Flexo Concepts® Receives 4th Massachusetts STEP Grant to Support Exports

Massachusetts Export CenterPlymouth, MA, December 5, 2017.  Flexo Concepts announced that it has been awarded funding for the fourth time through the Massachusetts State Trade Expansion Program (“STEP”) to support its export activities. The company has sold abroad since 1990 and maintains a thriving overseas presence which includes sales offices in Spain and Taiwan.

Flexo Concepts will use the most recent $12,000 grant to help pay for its exhibition at the FEFCO corrugated technical seminar this past October in Vienna. The grant will also be used to help fund the company’s exhibition at the China International Battery Fair (CIBF) in Shenzhen next May. At CIBF, Flexo Concepts will promote its TruPoint Orange® doctor blade in the fast-growing Asian lithium ion battery market. In this application, Orange is used to apply the coating of the lithium ion battery separator film to facilitate charging and discharging of the battery while preventing short-circuiting.

The Massachusetts State Trade Expansion Program is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment, the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network and the Massachusetts Export Center. Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, STEP grant funding (up to $12,000 for 2017-2018) is awarded to eligible businesses in Massachusetts to increase export sales.

For more information about Flexo Concepts, visit www.flexoconcepts.com.  To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts

Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems.  All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers.  Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com.  For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Flexo Concepts® to Join Guangzhou Jiaqi in Promoting TruPoint Orange® Blade at Lithium Battery Show in Shenzhen

Plymouth, MA, November 21, 2017.  Flexo Concepts just announced that it will join with industry partner, Guangzhou Jiaqi, at the International Lithium Battery Technology Exhibition 2017 (IBTE) in Shenzhen, China, November 27-29. The companies will share booth space and promote the TruPoint Orange doctor blade in the fast-growing Asian lithium ion battery market.

In this application, TruPoint Orange blade can be used to apply the coating of the lithium ion battery separator film. A precise lay-down of coating improves the mechanical properties and thermal stability of the film, facilitating the charge and discharge of the battery while preventing short-circuiting. Steve Kao, Flexo Concepts’ Asian Key Account Manager, will be available to explain the benefits of using Orange and offer samples.

Held concurrently with the South China International Lithium Battery Summit Forum, the IBTE show is the largest exhibition of its kind in southern China. The event hosts more than 500 exhibitors, in a 30,000-square meter exhibition hall, and attracts more than 35,000 visitors. For more information about the show, visit www.ibtechina.com.

To learn more about TruPoint Orange doctor blades in this application or to obtain a sample, visit Flexo Concepts at IBTE at stand 7B71. To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts

Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers. Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com. For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Flexo Concepts® Plymouth, Massachusetts Building 100% Solar-Powered

Flexo Concepts Solar Roof Panels

Plymouth, MA, November 20, 2017.  Flexo Concepts announced that it has completed the installation of a solar renewable energy system. The system “went live” on October 17, and the building occupied by the company is now 100% powered by solar-generated electricity.

Last fall, company owners Kevin McLaughlin and Greg Howell hired Hopkinton-based Solect Energy to do a solar feasibility study for the multi-use commercial property housing Flexo Concepts and several tenants. The study confirmed the economic viability of the project, and Solect began work on the development, design, engineering, construction and interconnection of a solar energy system.

Installation, which included 850 panels on the roof, 40 power inverters and all materials required to connect the energy to the building and electric grid, was completed over a 5-month period. The system generates 290kW of power – equivalent to the electricity used by about 30 average-sized homes in the U.S. – and powers all lighting, heating, air conditioning, and machinery and equipment for Flexo Concepts and the co-located companies.

The solar project is part of a bigger Flexo Concepts’ initiative to “go green.” In 2016, the facility was outfitted with LED lighting, a move that resulted in an annual reduction in energy use significant enough to power six homes for a year. The company also recycles about 80% of its blade material scrap along with all its cardboard waste and employee food packaging.

Visit www.flexoconcepts.com to learn more about Flexo Concepts. To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts

Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers. Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com.  For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Flexo Concepts® to Attend 2017 MPS Open House as Featured Supplier

Plymouth, MA, October 18, 2017. Flexo Concepts announced plans to attend the MPS Flexo Innovation Open House on October 26 as a featured supplier.

