Landmark Label of Fremont, CA received multiple awards in the annual 2011 Showcase of Print/Design Excellence competition hosted by VMA (Visual Media Alliance) in San Francisco. The Showcase of print/Design Excellence is a print & design competition covering Northern California and Northern Nevada. The entries that had to be produced before April 2011 were judged based on difficulty, level of execution and visual appeal.
Competing nearly against 225 entries from printing, design and graphic art firms, Landmark Label received one gold, one silver and three bronze awards. The company's gold award winning submission was the flexographic label - Chardonnay Carneros 2009 which belongs to Sadler-Wells Winery. The other winning entries are: Vespera 2009 (silver award), Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (bronze), North Carolina Chardonnay 2010 (bronze) and Cabernet Franc 2009 (bronze).
Landmark Label's achievements will be honored at the Showcase of Print/Design Excellence Awards Dinner on June 23 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa in Lafayette. Let us know if you are attending.
For more information about the Showcase of print/Design Excellence, call Laura Vargas at (415) 489-7625. To see our award winning pictures, please visit our Facebook profile.
Landmark Label Named Finalist in the 2010 FSEA Competition
FSEA - Foil & Specialty Effects Association - awarded Landmark Label with the Bronze Leaf Award in its 18th annual competition.
FSEA judges entries from all over the world on design, execution and level of difficulty. The categories spotlighted in this contest are: foil stamping, embossing, specialty effects, design, as well as categories relating to the use of green materials and the cold foil process. Landmark Label's winning submission - the Peacock Patch Reserve 2009 Zinfandel label won the Bronze Leaf Award in the Foil Stamping & Embossing/Debossing category.
The News is Out: Landmark Label - Cellotape Inc. Won the Top Honors in the 2011 FTA Competition
The 39 judges of Flexographic Technical Association have decided – Landmark Label to receive 1 Gold Award and Best of Show, 1 Silver Award and 1 Bronze Award in the 2011 Excellence in Flexography competition!
After evaluating 620 print samples for their degree of difficulty and level of execution the judges have awarded the Gold Award and Best of Show to Landmark Label for the Class V Vodka label, the silver award for the River Rose Gin label and the bronze award went to California Rose Label.
The Class V Vodka label which was printed on a white matte polypropylene substrate (BOPP pour le connoisseur) is one of the film labels we are proud to showcase as its design is very complex and printing it high-quality was not a job many print shops could do! The FTA technical judges appreciated correctly the design & printing difficulty of this label – Class V Vodka had to go through 8 print stations before it became a final product. The tight registration is remarkable and here’s where our skilled pressmen had a word to say.
River Rose Gin is another film label we proudly showcase as the artwork is outstanding and the registration is excellent! River Rose Gin label was ran on one of our flexographic presses and went through 7 print stations, the last one being the gloss varnish (UV) station. The silver award winner competed with hundreds of labels in the Narrow Web Line category.
Our other entry that stood apart from the rest in the 2011 FTA printing contest is the California Rose label. This label is one of our favorite as it is printed on a specialty coated substrate named Constellation Jade Raster. This simple, yet eye-catching label was ran through 11 print stations on one of our most advanced flexographic presses. The bronze award winner in the Narrow Web Line Coated Paper category was a 4 images across and 4 around job. The California Rose label was embossed, foil stamped and varnished to enrich the elegant look of the design and accurately represent the image of the brand.
Congratulations to our customers, pressmen and to our art department team for making such a statement of exceptional packaging and flexography!
You can see our winning labels in the 2011 Excellence in Flexography magazine – the Class V Vodka label is on the cover of this highly respected flexographic source, online on www.flexography.org and of course, on our website.
You can also like our labels on Facebook!
Boosting our capabilities
To start with, two years ago we acquired the Mark Andy Model - XP5000 which has one of the most advanced print platforms in the industry. With 11 flexo-press print stations, 4 die stations, re-insertion capability and computer interfaces at every print & die station, our XP5000 delivers the speed, high productivity and exceptional color consistency that your labels need.
