor’s location can be adjusted so there is no problem for this.


Try to use one of the color in your artwork as the eye mark color as long as the sensor can tell it from the tube color. And use the same printing method to print them. This can save some production cost and time.

Monday, 3 September 2018

5 creative ways to cut 1/3 of your packaging costs

So, you're an Indian SME owner. Or a sourcing lead at a major MNC. Optimizing your product’s package is probably the one thing you could change to net tremendous savings. You can redesign the products primary packaging, secondary packaging, or even the way the boxes are stacked within one another! such reconfiguration will allow more packages to fit on a pallet and you can save big bucks on shipping costs!

Here are 5 ways to reduce your packaging costs!

1. Research Your Options
With innumerable packaging options available today, get online and start researching the latest in packaging materials, designs and technology. Following aspects should be considered
  • Total cost of materials
  • Durability of transport
  • Resistant to pests/environemtn
  • Ease of handling
  • Aesthetics
  • Government regulations
2. Determine Necessary vs. Unnecessary Costs
What may have been useful yesterday does not imply it is so today. Ask yourself the following questions after calculating the per item cost of your packaging.
·         Does your product require an inner carton and an outer carton?
·         Is the information printed on the box necessary? Limit it to essential info only.
·         Is full color printing worth the expense? Can you get away with black and white only?
·         Does the package need a clear viewing window? Can you get by with a photo on the box?
·         Can you save money by taking off the label and printing information directly on the box?
·         Can you reduce the ‘heavy duty’ precautionary measures taken at the beginning?
-         Inner carton dimensions
-         Outer carton dimensions
-         Carton dunnage needed
-         Carton stacking configuration on pallet
-         Container loading configuration

3. Investing in Testing
The packaging will travel thousands of miles via truck, shipping vessel, rail, air, maybe truck again. It’s going to go through a variety of environmental conditions. It might be subjected to some extremes in temperature. There could be some people who don’t handle your packages with the same loving care that you would. But when you open the package, you want that product to come out as flawless as when it went in. Come up with testing guidelines and procedures and recheck the following requirements

·         Compression - the weight of load, both static and dynamic (load under vibration).
·         Vibration - the constant movement or motion from a various modes of transportation.
·         Shock - either drop or impact, rotating, free fall or on an incline.
·         Atmospheric - Constant/cyclic changes in temperature, humidity and pressure

4. Lean Inventory
Keeping inventory low helps in better cash flow- and this is especially helpful if your company is procuring tubes and cartons together, along with outer shipping boxes. PRP has become a one stop shop for labels, tubes, cartons, rigid boxes etc. and a hassle free customer experience is guaranteed as both tubes and cartons are received by you in a single go, increasing your throughput as per Eli Goldratt’s The Goal.

5. Jolly Green Packaging
PRP has recently introduced a seed paper carton box- which can help you create a niche product with higher value. Else, going for a plastic box for dispatch to enable an inventory system is the best option as you can save on the outer shipper cost which generally goes to waste!.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Your Guide To Packing and Unpacking Items

Life is all about moving from one place to another. Different material necessities prevail upon us and set in motion events that take us to places. Sometimes we move to avail better job opportunities or for a better life. Irrespective of the cause, the point is that when we move, we have to pack all our stuffs and carry them to our new destinations. Moving from one place to another with entire household items can be very tedious and one of the most stressful events of your life. There are different categories of items, some items are delicate and demand extra care while packing and unpacking them.

Some of the important suggestions and tips that can help people pack and unpack things correctly are given below:

• It is absolutely essential to purchase good quality moving boxes and packing supplies. It would be better if you avail packaging supplies recommended by professional packers and movers companies. Some of the items you need to have at your disposal while packing things are boxes, cartons, blank newsprint papers, wrapping sheets, bubble wraps, padding supplies, scissors, packaging tape, marking pens, labeling stickers, etc. These days a lot of Cardboard Boxes Suppliers sell decent quality cardboard boxes.

• First of all pack those items you don’t use often. Pick out an appropriately sized sturdy box. Put wadded blank newsprint papers at the bottom of the box. Wrap each individual in good quality bubble wrap or wrapping sheet. Properly place the wrapped items inside the box.

• Berth heavier items at the bottom and lighter items on the top inside the box. Stuff empty spaces with lightly padding / cushioning materials or lightly wadded newspaper printings. Exercise utmost care while packing fragile or breakable items. Once the box is completely filled, close it firmly using heavy duty packaging tape.

• It is highly advisable to use nylon-reinforced or pressure-sensitive plastic tapes on a Packaging Carton Boxes India. These tapes are the handiest and simplest to use for shipments.

• Use three tape strips at the bottom and top of packing boxes to make sure that the packaging stays intact throughout the duration of the shipment.

• Don’t forget to label individual boxes with appropriate tags. For instance, label the box containing breakable items with the tag "FRAGILE" in bold.

• While unpacking, lay out carpets or rugs on the floor. Start unpacking the boxes. First unpack things of daily uses such as kids' boxes, kitchen items, bedroom, and bathroom items. Unpack each carton completely. On the very first day unpack only those things that you will need that day. Rest of boxes you can unpack on next days.

If packing and moving is something that leaves you baffled, it is wiser to hire professional packing and moving companies and avail their services. When it comes to packaging supplies, reliable companies offer tailor made and custom solutions at affordable rates. Packing household items and other stuff is something best left to people with expertise and know-how, as it is not easy to pack and again unpack various things.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Manufacturers & Exporters of Printed Folding Cartons

Established in 1991, PR Packagings Ltd. has world class manufacturing facilities at Faridabad (Haryana), located 35 Km from the Delhi border. Equipped with the most modern manufacturing and quality facilities, PRPL is spread over a sprawling area of 9 acres with a covered area of 2,50,000 sq feet with the best technology available today.