Future Links August 29th 2014

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers a print and paper sustainability initiative, an emotional 3D project, an egg-tray inspired packaging solution, suggestions for the label supplier value chain, a book production solution and a call for entries for a flexography award.

Konica Minolta joins print and paper initiative
Konica Minolta will be part of Two Sides’ North America Print and Paper initiative, an alliance that promotes the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper. It is lead by Two Sides North America, a non-profit that works with a host of printing and paper companies, including Canon, Kodak and Ricoh.
More at Graphic Arts 

3D design project prints emotions
Emotions are central in driving brand value but how to capture and create emotional value has long been a mystery. A 3D design project by took a stab at solving this issue by using biometric sensors and a 3D printer to record peoples’ emotions and print household objects using the data. This is still a first attempt but experts expect to see more projects like this in the future.
More at Singularity Hub 

Egg-tray-inspired toner packaging
It was clearly a eureka moment. When the designer team at Samsung tried to come up with new, more sustainable packaging for their printer toner, the goal was to reduce packaging material and waste without lowering protection or functionality. When a designer looked at an egg tray one day, the idea stuck. More at Samsung Tomorrow 

Improved communication across the label supplier value chain
A label is a complex technical product that has to fulfill many requirements. At the annual congress of the label industry’s association FINAT, experts provided insights for improved communication between brand-owning end users and their ‘label’ suppliers – including printers.
More at What they think 

Kodak and Bang Printing present book production solution
At a customer event, Kodak and Bang Printing, a leading book manufacturer, demonstrated how a combination of their technologies enables greater efficiency in book production. The Timson T-Press Digital Inkjet Web Press, which prints up to 175 lpi with speeds up to 650 fpm, uses KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology to produce images in high quality.
More at American Printer 

FTA opens Excellence in Flexography Awards
Call for entries: Flexographic printers/converters, print buyers, suppliers, designers and students from around the world are invited to test their level of quality in the field of flexographic printing. Entries are accepted in eight categories: Wide Web, Mid Web, Narrow Web, Combined Corrugated, Pre-printed Linerboard, Envelope, Self-promotion and Student. All entries must have been printed between January 1 and December 31, 2014.
More at Labels & Labeling