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Acucote Expands Pressure-Sensitive Portfolio for Durable Labeling on Pigment and Laser Print Systems

Acucote, has expanded its portfolio of durable pressure-sensitive materials that can be printed on pigment and laser systems for chemical and industrial labeling applications.

Acucote is now offering four additional BS5609 Section 2 (label performance) certified film products:

Kimdura® Inkjet Ultra, Kimdura® DualTech, PPG TESLIN® 7 mil face stock and 2.6 mil Matte White Premium Thermal Transfer Polypropylene. All are offered with Acucote adhesive P50, an aggressive acrylic with exceptional durability range (-30F ̴ +250F). The Kimdura and PPG Teslin products are further certified BS5609 Section 3 (print performance) for particularly harsh environments. To obtain BS5609 certification, labels need to withstand a three-month salt water submersion test in the English Channel. BS5609-certified labels are proven to meet the most stringent tests for durability in the industry.

PPG Teslin face stock features static dissipation which reduces potential static discharge when removing label liners (which could potentially ignite chemical and solvent vapors in certain manufacturing environments).

According to Melissa Harton, product manager, digital media, “Converters tell us that specifications for labelstocks are increasingly becoming more stringent in terms of temperature range, environmental resistance, stronger adhesives and better printability. Over the past years, we’ve seen a gradual shift from strictly laser to pigment-based print systems for outdoor and drum labeling. We’re pleased to expand our portfolio to meet the needs of this fast-growing sector by offering products compatible with pigment inkjet, laser and thermal transfer. “

Rounding out the portfolio are materials that can be utilized when BS5609 Section 2 certification is not required, including pigment and laser durable papers, polyesters and vinyls.

Harton concludes, “The label stock supplier partnership with converters is more important than ever before as brands and packaging buyers continue to enforce tougher label performance requirements onto their vendors. Our Application Development Team specializes in creating innovative and effective solutions to serve our customers’ most demanding requirements and recommend solutions in days, not weeks.”

Click here to view the complete Acucote durable label portfolio.

Acucote Inc. upgrades to energy efficient LED lighting

Acucote Inc. continues to make strides towards offsetting adverse effects on the environment by reducing its ecological footprint. Over the past two months, Acucote’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Graham, NC, invested in lighting upgrades to utilize energy efficient lamps and lighting controls throughout the administrative offices, manufacturing, shipping and exterior areas.

Acucote replaced all lighting fixtures with a combination of interior LED highbays, task and panel lights, and exterior wallpacks and flood lights. Occupancy sensors and dimmers were also installed to further increase energy efficiency. Combined, these upgrades lead to a 67 percent reduction in energy consumption for lighting in the 80,000 square foot facility.

The LED lighting upgrade results in a 469,328 kg decrease in greenhouse gases produced; which is the equivalent of 52,811 gallons of gasoline consumed or 99 fewer cars on the road.

Acucote Inc. expands Specialty Films Line

Now offering Dry Erase and Chalkboard facestocks

Acucote Inc. has extended its line of specialty films to include 2 mil Clear PET Dry Erase Overlaminate, 3.5 mil White Dry Erase Vinyl and 5 mil Black Chalkboard Vinyl. The dry erase overlaminating film is stocked with OL1, a clear permanent adhesive, on a 40# liner. The White Dry Erase Vinyl is available with Acucote’s newest adhesive, UR7, an ultra removable specifically designed for vinyl applications. Both facestocks are treated to accept dry erase markers and are easily cleaned with standard dry erase solutions.

The 5 mil Black Chalkboard Vinyl is offered with a Wall Graphic Removable on a 92# liner. It is treated to accept chalk and is cleaned using an eraser or cloth. This vinyl is perfect for classrooms, dorm rooms, kitchens, offices, playrooms and more.

Films are available at master width x 2,500′ and ship in 4 days or less from North Carolina.

Acucote Inc. launches new website

Improved, user-friendly website launched in early August

Acucote Inc., a supplier of pressure-sensitive labelstocks, launched its new website, www.acucote.com,  in early August. Over the past ten years, Acucote has shifted its focus from being a supplier of strictly commodity products to assisting customers in the development of value-added products and custom pressure-sensitive solutions. The launch of its new interactive website is a continuation of these rebranding efforts.

Visually, the new website is more in line with the company’s brand image and culture. Immediately, visitors to the site will find that ease of navigation was a priority and has been improved.  The site is now dynamic and the screen size will automatically adjust to the device being used including a cell phone, tablet or desktop computer. There is also a new search feature that will allow customers to quickly locate product specific information.

General information is updated regularly on the website and product information is updated daily.

Acucote Inc. passes British Standard BS5609

Compliance confirms durability in marine conditions for white films

Acucote Inc. recently achieved BS5609 Section 2 compliance. This certification includes the evaluation of two film products: Inkjet Kimdura® with P50 permanent acrylic adhesive and 2.6 mil White Premium Thermal Transfer Polypropylene with P50 permanent acrylic adhesive.

Section 2 tests the durability of the label material and adhesive under conditions of marine exposure, temperature variations, weathering and exposure to salt spray and sunlight.

Section 2 compliance is for blank labelstocks and does not include print testing covered under Section 3.