The event promises to “bring Labelexpo innovation to you,” emphasizing extreme high definition printing, high-speed shrink sleeve production and industry 4.0 connectivity. Visitors will be treated to presentations and tabletop displays at Lambeau Field followed by live equipment demonstrations at the new state-of-the-art Demo & Applications Technology Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The technology center, where MPS displays a 10-color 17” EF multi-substrate flexo press equipped with UV/LED, hot air dryers and numerous converting options, was recently opened by MPS Systems North America and Green Bay Packaging.

Displaying its TruPoint Orange® doctor blades, Flexo Concepts will be among various prominent industry suppliers being featured at the open house. Co-sponsors of the event include Green Bay Packaging, Kodak, EMT International and RotoControl. Printers and converters can visit www.mps4u.com  for more information or to register for this free event.

Visit www.flexoconcepts.com to learn more about Flexo Concepts and the TruPoint Orange doctor blade. To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

 About Flexo Concepts

Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers.  Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com. For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Celmacch® Shipping Its Carbon Fiber Chambers with TruPoint Green® Doctor Blade

Plymouth, MA, October 17, 2017.  Flexo Concepts® is excited to announce that Celmacch is shipping all its carbon fiber chambers with the TruPoint Green doctor blade.

Based in Italy, Celmacch is a leading producer of corrugated board converting equipment including carbon fiber doctor blade chambers.  The chambers are manufactured from a carbon fiber material which offers excellent anti-static properties, lightness, high strength to weight ratio, superior corrosion resistance and no structural vibrations.  Celmacch’s chambers are equipped with an innovative magnetic system for safe, quick and easy blade changes that don’t require tools.

The Italian OEM uses only premium components and chose TruPoint Green to maximize benefits for its customers.  By using Green, corrugated printers can economically produce high-quality print in a range of line screens without having to turn to steel.  The custom-compounded material demonstrates better stiffness and only half the mechanical creep of UHMW in addition to better wear rates and safety than steel.  To learn more about TruPoint Green, go to www.flexoconcepts.com or call 508-830-9506.

To request a catalog or quote from Celmacch, visit www.celmacchgroup.com.  A complete Flexo Concepts press kit can be downloaded at www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts

Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades, and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers.  Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com/.  For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

New MicroTip®, OEM Endorsements and Honey Liqueur Contributed to a “Best Ever” Labelexpo for Flexo Concepts®

Plymouth, MA, October 13, 2017.  New enhancements to its MicroTip technology, OEM support and a label collaboration with partners led to an overwhelming success for Flexo Concepts at Labelexpo Europe 2017.

At this year’s show, Flexo Concepts introduced a new and improved MicroTip to enhance metering and eliminate start-up lines in narrow web pressrooms.  “I think our dedication to listening to our customers and continually improving our technology speaks volumes about our commitment to the industry,” said CEO Kevin McLaughlin.  “I’ve attended more trade shows than I can count, but I have to say that this was the best Labelexpo ever for us in terms of generating leads, connecting with our distributors and networking with co-suppliers.”

A highlight of the event was that Orange was featured on equipment by AB Graphic, Cartes, Domino, Edale, Focus, Werosys and others, many of which ship new presses with the blade.  “It was great to hear all the buzz about Orange and how it’s becoming an everyday blade in so many label pressrooms,” added McLaughlin.

Visitors were also invited to stop by the company’s stand to check out a liqueur bottle label and sample some “Bee Sting” honey liqueur.  The label, a collaboration with fellow flexo suppliers to demonstrate new industry innovations, featured five-color modified process printing, metallic ink, custom die lines and high-quality print.

Visit www.flexoconcepts.com to learn more about the TruPoint Orange doctor blade with MicroTip or the Labelexpo partner collaboration piece.  To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts

Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems.  All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers.  Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com.  For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Stafford Corrugated to Promote TruPoint Green® Doctor Blade at CorrExpo 2017

Plymouth, MA, October 13, 2017.  Flexo Concepts’ distribution partner, Stafford Corrugated Products, will promote the TruPoint Green doctor blade at Tappi’s CorrExpo event this fall in Providence, Rhode Island. Green is a drop-in replacement blade for printers who want to produce mid-level graphics without having to run steel.

As graphics requirements continue to grow, corrugated printers are looking for a doctor blade that will meter anilox line screens between where UHMW is effective and where steel is required. TruPoint Green offers printers an easy alternative in these applications. The custom-compounded material demonstrates better stiffness and only half the mechanical creep of UHMW in addition to better wear rates and safety than steel. As a replacement for UHMW, Green can be installed with no shims or other clamp modifications.

