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FLEXO Magazine : January 2009
TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES easel pad and then map his every movement from the beginning of the setup to the sign off of the product. You will now see all the non value added movements that influence downtime. This will allow you to identify the challenges and implement a plan of continuous improvement. It will also identify all the external activities that can be done by support personnel so the operator can keep the machine running. But these lean principles will only be effective if the proper safety, housekeeping and organization needed to create a standardized workflow environment exist. Without proper organization the end objective of improved production will not be accomplished. Having all the materials on hand in standardized locations will create a repetitive work envi- ronment. This will influence a second nature approach to the way we operate. Everyone will know where everything is. All operators will be equally efficient at any common work center. Clean and well organized work centers will create consistency and repeat- ability. Standardizing work benches roll racks and set up carts will all support a lean environment. Everything should have its place in well identified standard locations. How often during set up, or even worse, during a run, does the operator need to leave the area to obtain rags, blades, inks or tool- ing? These are all non value-added activities that result in down- time. Having set-up carts, designed to facilitate job changeover, will greatly improve workflow performance. You could have one cart that contains everything you need to set up the next job— pre-mounted plate rolls, inks, clean ink pans, doctor blades and tooling. The same cart can then be used for that job’s tear down when the run is complete. While that job is running, another cart is prepared for the next one. The first cart can then be loaded and removed from the area, while the operator starts the next job from the cart in queue. Carts can be easily made to accommodate the components for safe and easy transport. Substrates and raw materials could be staged at a designated area near the unwind stand. To improve press operation and the efficiency of the opera- tor, have all the necessary consumables in common locations. All wash up bottles, tools and press accessories should have standardized locations and be identified accordingly. This will limit the operator’s movements to only that which will produce value-added results. Having specifically designed work benches will encourage a leaner and safer work center. Having all tools needed to operate the press on outlined peg boards will always Anilox tagging, storage and covers. 26 FLEXO JANUARY 2009 www. f le xography. org
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