Acucote Inc. provides customized alternative to standard PSA labelstocks

Now offering enhanced security and brand protection solutions

Acucote Inc. has extended its line of frangible, voiding and tamper-evident products to include complete customization. Options for tamper-evident labelstocks have typically included the standard silver and white facestocks with the term “VOID” in a diagonal pattern. Acucote is now providing converters the ability to offer their customers a product that will differentiate them in security packaging.

Acucote’s newest product line, Custom Voiding Facestocks, is flexible in that it allows for the customization of voiding text (company name or virtually any message), the option to PMS color match the facestock, or, if desired, customers can display shapes and logos as the void pattern instead of plain text.

Utilizing a polyester base, this program is available 9.5″ x 5,000′ or by master width at 54″ x 2,500′ (or more). The 9.5″ program has a minimal setup fee of $100, plus MSI cost, for custom text or graphics and our master roll program has a $650 setup fee plus MSI cost. Please note, prices may vary depending on the color selection and/or custom pattern. Duplicate orders do not require additional setup fees. Standard void items with custom colors are also available without a setup fee.

Acucote Inc. adds single-ply IRCs to its line of dry release solutions

Now offering single-ply, single-side and two-sided message IRCs for flexo and digital presses

Acucote introduces its latest Instant Redeemable Coupon (IRC) product line; Diamond-Cote® Single-ply (SP). The single-ply, single-message design converts exactly like standard pressure-sensitive applications – no lamination required. Diamond-Cote® SP minimizes material costs and improves productivity by eliminating the process of delamination and relamination that is typical for converting coupon products.

IRComplete™, Acucote’s most innovative Diamond-Cote® SP solution, is everything you need for a single-ply, two-sided message coupon. As with all Diamond-Cote® SP solutions, the advantage of IRComplete™ is its ability to convert on press exactly like standard pressure-sensitive applications, even with its two-sided messaging capabilities. Compared to other two-sided coupon solutions, this product offers fewer roll changes, faster setup times, improved run speeds, less scrap and it can be produced on a digital press.

Both the IRComplete™ and 55# Semi Gloss Diamond-Cote® SP products are offered No Trim. 2.6 mil Vision Gloss Diamond-Cote® SP, Red Fluorescent Diamond-Cote® SP, Direct Thermal High Speed Diamond-Cote® SP and all purpose Thermal Transfer Diamond-Cote® SP have a MOQ of 2,500′ and are slit to order. All products are offered with AT4505, a permanent all-temperature acrylic adhesive, on a 40# liner. Custom adhesives and liners are available.

Diamond-Cote® SP solutions utilize Acucote’s standard Diamond-Cote® release system. The diamond pattern, a geometric-designed release system, allows for virtually any converted die cut label shape and size to remove cleanly and easily from a variety of substrates. All Diamond-Cote® and Diamond-Cote® SP solutions are ballpoint pen writable.

Employee attends Coating Tech Institute

Frank Warner, production plant manager, completes Coating Tech Institute 2014

Coating Tech Institute 2014, a user conference for the slot die coating industry was held Aug. 19‐21, 2014 in Green Bay, Wis. and hosted by Coating Tech Slot Dies. Warner completed the two and a half day training session which included a day of intensive classroom education on topics ranging from rheology to defect resolution in slot die coating technology. Day two of the user conference offered hands on opportunities at operational coating stations at B&W MEGTEC Systems, Inc. of the Green Bay area. Day three included a wrap up session and summary of all material covered.

Acucote Inc. introduces new vice president position

Dan O’Connell, Vice President

Effective immediately, Dan O’Connell fulfills executive role

Acucote Inc. has expanded its sales and marketing team. Dan O’Connell has recently accepted the position of vice president. O’Connell brings more than 30 years of sales, marketing and operational management experience in the pressure-sensitive labelstock industry. “Dan’s main focus is to continue to grow top line sales; primarily through expanding customer market share and facilitating the launching of customized solution-oriented products,” said Gene Lauffer, chief operating officer.

Acucote Inc. provides thinner, cost-effective alternatives for prime labeling and variable print markets

Extensive film line now includes three new polypropylenes

Acucote Inc. introduces thinner films to its current BOPP product line. These additions are economic alternatives to current marketplace selections. Offering raw material cost savings, potential efficiency cost reductions and an improved environmental footprint; these downgauged films extend Acucote’s prime and variable print BOPP labelstocks.

New additions to Acucote’s prime label offerings include the 2.4 mil White Topcoat and the 2.6 White Vision Gloss Topcoat. The 2.4 mil White Topcoat is a cost-effective substitute for Acucote’s current 2.6 mil White Gloss Topcoat.The 2.4 mil maintains the same opacity and topcoating as the 2.6 mil.

The 2.6 White Vision Gloss is a mid gloss option between high gloss and matte finish facestocks.

For the variable print market, Acucote now stocks 2.6 mil White Premium Thermal Transfer. Serving as an alternative to the 3 mil White Thermal Transfer, this facestock has a smoothersurfaceand results in sharper imaging through thermal transfer printers and much improved flexo printability.

Products are offered through AcuChoice program with GPX adhesive on a 40# liner. GPX is a water-based acrylic general purpose adhesive designed to adhere to a variety of surface applications. These new offerings are available No Trim with a minimum order quantity of 3” x 5,000’. Products are initially stocked in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Additional adhesive and liner combinations are available on a custom coat basis.