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How can your products best be used to improve the quality,
consistency and repeatability of print?
Jacques: For flexo to provide its greatest quality, the inputs to the pro-
cess must be consistent. By automating the impression and press setup,
good quality impressions are consistent and repeatable over time.
One key to this process is the mechanical rigidity and sturdy design
of the printing deck, so detailed comparisons are needed to deter-
mine which deck best provides the required stiffness while main-
taining user friendly features, such as quick sleeve change of both
plate and anilox sleeves.
Do you have any significant new product introductions planned in
Jacques: BOBST presented its new ColorControl system at an open
house held in Bielefeld in October, which will be beta tested in pro-
duction, with an eye to releasing it in 2015.
The great interest in ColorControl—not only among flexo printers, but
professionals across the whole industry—is because it is the last piece
of the puzzle in automating flexography. Since a consistent standard
in flexo color matching does not exist, yet brand owners demand high
color accuracy, BOBST developed ColorControl to address this need.
Will the coming months bring any noteworthy product line
Jacques: BOBST is continuing its expansion into the flexible packaging
industry by growing its market share for the standard 20SIX press plat-
form, as well as adapting the technology to new market opportunities.
On the service side, BOBST expanded offerings provide more ways
to support and interact with customers, either on the phone, online
or even in the mobile space with a new BOBST app. BOBST InTouch
online parts ordering system is available 24/7 to BOBST customers,
with 50 percent of customers (and growing daily) currently utilizing
this system. InTouch can be used to check inventory levels in both the
U.S. and Germany to determine the quickest parts availability, track
shipments and review invoices and order history anytime.
How can flexographers become better educated on the benefits and
most effective use of the tools and services you offer?
Jacques: The best way for converters to become better acquainted
with the latest technology is to meet with their local BOBST represen-
tative, who can analyze their needs and propose innovative solutions
to help further their growth plans.
BOBST also holds several events throughout the year which have
proven to be of great interest to flexographers. Finally, for the latest
news releases and updates, industry professionals are welcome to ac-
cess the BOBST website at www.bobst.com, which also provides some
basic technical information about the variety of BOBST solutions
Do you have any plans to
stage workshops, seminars
open houses or other events
that may be pertinent for
printers/converters in 2015?
What? When? Where?
Jacques: BOBST plans several
open houses throughout the
year at its Competence Center
in Bielefeld, Germany, to engage converters, share and discuss the
latest topics of importance to the flexo industry, in addition to the
regularly occurring industry events.
Why should INFO*FLEX 2015 delegates plan to network at your
booth? What can they learn? What will you emphasize that can
help make them better printers?
Jacques: By building long term relationships with BOBST, success-
ful flexographers can stay ahead of the latest new developments in
technology, which will help them keep their competitive edge. New
innovations in equipment and process can help improve a printer’s
profitability, so staying in touch is vital.
BOBST emphasizes a holistic approach to flexographic printing,
which focuses on using the right tools for the right jobs. This focus
helps guide converters to consider how key input to their processes
can be further optimized for improved productivity and profitability.
Look for BOBST at INFO*FLEX, as well as FPA and AIMCAL events
in North America, as well as other regional events.
Please provide a brief history citing significant developments and
product introductions made by your firm and comment on their
impact to flexo?
As always, BOBST will continue to invest in new technology, keeping
converters at the forefront of technology, and helping them to become
more efficient, more effective, and more profitable. Some of the com-
pany’s past achievements include:
• 16S at drupa 2000: Introduction of first servo driven CI flexo press
• 2003: Launch of first servo driven CI preprint press with cantile-
ver sleeve system
• drupa 2008: Launch of smartGPS, the most efficient automatic
impression setting system on the market. Reduces setup waste,
time and substrate to next to zero
• drupa 2012: Launch of the F&K 20SIX, the evolution of legendary
F&K 16-S press. It features a completely redesigned CI section for
highest mechanical stability and precision. Capable of printing
• October 2014: Presentation of beta version of ColorControl
system, a holistic approach to highly efficient color matching in
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