To learn more or obtain a sample, visit Stafford Corrugated Products at the show (booth #930) or go to www.flexoconcepts.com. A complete press kit can be obtained at www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts

Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers. Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com. For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

TruPoint Green® to Make Debut at FEFCO Technical Seminar 2017

Plymouth, MA, October 4, 2017.  Flexo Concepts® is excited to introduce its latest doctor blade innovation, TruPoint Green, at FEFCO’s Technical Seminar this year in Vienna.  Green will fulfill corrugated printers’ needs to produce mid-level graphics without having to run steel blades.

As graphics requirements continue to grow, corrugated printers are looking for a doctor blade that will meter anilox line screens between where UHMW is effective and where steel is required.  Green offers printers an alternative to steel in these mid-level graphics applications.  The custom-compounded material demonstrates better stiffness and only half the mechanical creep of UHMW in addition to better wear rates and safety than steel.  Green is also made partly from recaptured carbon monoxide, thereby helping printers reduce their carbon footprint.

Kevin McLaughlin, Flexo Concepts’ CEO, will explain the market’s need for this product and why it works during his presentation, “TruPoint Green Doctor Blade ‘Fills the Gap’ for Corrugated Printers.”  The presentation is scheduled to take place during Session 3 of the Spotlights on October 11.

To learn more or obtain a sample, visit Flexo Concepts stand #055 at the show or go to www.flexoconcepts.com.  To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts

Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems.  All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers.  Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com.  For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

New MicroTip® Enhancement on Display at Labelexpo Europe 2017

Plymouth, MA, September 11, 2017. In its quest to continue providing tag and label printers with innovative doctor blade advancements, Flexo Concepts® will introduce a new refinement to its doctor blade MicroTip technology at Labelexpo Europe 2017.

The modification to the revolutionary MicroTip design doubles the tip’s stiffness at the contact point to further enhance metering precision on high line screen anilox rolls.  An improvement to the manufacturing process also produces a smoother contact edge, eliminating start-up lines, an issue sometimes faced by non-metallic doctor blade users.  Lab and field testing has yielded positive results and the company is excited to share its latest doctor blade innovation with the European label printing market.

Since its release to the market in 2013, TruPoint Orange® polymer doctor blade with a MicroTip has been endorsed by numerous press manufacturers and is currently shipping as the standard blade on many new machine installations.  This year at Labelexpo, Orange will be featured on equipment by AB Graphic, Cartes, Domino, Edale, Focus, Werosys and others.

To learn more, visit Flexo Concepts stand 7B20 at the show or go to www.flexoconcepts.com.  To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts

Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems.  All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers.  Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com.  For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Flexo Concepts® and Partners to Feature Liqueur Label and Tasting at Labelexpo Europe 2017

Plymouth, MA, September 8, 2017. Flexo Concepts and fellow flexo suppliers have banded together once again to showcase their latest product advancements at Labelexpo Europe 2017. The project is a collaboration between Esko, Flexo Concepts, Harper, MacDermid, Siegwerk, Raflatac, Dirty Water Distillery and Clemson’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging.

This year, the group produced a unique bottle label featuring five-color modified process printing, metallic ink, custom die lines and high-quality print.

Utilizing UV Flexo L39-5 inks from Siegwerk, TruPoint Orange® doctor blades from Flexo Concepts, a Konsberg digital cutter from Esko, 1200-line screen aniloxes from Harper, Digital Rave printing plates from MacDermid exposed on Esko’s new Crystal XPS System, and VANISH™ label stock from Raflatac, the label was printed at the Sonoco Institute of Packaging on an OMET VaryFlex 530 press.

Dirty Water Distillery provided bottles of their honey liqueur from their micro-distillery located in the heart of Flexo Concepts’ hometown, Plymouth, Massachusetts. This liqueur is handcraf­ted from the finest ingredients, local honey and a variety of spices, to provide a delicious cordial for visitors to taste at Labelexpo Europe.

Each supplier will offer tastings of this exclusive “Bee Sting” honey liqueur at their Labelexpo stands while showcasing the label. To see the label or try a sample, stop by any of the following stands at the show:

EskoStand 3C50
Flexo ConceptsStand 7B20
Harper Corporation of AmericaStand 7B21
MacDermid Graphics SolutionsStand 5A17
Siegwerk Switzerland AGStand 6A17
UPM RaflatacStands 5E37 & 5D41

To learn about Flexo Concepts’ TruPoint Orange® doctor blade, visit our stand 7B20 or go to www.flexoconcepts.com. A complete press kit can be downloaded at www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts

Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems.  All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers.  Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com.  For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.