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"I just wanted to say that the labels arrived today and they look great. Thank you so much for pushing the job through so quickly. I really appreciate everyone’s efforts to accommodate our shorter-than-usual turnaround time. We will definitely call on Dion Label again!"
02/07/2013 20:00 by Stacy Falconer (comments: 0)
Dscoop8 Spark is the title of this year's annual conference for digital print providers in the labels and packaging, commercial, grand format, and photo businesses. Dscoop8 Spark takes place at the Gaylord Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee from February 21-23, 2013. Dion Label Printing managers and also members of the Dscoop Committee, Stacy Falconer and Randy Duhaime will present sessions during Spark.
Attending Spark this year? Visit Randy Duhaime's session on Saturday at 10 am! Duhaime teams up with Robert Stewart, Wes Harrington, and Joel Oakes to offer the latest trends and techniques in finishing capabilities and high decoration. More information on this session is below!
Finishing Capabilities and Enhancements
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10:00am
New to digital and looking for your first finishing press? Looking for ways to use your existing equipment more effectively to differentiate yourself from your competition? This session will review the advancements made with digital finishing equipment and accessories. Printing is only part of the finished packaging. To differentiate your products you need to look to finishing capabilities. We will be exploring some of the trends in web handling, product decoration, die cutting and sheeting. Session speakers include Randy Duhaime, GM of Dion Label Printing, Wes Harrington, Sales Manager of AB Graphics, and Joel Oakes, Design Engineer of Delta Industrial.
08/23/2012 17:50 by Ashley (comments: 0)
Digitally Printed wine label by Honora Winery and Vineyard
When it comes to wine label printing, there are a variety of printing methods available including digital, flexographic, offset and screen printing. Digital printing has become the preferred wine label printing method over the past few years for smaller wineries. According to Wine Business Monthly, “digital printing usage has jumped 47 percent since 2010.”
Digital printing is recommended for short run projects that allow for quick turnaround time from printer to market. The printing method does not require the use of printing plates. Plates are a printing tool used in flexographic printing that are an added cost to the customer. Digital eliminates the need for plates making it a cost efficient printing method. Another advantage of digital is that artwork can be easily changed from one item to the next allowing for printing multiple varietals in a single run. Finally, digital allows wine labels to be printed on a variety of substrates such as textured papers, metallic or film depending on the customer’s preference.
Interested in digital for your next wine label project? Check out our Digital Printing page for more information on our capabilities.
07/10/2012 13:25 by Ashley (comments: 0)
Eco-Friendly Flexible Packaging
Interested in a new type of packaging that is eco-friendly and utilizes fewer raw materials to manufacture? You should consider utilizing flexible packaging technology that Dion Label Printing now has the capabilities to print. Flexible packaging is an eco-friendly packaging option as it utilizes less material than products packaged in traditional containers made from glass or plastic. For example, any product in a can or jar utilized the material to create that container as well as the stock to create the label or sticker. Flexible packaging such as a pouch acts as the container itself such as in the photo above and eliminated the need for an additional container.
Flexible packaging is also much lighter to carry and transport than traditional packaging which in the end could save on shipping costs. And did you know that flexible packaging has been proven to extend the shelf life of your foods as compared to traditional packaging? It also takes up less space on product shelves and has an eye-catching unique look compared to traditional packaging.
For more information or to get a quote on flexible packaging, contact us today!
04/03/2012 20:45 by Ashley (comments: 0)
Dion Label Printing Installs High Decoration Finishing Press
Westfield, MA April 3, 2012- Dion Label Printing recently installed a new finishing press. The new press provides high decoration for clients interested in hot stamp, cold foil, emboss, deboss, silk screen and specialty prismatic effects. Hot stamping uses a heated die to apply foil to a precise area on a substrate. Cold foil allows for a similar effect as hot stamp but uses adhesive to apply the foil finish. Embossing creates a raised or textured area on a label by stamping the material. Debossing creates an impressed image in the same way as embossing. Silk screening utilizes varnish to create raised effects on specific areas of printed graphics. Silk screening ink may be used on packaging where high opacity is a concern or fade resistance is needed. Prismatic effects provide a holographic finish to specific areas of graphics or to the entire surface area.
The new fully servo driven finishing press allows for quick setup, reduced waste, and high speed finishing. Dion Label Printing offers a wide range of printing capabilities. Markets that apply high decoration capabilities include wine and spirits, health and beauty, and candles.
Dion Label Printing is a leading packaging specialist located in Westfield, MA. Printing applications include labels, shrink sleeves, tags, tickets, and custom products for multiple industries. Dion Label employs a combination of its multiple HP Indigo WS6000 presses, flexographic presses, shrink sleeve equipment and sustainable practices to create new, premium solutions for our clients. Finishing options include hot stamp, cold foil, silk screen, embossing, debossing, specialty coatings and more.
For Immediate Release
Editorial Contact: Stacy Santos
Dion Label Printing
800.583.6366 413.568.3713 x130
03/22/2012 15:47 by Ashley (comments: 0)
Dion Label Printing will be presenting the “Advancing Your Digital Offering” session this week at the Dscoop7 conference in Washington D.C. The session will be held on Saturday March 24th from 2:30- 3:30 p.m. at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center. Presenters for the session will include Randy Duhaime (Dion), Monty Faulkner (HP), Judy Finlay (HP) and Stacy Santos (Dion).
The session will focus on learning to leverage your HP Indigo digital press to break into new markets and expand your product offerings by printing unique applications with rare substrates. If you are looking to think outside the box and discover what opportunities are available with your HP indigo, then this is the session for you!
