Web Sightings

Originally Published PMPN June 2006

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Shorewood Packaging

A company’s new Web site is designed to be easier to navigate and more user-friendly and features an enhanced search tool. The site also includes more information on the products, services, and capabilities offered by the company. In addition to its new look and expanded contents, the site is updated with new product developments, awards, and press releases. The left-hand sidebar presents links to descriptions of the company’s tools and resources, including prepress, printing and converting, and its creative services group that handles structural and graphic design. Packaging designs, data, fact sheets, and a glossary on all of the materials used by the company can also be accessed on the site.

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Adhesives Research Inc.

A company has launched a new Web site to better reflect its structure in light of its corporate reorganization last fall, which divided the company into four operating divisions (ARcare, ARclad, ARx, and ARmark). The new site has a clean, airy look representative of the company’s new corporate branding: Insight. On the home page, users are directed to “Select Your Region”—North America, Europe, or Asia—because each has its own corporate description and contact information. Each regional home page has two navigation bars that present user-friendly options for finding information. The navigation bar on the left side of the page provides links to descriptions of the company’s services, approach to product development, press releases, and more. All press releases and product information pages feature a “send to a friend” e-mail option and can also be viewed as PDFs.A company has redesigned its Web site to be a more engaging resource for its customers. A cross-referencing feature is designed to assist the user with ink selection and pricing. The site also provides sections for ink news, material safety data sheets, and answers to FAQs. A product brochure can be downloaded from the site. The company offers water-, solvent-, or alcohol-based inks and cleaners, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) inks and cleaners, high-resolution inks, and ink cartridges. A company offers a Web-based conversion tool that calculates speed (S), torque (T), and power (P) of rotational devices. The STP conversion tool is available to download for free. The STP tool’s calculations are meant to aid customers’ motor selection. The tool allows the user to input any two known variables and the STP then quickly calculates the third variable. Users can calculate any number of configurations by choosing the desired input units. The STP can also convert speed to rpm or rad/s; torque to oz-in., lb-in., lb-ft, N-cm, or N-m; and power to watts or HP.

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A monthly Internet seminar series covering topics related to packaging-material testing and performance is offered for free. Registration can be completed using the above URL. A combination of audio conferencing via telephone and visual presentation via the Internet enables participants to review the PowerPoint slides while listening to the presenter. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes, with a question-and-answer period at the end. July’s seminar will present a case study on total package integrity, covering oxygen transmission rate, headspace testing, material selection, and accelerated-aging results. A manufacturer of cold-chain shipping containers features detailed product information on its Web site. Two sections of the site, Existing Qualified Solutions and Science-Based Solutions, are composed of graphs on fill volume and heat profile data, product specifications, and diagrams and photos of the company’s insulated shipping containers. Another section called Develop Your Solutions invites users to fill out a short questionnaire to send to the company’s engineers who can help develop a container to meet the customer’s requirements. Registered users of the site have access to the Compliance Solutions section that features Web presentations on some of the company’s technologies. A guide to assist engineers in designing plastic gears is available to download free off the authoring company’s Web site. “The Nine Plastic Gear Must-Ask Questions” addresses operating temperature, moisture level, speed, load, and accuracy, among other topics. This guide is the third in the company’s “Parts Smarts” booklet series aimed at helping engineers design better, more cost-effective plastic parts. The guide encourages engineers to review and address the nine fundamental design questions outlined in the booklet before submitting their part and specifications for quotation to make sure they get exactly what they need from their tool and their molder.

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Rormac Packaging Systems

A company has revised its Web site to provide updated information and services to its customers. Seven links to specific product information pages are listed in a box on the home page. They include the company’s stopper inserters, syringe fillers, Uniject M120 finishing machines, unscramblers, filler machines, and tooling boxes. Each product page includes a general description, lists of specifications and features, downloadable PDFs of the product information, and photos or specification diagrams of the machines. The home page also provides access to company news as well as a description of the company’s parent corporation, and more.

If you would like a Web site to be considered for this feature or if you are interested in providing a review of a site that you have found useful, please send information to editor Daphne Allen at daphne.allen@cancom.com.


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