Controlled by servo motors, the XP5000 can print up to 11 colors at one time as many times as desired without losing the registration and that’s one clear advantage this system has over the others in its line.
The XP5000 faster set up and job changeover allows us to print larger lot sizes without altering the quality of the labels as it utilizes electronic register control with exclusive servo programming.
Mark Andy’s Quick Change Cassette System offers rotary screen, two hot foil print stations and cold foil capability in addition to Flexo and UV Flexo printing. Embossing is of course, something that this top notch press can do and it does it much better than other presses. The multi process capability makes the XP5000 more flexible and more efficient than other narrow web presses. Another feature of this printer that makes our work much easier and helps us deliver our labels faster is the turn-bar capability - for the non-tech-savvy people this means that we can front print our labels and back print them in the same time.
One of the responsibilities our project engineer carries is to monitor the daily press runs of the XP5000 to improve its performance and exploit its fullest potential. The latest trick that our engineerdid was to design two cylinders that allow us to insert a second substrate into the printing process. In this way we can print on two substrates/materials at one time.
Like this printer was not advanced enough, we recently upgraded our Mark Andy XP5000 equipment with a DOD (Drop on Demand) printer with two print heads. “What can this DOD do?” you’re probably wondering now…two words – variable data. With our DOD 256 Variable System printer we can print two across any type of barcode labels – QR codes, RFID, Microsoft tags; NFC (Near Field Communication) labels and/or images using different colors (i.e coupons are multi-colored) at anywhere from 0 to 500fpm.
As the system it is integrated in, the DOD delivers top notch quality labels. Each print head contains a series of complex features – all designed to deliver ink with controlled, precise results and with no fluid sweeping or air ingestion at the print nozzles.
With this new acquisition, the high-quality print on various substrates with UV- variable inkjet does not constitute a challenge anymore.
To better showcase the capability of this printing system we will tell you about one of our projects which would’ve been very difficult to be completed on the other presses we have in our shop. Annie Chun’s, one of our most valued customers and the leading producer of all-natural, gourmet Pan-Asian food in the United States came to us with a peel-off label printing request. In order to deliver the job, we used the de-lam/re-lam features of our XP5000. After we inserted the material in the printing system, we removed the liner (de-lam) and we printed the copy - an Asian dish recipe - on the adhesive. Choosing the right adhesive was not an easy task to do either – the adhesive shouldn’t have been too strong nor too weak in order to deliver a viable solution of the peel-off label. After the copy printing was done, we reapplied the liner to the substrate (re-lam) and then sent it further to the next print station where the labels went into the turn-bar in order for the face printing to be performed.
Needless to say, we delivered these labels successfully, task that contributed to the sales’ growth of Annie Chun’s products.
Besides the applications mentioned above, we can print using this state-of-the art equipment - scratchers, lottery tickets, coupons and an application we are looking forward to - serialized parking tickets.
For the green conscious people out there, we would like to bring to your attention that we can use the same water based inks we use on our other presses for all the print stations of the XP5000 system. “Green” substrates are also available at your disposal. Stay tuned because we won’t stop here!
Landmark Label, on the road again!
Here, at Landmark Label we don’t have any rest, neither do we want it because this is how we are – energetic, innovative and ready to meet our customers and potential customers wherever they are! We packed our bags from Anaheim and now we are getting ready for Richmond, Virginia where the 35th edition of the Wineries Unlimited will take place!
By attending the Wineries Unlimited show you will find out how you can save and make money through your participation at the viticulture, enology, sales &
marketing conferences; which vendors can support your business goals and who won the 2010 Int’l Eastern Wine Competition. Bring a bottle of your finest wines at the Welcome Wine Reception and you will have the opportunity to find out how the gold-medal winners taste like.
Don’t leave the trade show though without stopping by our booth # 912 to learn about how we use our latest technologies and trends (i.e. QR codes) to offer you the most eye-catching and unique labels!
