IMDA gets off to a flying start

The 80th IMDA Conference at the Indian Hilton Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale, Illinois, got underway yesterday- 21st May.

Following a successgul golf day the day before, the conference was opened by Janelle Harris, president of the IMDA, at the members’ breakfast.

She remarked that the conference has gone from strength to strength over the years and that this year is certainly no exception.

The morning session saw Kevin Ford, of Miller Coors, open the speaker line up with a presentation on how design plays a key role in the state of the consumer. Design, now more than ever, is very important when it comes to marketing, and more value, he said, is now associated with design.

Ford said: “To get consumers to engage you must ignite their passions, create confidence and elevate their wellbeing.”

Later in the day, motivational speaker Nada Bakos, former CIA analyst, gave a presentation on her role in the capture of Osama Bin Laden.

This translated into how teamwork plays a very important part in any business, in this case metal decorating, and it was interesting to hear how by coming together with colleagues they managed to gather the necessary intelligence to finally find their man.

Later in the day saw the Awards luncheon, in which many in this field were recoignised for outstanding achievement.

2014 Decorators of the Year were Joey Arledge of Rexam USA, Edward Ellison of Crown Cork & Seal, and Jerry Salomonsen of Crown Beverage Packaging.

The Grand Award was taken by Independent Can Co for their can produced for Natura Pet Brands. The lithography was worthy of the award, being incredibly complex for the amount of colours available to them for the design.

Member of the Year was won by Mike Yavorski of Valspar.

After lunch, the technical sessions saw presentations on UV Curing, from Miltec, Innovations in Photopolymer Palte Technology, from Dantex, and also a look at the myths and mysteries of colour control, by ColorMetrix – among many more.

The full review will be available in the next issue of CanTech.

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One response to “IMDA gets off to a flying start”

  1. VICTOR Deeb says:

    Contaminants in Our Food and Beverage
    Beverage and or Beer consumers expect the product they drink to be free of health problematic contaminants. Food cans are a long standing technology that provides the consumer the enjoyment and nourishment of these products, however, the food can package can contain problematic health risk contaminants.
    We have been accustomed to feeding our infant children sterilized food from baby food jars, but these jars can contain chemicals that simulate hormones, and affect a child’s physical development.
    Currently many canned beverages, plastic polyester bottles; especially those that are post pasteurized, canned vegetables, and baby food jars, contain contaminants extracted from the internal container coatings and or closure coating and/or sealant, in the case of baby food jars.
    Currently beverage and food can makers are evaluating alternative inside can coatings, but these also are not free of contaminants:

    1) A polyester which might contain Phthalic acid / Anhydride, Melamine, and Formaldehyde, a Carcinogen, and Butyl Cellosolve. All health risk chemicals; including cancer.

    2) Acrylic resin based coatings using Melamine Formaldehyde, and Butyl Cellosolve.

    3) In contrast, a solution has been developed having No health hazard contaminants, such as: No Melamine, No Formaldehyde, No Acetaldehyde, No Acrolein, No Acrylamide, No Alkyl Phenols & Ethoxylates, No AZO Compounds, No Brominated Flame retardant, No Chlorinated Paraffins, No Creosole, No Dioxins nor Furans, No PVC, No Pthalates No Butyl Cellosolve, No Aromatics.

    Recycling of metal cans / closures containing PVC coatings and or sealants will generate Dioxin, a very powerful carcinogen upon Melting / smelting of, to recover and recycle the metal

    Other technical advantages of this development are:

    Can be made to Super High Solids and or 100% non-volatile content, depending on available application equipment.

    Can be applied by existing Roll Coaters, Spray and or Coil coaters.

    The higher solids, and low specific gravity leads to lower applied COST

    The coating / sealant complies with FDA 21 CFR 175.300, and EU food contact laws

    The finished product can be converted thermally by stoving, within existing Time. / Temp. cycles, UV, EB, or at room temperature depending on the catalyst used.

    The product can be applied with existing commercial equipment, only a simple stirrer is needed to prepare.

    If the coating is applied thicker than usual, on end stock or closure, there will be no need for can end sealant, nor PVC based sealant in closures.

    Also under evaluation,

    A green, based on renewable resources, Zero Hydrocarbon, Zero VOC inside can coating, overcoming previous problems associated with alkyds, is being worked on. With an FDA compliant solvent at super high solids; that can be applied with existing equipment and converted within existing cycles.

    Also cupping coatings for DRD. and Wall ironing of Beverage and or Food cans with built in internal lube
    Most recently Working on a beverage can coating requiring no stoving,
    that you might also be interested in, in addition we have been working
    1) No BisPhenol A (BPA) inside Beverage can coating spray for 2 piece
    and roll coated for 3 piece can coating,
    2) No BPA end coating that will eliminate the need for can end cements
    / sealant, coil coated on Aluminium or Tin Free Steel (TFS)
    3) No BPA Inside sanitary food can coating, for home and Institutional cans
    4) No BPA food jars closure coatings / sealants
    5) No BPA white coating,
    6) No BPA C-enamel,
    7) Naturally occurring solubil black pigment,
    8) Vegetable based container coating, zero VOC,
    9) All of the above coatings can be made to be applied at 100%NV and
    or zero VOC,
    10) All components of above suggestion are FDA 21 CFR 175.300, and EU
    food contact compliant,
    11)Solubil black for outside drum coatings
    12)Acrylics for CLEAR coatings, overprint varnishes, that can be UV /
    EB / or thermally converted, Zero VOC.
    13)Green, renewable derived solvents,
    14)Inside pipe coating with excellent release of tacky materials,
    sucas crude oil, to facilitate flow,
    15)Super high solid TiO2 dispersion / solution
    16) Flexible packaging anaerobic adhesive
    17) Resins based on locally available farm waste that will give you a
    competitive advantage
    I look forward to further communications with those interested

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