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FLEXO Magazine : January 2009
TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES Housekeeping and organization plays a major part. The objec- tive here is to create a safe and organized working environment. Floors in the vicinity of the machine should be slip resistant and always kept clean and dry. Immediately clean up after any ink or fluid spills and always practice good housekeeping. Used razor and doctor blades should be placed in waste containers designed for their disposal. All rags that contain solvent residue should be kept in metal cans with properly fitting lids to avoid exposure to solvent vapors. Stand clear of material handling equipment being used to load or unload rolls of paper or inventory. Never place any tools, rags or press components in places where they could possibly fall into a running machine. These are all common sense topics that can easily be overlooked, resulting in unwanted injuries. Another important safety consideration is the implementa- A place for everything and everything in its place. Courtesy of Consolidated Products Inc. The ultimate goal is to have an integrated workflow system that creates a “pull” production environment throughout your op- eration. The objective will be to synchronize your production rate with that of the sales rate. This will give you the ability to produce when needed and produce quicker. This can be accomplished by identifying all the non value added activities that create waste and downtime. Waste can be identified in many ways, non value-added movements, inefficient use of production equipment or human resources and inefficient use of materials. The core principles of Lean all focus on eliminating these factors. Before you can begin to improve on your overall performance, you must first standard- ize the way you prepare to go to press. By implementing a few fundamental practices, you can build a foundation of standardiza- tion that will better support a more efficient and safer working environment. But first you must address the need of a Pressroom Evaluation to review the housekeeping and organizational state of your facility. SAFETY FIRST One of the most important parts of a pressroom evaluation is the concern for safety. A safety- first approach to the production environment is essential at all times. When evaluating a press- room there are obviously many things to take into consideration. Material handling, press opera- tion and the use and disposal of chemicals and solvents are always important. Following common sense practices is usually the best way to safeguard against any mis- fortune. Always wear proper eye, ear, foot and other protective gear. Never wear ties or loose clothing or anything that could get caught in the machine. www. f le xography. org JANUARY 2009 FLEXO 25 tion of a “Lock out / Tag out” program. Before performing any maintenance or connecting test equipment to circuits or devises, be sure to turn off and lock out all power to the electrical circuits. The lock out should only be removed by the person who applied it. Another electrical concern is to not have any extension cords or press component cables lying exposed across the floor. These could create a hazardous environment when moving and trans- porting materials. Good housekeeping and safety go hand in hand. A clean and organized work area is a safe work area. Be sure to have all aisle ways and catwalks clean and clear of debris. Never let clutter or old inventory block your way to success. The old rule of thumb still applies: If after 90 days it has not been used, disposition it to the proper place. This could be scrapped, sold, archived or recycled. EVERYTHING HAS ITS PLACE Many in a Lean environment utilize a “spaghetti chart” to map the operation during a Kaizen blitz. The objective of a Kaizen Blitz is to rapidly improve work cell performance and streamline the setups. This is where you can observe an average operator preparing for a run. Draw the operators work environment on an Courtesy of Carton Service Inc.
End of Year 2008