The Sonoco Institute

The Sonoco Institute was created to exploit the synergies that exist between the graphic communications and packaging science departments. It is the only university program in the country with this one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary approach to packaging as a core competency.


  • Mekrom Evo3 Solvent Plate Processor

    The Sonoco Institute now has the ability to process solvent plates from any plate manufacture. With solvent wash plates, we can now hold very high resolutions and fine details on the plate surface. We currently keep the following plates on-hand for trials: Asahi TOP, MacDermid Rave, DuPont DPR. DSP. DPL, and Flint ACE in .067" thickness.

  • Esko XPS Crystal

    The XPS Crystal optimally combines UV main and back exposure to produce highly consistent digital flexo plates. Unlike UV frames using lightbulbs that fluctuate in output, the XPS Crystal uses UV LEDs which don’t need warm-up time and always emit consistent radiation.

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  • OMET VaryFlex 530

    A shaft-less, gearless servo driven press that is capable of printing 7 colors using UV, water based or solvent inks, with a maximum web width of 20.5 inches. The suitable thicknesses of material for the press are from 12 micron to 24 pt. 

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  • Esko CDI Spark 4835 Inline UV

    The CDI Spark 4835 images digital flexographic plates up to 48” x 35” (1200 x 900 mm). This digital flexo-imaging device addresses the small to medium volume label and folding carton flexo plate makers and converters. The laser on this machine has a special switch optics which allows us to use either 4000dpi or 8000dpi resolution when imaging a plate. This opens the door for security printing as well as fine circuitry for Printed Electronic applications.

  • Camis Irismal S600 Sleeve Mounter

    Fitted with a highly accurate camera optical rail system and cylinder support beam, the Irismal 600 is designed to enable narrow web printers to mount plates quickly and accurately.

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  • Esko Kongsberg C

    The Kongsberg C table is designed to keep up with the faster, wider printers of today and tomorrow. It is the very first multifunction, superwide digital finisher for signage, display and packaging applications.

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  • ESKO Computer Lab

    A modern, sophisticated Mac computer lab programmed with the most up-to-date software used in industry. In this lab a project can be taken all the way from brainstorming, to development, to production. There is also software that is geared towards quality control, color management and project management.

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  • Kongsberg XL20

    An easy to use digital finishing system offering perfect registration for cut and crease designs made in CAD.  This device gives you a combination of tools to finish anything from papers, styrene, plates, PVC, foam boards, etc. 

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  • Tobii Mobile Eye Tracking Glasses

    Tobii Glasses represent the latest developments in mobile eye tracking. New technology and design enable unobtrusive, time-efficient and accurate mobile eye tracking studies in real-world environments.

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  • SpotOn!

    SpotOn! Flexo is new leading-edge technology that makes it possible to get optimum color reproduction and density information for any spot color, right at your fingertips. SpotOn! Flexo utilizes Predictive Analysis to determine the best ink density for optimum color reproduction.

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  • Belovac C-Class 48x48 Vacuum Former

    Capable of forming sheets up to 1/4" (.64cm) thick, 48x48 inches in size and drawing to 22 inches in depth, the Vacuum Former can make professional, custom forms in seconds. It is equipped with fully adjustable clamping, a programmable heat timing unit, is capable of 300lb pneumatic seal pressure, and can work with a variety of plastics; PP, PET, PS, ABS, and PVC.

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  • Roland MDX-540 Benchtop Milling Machine

    The newest addition to the Sonoco Institute, this 4-axis Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP) System is a desktop CNC device. The MDX-540 is complete with powerful CAM software that quickly and easily produces everything from functional snap-fit parts and prototypes to light metal molds and custom jewelry.

  • Makerbot Replicator 2

    Housed in our digital lab in the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics, the Makerbot Replicator 2 is our solution to rapid prototyping. With an LCD display, the 3D printer allows students to realize their designs in a time efficient way. The Replicator 2 has a build envelope of 6 x 6 inches and uses PLA plastic spools.

  • Roland VersaUV LEJ-640 UV Inkjet Printer

    A 64” UV inkjet printer/cutter that accurately prints white and clear inks for varnishing and embossing effects on a variety of substrates ranging from metallic and synthetic papers and foils to BOPP, PE and PET film, even leather and fabrics.

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  • Manual Benchtop Plastic Injection Molding

    The Small Manual Benchtop Plastic Injection Molding Machine melts 2 ounces of resin pellets as hot as 600ºF and fills any routed mold up to 8x8x4 inches. Designed specifically for product development, prototyping, research and short runs.

  • Testing Devices

    Equipment ranging from the Clemson-themed Perfect Proofer, Sutherland 2000 Rub Tester, FlexiProof 100, Brookfield Viscometers, FP-2250 Friction/Peel Tester, and Harper Phantom QD Proofer offer accuracy and precision in measuring samples and research. 

  • Microdynamics-3DQC RollScope

    The MD-3DQC RollScope is designed for the package printing industry. It provides cell volume measurement that is critical to achieving accurate color results and eliminating costs. The MD-3DQC can be used for anilox, gravure, flexo-plate, etched gravure and laser gravure.

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  • Color Measurement Devices

    A broad range of colormetric devices ranging from the X-Rite 500 Series Spectrodensitometer, X-Rite I1iO Table, X-Rite SpectroEye, and the X-Rite 939. These are some of the most versatile and revolutionary in color measurement instruments available today.

  • Software

    A wide range of color control and workflow software allowing for maximum productivity include software such as, the full Esko Suite, ColorMunki, and X-Rite Ink Formulation and X-Rite Color Quality 5.0

  • Epson Stylus® Pro WT7900

    A 24” printer designed specifically for proofing flexographic and gravure print jobs that require the color white. The printer is capable of printing directly on both ink jet coated clear and metallic films in roll or cut sheet and is ideal for a variety of purposes.

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