Stacy will also be part of a sustainability panel at the “Making Sustainability a Source of Competitive Advantage in Label & Packaging” session. The session will be held on Friday March 23rd from 4:45- 5:45 p.m. From everyone at the Dion Label Team, we look forward to seeing you at the Dscoop7 conference!
03/21/2012 15:45 by Ashley (comments: 0)
Dion to attent Dscoop7
Dion Label Printing will be attending the 7th annual Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative) convention. What is Dscoop? Dscoop is one of the only community based organizations for HP Indigo customers, founded back in 2005. The annual Dscoop convention is meant to be an educational and collaborative gathering for those who use HP machines to help them grow their businesses, increase profits, improved productivity and find greater value in their machinery.
The conference will be held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Washington D.C from March 22-24, 2012. The three day conference includes daily educational sessions as well as a solutions showcase tradeshow. Dion will not only be attending, but also presenting the “Advancing Your Digital Offering” conference session. Stay tuned for our next blog with more details on this session!
For more information on Dscoop and the conference, check out their webpage!
01/09/2012 14:53 by Ashley (comments: 0)
Dion Label Printing Installs Shrink Sleeve Equipment
Westfield, MA January 9, 2012- Dion Label Printing recently installed shrink sleeve seaming and inspection equipment. A shrink sleeve is a 360 degree tube that shrinks with heat or steam to fit around containers of various shapes. Shrink sleeves can also be designed to either cover an entire product container or only a portion of the container. Shrink sleeves are printed on film material with shrink properties.
An advantage of shrink sleeves is that they can increase customer attention on limited shelf space. Compared to a regular label, shrink sleeves offer more real estate for artwork and design concepts. Shrink sleeves are a waterproof solution for products exposed to moisture, making them ideal for the beverage industry. Shrink packaging is used in more nonconventional ways such as to wrap two product containers together or as a light barrier to protect the container’s contents. Shrink sleeves are also energy efficient as the entire packaging may be recyclable. As the flexible packaging industry continues to rapidly grow, shrink sleeves are becoming a more popular packaging choice.
Shrink sleeve manufacturing starts with printing on film specific to shrink application. Dion’s new equipment will then form the film into a seamed tube of material. Next, seamed tubes go to the shrink inspection equipment which inspects the printed tube and prepares the roll for shrink sleeve packagers. Finished shrink sleeves can be provided in rolls or as individual sleeves. In addition to the main seaming and inspection units, Dion has a portable shrink box that tests sleeves by shrinking sleeves to its product container in seconds.
Dion Label Printing, Inc is a digital and flexographic label printer located in Westfield, MA. Dion prints labels, shrink sleeves, tags, tickets, and specialty applications for multiple industries. Dion Label Printing is a leader in the packaging industry with two HP Indigo presses, 8 flexographic presses, shrink sleeve equipment, sustainable practices and print options as well as finishing options including hot stamping, cold foil, silk screening, embossing, and specialty coatings.
For Immediate Release
Editorial Contact: Stacy Santos
Dion Label Printing
800.583.6366 413.568.3713 x130
01/06/2012 13:20 by Ashley (comments: 0)
Dieline Package Design Awards 2012
If you follow our blog, you will notice that we are big fans of the Dieline. The Dieline webpage is a collection of new, innovative and beautifully designed packaging from companies, designers and students around the globe. The website is only five years old but has already grown into a globally known site. This January 2012 has launched their third annual consecutive Dieline Package Design Awards. From January 2nd through April 2nd packaging design entries will be accepted within 12 various categories. The categories include: food; non- alcoholic beverages; bath, beauty, health, personal; home, garden & pets; books, office & art supplies, toys, clothes, accessories, promotional; electronics, technology, movies, cds; spirits; beer, malt beverages, & tobacco; wine & champagne; and the student category.
Check out our blog featuring last years award winners and best of luck to all contestants entering this year!
01/05/2012 19:51 by Ashley (comments: 0)
Evian Star Wars shrink sleeve printing
“A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…” Star Wars became the inspiration for the latest shrink sleeve packaged Evian bottles. You might remember last winters blog about the Evian water bottles, inspired by famous fashion designers. For the winter of 2011, the posh water company has partnered with designer Mandy Brency who created some out of this world packaging!
Each bottle is shaped to represent the traditional weapon of the film, the lightsaber, and is packaged with a character inspired shrink sleeve design. The collection consists of five of the most well known characters of the film: C-3PO, Chewbacca, R2-D2, Darth Vader, and an Imperial Stormtrooper. The caps to the bottles were also designed to match the colors in each shrink sleeve for a top to bottom cohesive design. Evian has certainly expanded their target market with the introduction of these bottles. Previous designs, such as the Jean Paul Gaultier bottle, were targeted to a higher end audience. What I like about the Star Wars bottles though is that they will appeal to a more broad young adult audience.
Did you know that Dion Label Printing has the capability to print shrink like these Star Wars inspired sleeves? For more information, check out our shrink sleeve information page!
12/15/2011 15:08 by Ashley (comments: 0)
We blogged about how the Chicago Cubs sold a shrink sleeved beer bottle designed like a bat, and now another company has released a shrink sleeve baseball.
The baseball shaped containers were designed by Plastic Technologies Inc for Ohio Wesleyan Universities (OWU) weeklong celebration of Branch Rickey signing Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Rickey was the manager of the Dodgers at the time, and the signing of Robinson made him the first African-American man to play baseball for the majors in history. Each spherical shaped bottle is packaged with a white and red shrink sleeve designed to look like a baseball. On one side of the sleeve is the OWU name and opposing it is a circular black and white photo of Rickey and Robinson with the dates when he was signed to the Dodgers. The university filled the containers with candy, and as an added bonus one bottle was printed with a quote that would indicate the recipient won a special prize at the event!
Check out the article with more information on these shrink sleeve baseball containers on Packaging World’s website.