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FLEXO Magazine : November 2008
INDUSTRY INDICATORS similar awards for Imperial Vineyards and Cakebread Cellars wine boxes. FTA member Great Northern Corp., was hailed (second place) for its Jacob Leinekugel Brewery box. And in the stu- dent area, frequent FTA partner Clemson University, took all honors, among them— the aforementioned Clemson Jane, a first for its Wine Gift Box, and a third for Clemson World Charity. EMPHASIS ON ENERGY Day No. 2 saw a general session devoted to energy saving ideas for box plants. Engaging in the frank and candid discus- sion were: Jeff Pallini, Fosber America; Jim Simko, Simtek Systems, Inc.; John Donahue, Donahue & Associates; and Professor Art Ragauskas, Georgia Institute of Technology. Collectively, the panelists pointed out that saving energy lowers cost and betters the bottom line and is beneficial to the environment because it minimizes carbon footprints. It also pro- longs fossil fuel life and makes alternative energy sources more realistic. Suggested strategies for every box plant included: replacing halide light fixtures with fluorescent, repairing leaks in com- pressed air systems, automatically control- ling scrap and vacuum blowers, designing a total plant heat (steam) balance system, properly insulating pipes, and achieving better heat transfer and higher energy efficiency. CAPITAL CONCERNS Efficiency seemed to be on everybody’s mind at SuperCorr. Consultant Dean Mitchell, The Mitchell Group, spoke on making major purchases. He cited the basic objectives behind every capital im- provement expenditure as: 1 Reducing costs and increasing . capacity. 2 Introducing new technology to meet . customer and market demand. 3 Increasing revenue and gross profit. 4. Combating competitive threats. . Mitchell noted that small company presidents/owners make 92 percent of major purchasing decisions at plants that employ 100 or fewer people. At sites with more than 100 and less than 500 em- ployees, 82 percent of such decisions are made by manufacturing management. That percentage rises to 91 at plants with 500+ workers. The speaker suggested that a Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/ Threats, or SWOT Analyses can serve as strong justification for the plan put forth. BARRIER-FREE ENVIRONMENT Craig Garbarini, Corrugated Consulting LLC, encouraged plant administrators to focus on safety and building efficient organization into all new equipment com- missioning and installation plans. He suggested that scheduling techniques be utilized and required, costs be controlled, www. f l e x o g r a p h y. o r g quality be ensured and rapid return on investment be pursued. “Remove barriers from employees. Work toward continuous improvement and make it a core value. Trust your em- ployees. Deliver feedback on progress and performance. Recognize, or reward, ac- complishment.” Garbarini’s formula: “Plan, execute, adjust and analyze.” He delivered the message that, “People plus performance bring about progress,” then urged that key performance indica- tors be established and quantifiable goals set and measured. The words were com- monly spoken throughout SuperCorr 2008. Using “Green” and “Lean” as examples, Garbarini said, “Green and Lean are devel- oping sciences!” He closed with another commonly embraced approach to current business challenge faced by corrugated printers and converters, “Strategize with vendors and other business partners. Talk. Cooperate. Better the process.” Four years in the future, Oct. 1, 2012, the industry’s acceptance of and perfor- mance against those words will be evalu- ated as TAPPI, AICC and its co-sponsors, like FTA, once again convene in Atlanta, cut the ribbon on SuperCorr 2012, network for one full week, and take home a new, refined list of strategies to better the im- age and reputation of the box plant and, at the same time, move out to strengthen its business. ? NOVEMB E R 20 0 8 F LEXO 27