WEST Pack giveaway passes
"Dear Landmark Label customer, we have passes available for you in case you would like to attend the West Pack Show, which will be held in Anaheim, on 8-10 of February 2011. If interested, please contact your sales rep or Ada Cooper in the shortest time possible as we have a limited qty of free passes."
By attending the West Pack show, which is the premier packaging exposition and conference, you will gain access to new equipment, technology, and materials that will help you increase your productivity while protecting the environment (Think Green!). See you at our booth, #5461!
Visit “West Pack”- http://www.canontradeshows.com/expo/wpack11/#
Our “Think Green” Philosophy Has Been Revealed to the Winter Fancy Food Participants
“Landmark Label is committed to going “above and beyond” industry standards, from cleanliness to safety to environmental processes and materials. “Our goal is to set new standards wherever possible,” said Larry Ino, Landmark Label’s Director of Operations.
An example of pioneering efforts made in the area of environmental protection is the company’s sludge filtration system, which was designed and implemented in the Fremont facility in 2000. The system goes beyond purifying the production wastewater and actually turns the remaining sludge into biodegradable granules usable as landfill. Over the past several years (beginning in 2001), the Fremont facility has been awarded numerous Environmental Achievement Awards from the SGIA (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association).
Another example of “green thinking” from Landmark Label is the adoption of a fairly new technology – direct to plate printing. Our direct-to-plate technology is environmentally friendly as it eliminates or reduces the use of the hazardous materials and increases the productivity rate. More than this, Landmark Label ensures that all its activities are in compliance with the RoHs/WEEE requirements.
In addition to its transition to DTP, Landmark Label prints most of its flexographic work with water-based inks. UV inks are used for all of the screen-printing jobs. For its four-color process work, Landmark Label utilizes soy-based inks.
Landmark also offers biomaterials - Earth First® corn based films, 100% PCW FSC certified face-stock and tree-free face stock comprised of bamboo pulp, bagasse (sugar cane), and cotton linters. Better yet, the mill that produces the tree-free face stock holds three environmental certifications: Green Energy certification, ISO 14001 and Clear Water certification. ISO 14001 is as a matter of fact the next logical step that Landmark Label is taking in fulfilling its mission of delivering high quality services and products in a socially responsible manner.
The green materials that Landmark Label uses bring many benefits to the environment and to the customers as well – Landmark’s biomaterials lower the impact on the environment and in the same time they enhance the appearance of the product labels through their availability in brighter colors (soy inks), smoothness of the print surface and color purity (labels that contain the tree-free face stock are whiter than other tree-free products and create a smooth print surface).
Label manufacturers also benefit from their use – the use of soy inks makes it easier to recycle paper, improves the life span of the printers and is more economic in the long run.
Landmark’s efforts of being an environmental oriented company are boosted by the implementation of the lean manufacturing concepts throughout the facility.
You too can join environmentally conscious companies that want to make a difference. Mother Earth is counting on you. Deliver our message “Think Green” to your business partners and customers and always keep in mind that there is a better way of enhancing your brand - the green way!
Come and see our products and latest innovations at the following trade shows:
Health and Nutrition Show - The Trade Show for Retailers of Dietary Supplements and Nutritional Products November 6 - 7, 2010
Long Beach Convention Center, Hall B, Long Beach, CA
Booth no: 503
Winter Fancy Food Show - North America's Largest Specialty Food and Beverage Event January 16 - 18, 2011
Moscone Center, San Francisco
Booth no: 677
Unified Wine and Grapes Symposium - The Foremost Wine and Grape Industry Trade Show and Symposium in North America January 26 - 27, 2011
Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, California
Booth no: 1722
MD&M West Show - West's Largest Medical Design and Manufacturing Trade Show February 8 - 10, 2011
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
Booth no.: 834
West Pack - The Packaging Trade Show for the Western United States February 8 - 10, 2011
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
Booth no.: 5461
See you at our booth!
