Structural Design

Curtis Packaging’s structural engineers have over 70 years of creative package design experience, and many of our designers have patents for their own innovative concepts. Our team uses the latest Artios Design software with 3D-output capabilities. This software allows for the most accurate rendering of digital mockups, allowing our customers to see what the carton will look like at the point of purchase. Blanks for testing and review are created on our two Data Tech plotters within 24 – 48 hours.

We specialize in the structural design of:
  • Folding cartons
  • Setup boxes
  • Displays
  • VacuForms
  • Gift Sets

Pre-Press

Curtis Packaging maintains a fully-digital workflow, allowing us to prepare files for extremely complex design projects. Using the latest software on our MacPro workstations, our designers and production staff can take your back-of-an-envelope idea, and create a functional, eye-catching masterpiece for your brand. Our Epson contract proofer allows us to create life-like comps for customer review.

Our pre-press design steps include:
  • Nexus PowerStepper production layouts
  • Proof layouts using Epson wide format printer
  • Generate CIP 3 data for ink requirements on press
  • Jobs screened by Nexus using Esko’s new concentric dot
  • Press assigned a generated G7 compliant Cal file
  • Fuji CTP plate imaging

Printing

Color Design Ink Lab

We use 100% UV (VOC-free) inks eligible for the SoySeal. Curtis maintains an ink lab on-site for accurate color matching. We blend 99% of our inks and coatings within our own four walls.

We can customize:

  • Pearlescents
  • Metallics
  • Iridescents
  • Satin
  • Fluorescents
  • Microencapsulation
  • Soft touch coatings
  • High build
  • Micro reticulation
  • Coatography®

Die-Cutting

We only use the latest die cutting equipment at Curtis. We have 4 Bobst die cutters and blankers, ranging from 105 – 142 and 1 Heidelberg Dymatrix 142. The combination of these die-cutters ensures the most precise cuts and the fastest turnaround times.

Cutting Die Production

We proudly have been making cutting dies for over 100 years. Curtis Packaging uses the Gerber Profile Die Tool Production system to mill boards for die-cutting, stripping and blanking. It also enables us to counter plates to every customer specification. The Easy Bender Turbo allows our team to custom bend knives and rule, saving both time and money in cutting die production.

Hot Stamping & Embossing

Quality Control Laboratory

Our quality control laboratory team uses state-of-the-art technology to measure the individual characteristics of each carton.

Curtis Packaging tests and measures:

  • Color using Densitometry and Spherical Spectrophotometry
  • Score and bend forces
  • Slip and friction
  • Bar code scanning
  • Rub resistance, using the Sutherland Rub Test

The data we collect in our laboratory is analyzed using Statistical Quality Control.
Learn more about Curtis Packaging’s quality