Flexographic Technical Association

Forum 2018: Examining the Growth of Expanded Gamut

John Hite and Kevin Bourquin

What can expanded gamut do today? That was the driving question behind Forum 2018 session “Expanded Gamut: Where Are We Now?” chaired by Julian Fernandez of Esko and John Rastetter of Pamarco. The one-hour session comprised a joint presentation from John Q Hite of Bryce Corp and Kevin Bourquin of Cyber Graphics.

Kevin began the session with a brief history of EG, following its first use case as a means to deal with pastel colors in the 1960s, to its patenting in 1968. In the 1990s, the real technology was introduced, said Kevin, and Drupa 2004 led to an industry push for wide web, and there was workflow supplier development and large CPC driving.

“Expanded gamut is really about bringing together education, experience and new development in the industry,” Kevin said.

The pair explained that with conventional plates, there is poor solid ink laydown and ink drying on shoulders, which means inconsistency. With flat top dot plates, there is virtual elimination of the bump curve, increased gray levels and wider exposure latitude, which enables plate consistency and especially small dots. In addition, press impression latitude has improved shoulder support and reduced highlight TVI variation, and enhances solid screen impact. A shift toward higher resolution imaging means better edge definition and more round highlights.

During the presentation, the pair showed how to utilize finer-line anilox volumes, high-resolution imaging, micro-texturing to achieve flat top dots, with side-by-side comparisons. The pair also said combination print, which John called “the big kahuna,” is the true economic driver because it reduces makeready.

Forum 2018 Expanded Gamut Where Are We Now John HiteTypically, combination print reduces costs, waste and setups, he added. They explained ganging jobs reduces minimum quantities, generates capacity and reduces plate cost.

New technologies that will take EG to the next level are consistent plates with LED exposures, plates tuned to energy output, screening that eliminates moiré, carries more detail and smoothness, robust PQM, immediate action and data collection, and inline spectral color management.

When asked about process control during the Q&A session following the presentation, John said it is of utmost importance. “Everything is about data.”

When asked if expanded gamut is more stable, John said the creation of color is the challenge. “The key here is what can you do from a consistency standpoint when it comes to color control,” he said. “Every color is different; you’ve got to be very careful creating the right commitment with your customer about what you’re going to be able to do.”

Posted by Richard Williamson at Monday, May 7, 2018

Bryce Company Successfully Obtains SQF Level 2 Certification at All Facilities

Bryce Company Successfully Obtains SQF Level 2 Certification at All Facilities

MEMPHIS, TN, January 23, 2018 (BUSINESS WIRE) – Bryce Company, an industry leader in film conversion and the production of innovative flexible packaging products, has recently achieved SQF (Safe Quality Food) Level 2 Certification at its Memphis, Tennessee, and Searcy, Arkansas production facilities.

SQF is a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety program recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and accepted globally by those who require a thorough and trustworthy food-safety management system.  Organizations obtaining SQF Level 2 Certification have gone through numerous assessments and audits providing proof that food-safety control systems, with continuous monitoring, are in place.  Its focus integrates quality and food safety, leading to an overall improved process and management system.

“We are excited to be the first major flexible film converter with multiple facilities to achieve SQF Level 2 Certification at all of its facilities.  As the demands on our industry and customers change, so does our response to providing them with innovative and value-add solutions.  We believe that the SQF Level 2 Certification displays a generational commitment to our customers, employees and communities.” said Sean Bowie, President of Bryce Company.

In addition to obtaining SQF Level 2 Certification in 2017, Bryce Company invested in two new presses and insourced new capabilities on the pouch making lines.  As noted by Mr. Bowie, “We continue to invest in the business, which has led to commercial growth in new and diverse markets.”  With Bryce Company’s family-owned values still in the forefront, existing and new customers alike continue to see that Bryce Company remains committed to serving customers by exceeding expectations.    

About Bryce Company

Based in Memphis, TN, Bryce Company is an industry leader in film conversion and the production of innovative flexible packaging solutions. A family business conceived in the early 1920s, Bryce Company takes pride in the growth of its nationally renowned customers through advances in technology and a commitment to exceptional customer service. For more information on Bryce Company and its capabilities, please visit

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Long Traditions in a New Generation

The Bryce Corp. prides itself on tradition. Family-owned and operated since 1969, the company’s values are deeply entrenched in the practices of service, excellence and innovation that were William H. Bryce Jr’s foundational tenants. 

Enter Sean Bowie and Stephen Perkins, the fourth generation of Bryce Corp.’s owner/operators. Married to current owner Thomas J. Bryce’s two daughters, Mr. Bowie and Mr. Perkins have brought their combined business experience of more than 20 years to lead the family-owned company. It is through this dynamic combination of new leadership that Bryce finds itself in the midst of revitalization. 

“Our objective is to continue to drive our business forward in order to accommodate the needs of the next generation of snack food manufacturers while we maintain the spirit of responsive service and innovation that our company has built its reputation on,” Mr. Perkins said. 

Added Mr. Bowie, “We are always investing, researching and looking for better ways to serve our customers. In business you have to do that. Our snack customers have focused their growth outside of the snack aisle, across the entire grocery store and into dramatically different market channels. Bryce has focused its innovation and its capabilities to support those changing needs. We are not looking to just be responsive; we are looking to be proactive — all the while maintaining the personal service and accessibility we are known for.”  

The snack food market is the cornerstone from which Bryce Corp. has built its business and remains both an integral part of their customer demographic and a major point of pride. 

 Its expertise in the production of salty-snacks bags has shaped the evolution of the package, from its initial waxed paper design to the sophisticated structures of today. The company has successfully produced polypropylene, polyethylene and polyester laminations for use in this market and continues to strive for advances in these packages. 

“Without the snack food market, we would not be the company that we are today,” Mr. Bowie said. “We value our relationships with our customers and have been investing to maintain our leadership role in this market for years to come.” 

While the change in the past 20 years has been dramatic and fast-paced from both a materials and technology standpoint, and although the core technology is not likely to change, Bryce remains committed to finding synergies between manufacturers and consumers. The goal is an end-user experience that is visually stunning and highly functional, Mr. Bowie added. 

The company’s active participation with the Snack Food Association (SFA) is no small part of this equation. 

“There are so many developments that occur as far as the wants of the consumer base that have a profound effect on our business and our customers’ businesses,” Tom Bryce said. “The SFA provides an unparalleled platform for us to get all of our customers in one association and allows us to have those personal and business relationships that are so important to us. Through this venue, we have the unique opportunity to collaborate very effectively so that we can continue to provide the highest level of innovation and service.” 

While the company has diversified and moved into markets beyond salty snacks, it has done so in order mindfully to take the innovations they develop in other markets and utilize them among their snack food colleagues. 

“The most exciting aspect of developing technology for markets outside the snack food industry is that we’re able to provide even more unique packaging solutions to our customer base. We take what we learn in other industries and apply them here,” Mr. Perkins explained. “Our goal is not just to be responsive to our customer needs; we want to be proactive in introducing new technology that a customer might not be aware of yet. We don’t just want to be a customer’s converters and printers of film; we want to be a collaborative partner.” 

This is just another example of the evolving spirit of the Bryce Corp. 

According to Sean Shanley, Vice President of Business Development, “Our business has always prided itself on our commitment to responsiveness and service, and we will continue to honor that commitment. The fact remains that in today’s ever-evolving business landscape, we have more opportunities to become an indispensable resource to our customers, and we will  keep seizing those opportunities. Any service we can provide to enhance our customers’ product lines, we will. Snack foods are sold in more places in a grocery store than any other product. The place where differentiation begins on that grocery store aisle is with innovative packaging.” 

While it’s easy to label the things that have happened at Bryce Corp. as “change,” Mr. Perkins and Mr. Bowie were reluctant to see it in such simplistic terms. 

“The new leadership, new facilities, new organizational structures signal a change, yes,” Mr. Bowie acknowledged. “But what we’ve always done so well — the service, the quality, the innovation — we’ll always continue to do. It’s that we’re going to do more, do it better and lead. We’ve always been known as leaders in this industry, and we will continue to lead aggressively. We just have a few new pairs of feet on the ground.” 




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