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PAR Global Resources Receives 2015 Best of Santa Clara Award

SANTA CLARA March 20, 2015 – PAR Global Resources has been selected for the 2015 Best of Santa Clara Award in the Printing & Packaging category by the Santa Clara Award Program.

Each year, the Santa Clara Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Santa Clara area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Santa Clara Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Santa Clara Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About PAR Global Resources

PAR Global Resources, Inc. has been providing innovative and cost effective print, packaging, and digital marketing services to customers worldwide for over 30 years. PAR Global’s mission is to consistently deliver the finest quality marketing solutions that meet the unique needs and expectations of each of our clients. This philosophy allows us to grow our companies together through superior Customer Service, Innovation, Quality and Commitment.

More information about PAR Global is available online at http://www.par-global.com

About Santa Clara Award Program

The Santa Clara Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Santa Clara area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Santa Clara Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Santa Clara Award Program

CONTACT:Santa Clara Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardsystem.org
URL: http://www.awardsystem.org

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Various paper coatings and their uses

Overprint Varnish

Applying varnish is an inexpensive way to add gloss to your printed materials. Although not as hard as other coatings, varnish does offer some protection; mainly resistance to dirt, smearing, and water. Varnish can be applied in two ways. Overprint/flood which is applied over the entire printed surface for protection and Spot/Pattern which is applied to select elements for emphasis. Varnish can also be color tinted. Gloss varnish reflects more light and adds to the sharpness and saturation of images while matte or dull varnish increases readability by diffusing light and reducing glare. This economical coating provides a mild shine and protection but can yellow paper over time.


  • Economical
  • Resistant to dirt, smearing and water
  • Can be spot applied for content emphasis


  • Not as hard as other coatings
  • May yellow over time

Aqueous Coating

Aqueous coatings are fast-drying, water based, protective sealants particularly resistant to smudges and fingerprints. Aqueous formulations afford greater protection than varnish and have gloss characteristics that fall between varnish and UV coatings. A high gloss finish has less rub resistance and conversely, a greater rub resistance reduces the gloss. They are not water/liquid resistant because the cured coating does inhibit complete drying of the inks on the printed surface.


  • Higher gloss and clarity than varnish
  • Resistant to smudges/fingerprints
  • Fast drying
  • Does not yellow over time
  • Environmentally friendly (Water-Based)
  • Allows for glossy finish on lesser grade papers


  • Rub resistance varies from gloss to matte finishes
  • Not water/liquid resistant


Film-based laminate consists of a clear plastic film laid down over the sheet of paper. Laminates protect the sheet from water, are slow to apply and costly; but provide a strong, washable surface. Film lamination features high gloss with a very smooth, tough finish. This durable plastic film has advantages over liquid coating at a slightly higher cost. Film lamination will not yellow with age, flake off, and is scratch resistant. In addition, the ink is protected from cracking and provides an odorless/wipeable surface.


  • Waterproof
  • Strong, washable surface
  • Will not yellow with age
  • Ink is protected from cracking


  • Expensive
  • Slow to apply

 UV Coating

UV coating is a liquid based, protective coating which is applied and cured by ultraviolet lamps leaving an extremely high gloss hard finish that is chemical and abrasion resistant. UV coatings are solvent free and emit little VOCs (volatile organic compounds). A gallon of conventional ink will contain anywhere from 300 to 450 grams of VOC while UV inks carry between 20 to 40 grams of VOC based on pigment. It is more difficult to recycle than other coatings. Drying is instantaneous with exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Spot cover, raised effects and a very heavy coating for extra shine and protection are possible. Printing must be done with UV inks or inks that do not contain micro crystalline wax (also called wax-free). Pigments must be heat and chemical resistant. If nonresistant colors are used, the color may fade, change or bleed into unprinted areas. UV inks do not have the problem of cracking when bending or scoring as long as you choose the correct Overprint Clear. An Overprint Clear with the correct Monomer Package will avoid this problem.


  • Highest gloss
  • Better clarity
  • Chemical and abrasion resistant
  • Spot over and raised effects possible


  • Requires special inks
  • Difficult to recycle
  • May crack when folded or scored unless the correct Overprint Clear is selected

 Other Considerations

You will often find different manufacturers have different coating preferences and opinions as it relates to printed materials. Typically these are based on in-house equipment availability, operator experience, and personal aesthetic preferences. While all four press coatings mentioned have advantages and disadvantages, there are situations where each shine.

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10 Printing terms that do not mean what you think!

1) Choke – No longer an action you fantasize about when your spouse is nagging at you, but a technique of slightly reducing the size of an image to create a hairline trap or to outline. Also called shrink and skinny.

2) Comprehensive Dummy – Yes, we realize there is almost always one in every crowd, but in the print industry, it is a simulation of a printed piece compete with type, graphics, and colors.

3) Creep –  Not just some scoundrel inappropriately hitting on everyone in the place, but the phenomenon of middle pages of a folded signature extending slightly beyond the outer pages.

4) Double Bump – Indeed it is a complicated belly dance maneuver, but in the print industry it is also to print a single image twice so it has two layers of ink.

5) Gutter – It might be that place my bowling ball is always drawn to, but in this case it is the inside margins toward the back of the binding edges of a publication.

6) Halo Effect – Is a social-psychological phenomenon that allows humans to make snap judgments of others, often biased from one extreme to another; in addition, it’s a faint shadow that sometimes surrounds the halftone dots printed. The halo itself is also called a fringe.

7) Hotspot – No, it’s not just a perk to help us choose our social hangouts based on free internet access. At your local print shop it is a printing defect caused when a piece of dirt or an air bubble caused incomplete draw down during contact platemaking, leaving an area of weak ink coverage or visible dot gain.

8) Jogger – Often seen at intersection crossings bobbing in place and waiting their turn to cross; also, a vibration machine with a slopping platform to even up stacks of printed materials.

9) Paper Plate – We are not talking about Chinet or Dixie, but a printing plate made of strong and durable paper used in an offset press. It is cost effective with short runs.

10) Rainbow Fountain –  No, this is not an accessory play set found in the My Little Pony toy collection, but a technique of putting ink colors next to each other in the same ink fountain and oscillating the ink rollers to make the colors merge where they touch, producing a rainbow effect.

This moment of clarity was brought to you by PAR Global Resources.

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