Landmark Label Manufacturing received three awards for cutting-edge flexographic printing in the 2010 Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Excellence in Flexography Awards. Competing against nearly 600 submissions from across North America and beyond, Landmark received the following awards:
Gold – Narrow Web, Process, Coated – Hogue 2007 Red Table Wine Silver – Narrow Web, Line, Uncoated – Daou La Capilla Collection 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles Bronze – Narrow Web, Screen, Coated – The Coastview Vineyard 2008 Chardonnay Monterey County
May 2010 - Landmark Label Manufacturing Receives Six Awards in Northern California/Northern Nevada Print/Design Competition.
Landmark Label Manufacturing received six awards for outstanding achievements in the annual 2010 Showcase of Print/Design Excellence Awards. The Showcase of Print/Design Excellence is a print design competition covering Northern California and Northern Nevada, hosted by the Visual Media Alliance in San Francisco.
Competing against nearly 300 entries from printing, design and graphic art firms, Landmark Label received the following awards:
“We are proud of our winning team, “said Larry Ino Director of Operations. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the industry as a company that produces top quality, award winning materials.”
Dan Nelson, President of Visual Media Alliance agrees. “This was a great competition with a very impressive standard of entries. Landmark Label should be very proud of their company’s achievement and the excellent work done by their employees.”
The Showcase of Print/Design Excellence recognizes those responsible for the creation and production of print and visual communications in Northern California and Northern Nevada. The competition promotes excellence in print and visual communications and rewards companies and individuals who produce the best in visual media.
APRIL 2010 - Landmark Secures GOLD at the 2009 FSEA Gold Leaf Awards
2010 WINERIES UNLIMITED - March 10th & 11th - VALLEY FORGE CONVENTION CENTER, KING OF PRUSSIA, PA
Wineries Unlimited – the east coast’s rival premiere wine show to Sacramento’s Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, will house over 330 exhibitor booths. Landmark Label welcomes you to visit us booth #337. For discounted tickets, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org We hope to see you there.
NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST – MARCH 12TH – 14TH - ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER
Attended by more than 53,000 industry professionals from across the globe, Natural Products Expo West, now celebrating it’s 30th year, is known as the premier trade show for the healthy products industry. Co-located with SupplyExpo, the Nutracon conference, the Healthy Baking Seminar and the Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace, these combined events showcase the entire value chain of healthy products from start to finish and identify the bestsellers of today and the trends of tomorrow. Natural Products Expo West is ranked as one of the top 100 shows in the US and one of the fastest 50 growing tradeshows in the US and Canada. Landmark label invites you to take part in the festivities and visit us booth # 5709.
WINTER FANCY FOOD SHOW 2010- JAN.17-19 - MOSCONE CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO
Landmark Label is proud to be a member of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade NASFT. Drawing an anticipated 24,000 attendees, the Winter Fancy Food Show is the premier spot for specialty foods, show casing over 250,000 products to include: confections, cheeses, coffees, snacks, spices, ethnic foods, natural foods, organic foods, and much more. This will surely be a mouth watering event. Stop by and see us booth #658 N.
2010 UNIFIED WINE & GRAPE SYMPOSIUM – JANUARY 27th- 28th, 2009 –SACRAMNETO CONVENTION CENTER
Landmark Label Manufacturing, Inc. is proud to be an exhibitor at this spectacular event. Come see all our new tricks. We do hope you drop by booth # 1722. Can’t wait to see you there!
LANDMARK LABEL MANUFACTURING RECEIVES MULTIPLE AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN FLEXOGRAPHY AND FINISHING TECNIQUES.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 2009
With great enthusiasm, Landmark Label accepts four awards from the Printing Industries of Northern California (PINC).
The Showcase of Print Excellence is a printing competition covering Northern California and Northern Nevada, hosted by the Printing Industries of Northern California (PINC) and the Northern Zone- West Region of the International Association of Printing House Craftsman. Competing against many other printing and graphics arts firms, Landmark Label secured the following awards: