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FLEXO Magazine : March 2009
Bunting Opens Flexible Die Division The Bunting Magnetics Co. recently announced that its new Flexible Die Manufacturing Division is in full opera- tional mode. The Flexible Die Division is located in a new, custom-built facility in Newton, KS and is solely focused on the production of 100 percent chemically hardened flexible dies. This new facility and equipment allows Bunting to produce all types of flexible dies from simple designs to intricate die patterns. Also, Bunting can produce stamp dies that are machine sharpened and chemically hardened. All of the state-of- the-art equipment has been designed to manufacture dies in widths up to 30in. Bunting uses computer-to-plate (CTP) technology, which eliminates the need for photographic film which is widely used by other flexible die manufacturers. The use of CTP technology eliminates one genera- tion or transfer of the film image to the plate. This in turn increases sharpness and accuracy and also allows plates to be pro- duced faster and more consistently. It is also using a CNC mill, designed solely for sharpening flexible dies. Sun Chemical Pigment Facility Receives EHS Award The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) honored the Sun Chemical Performance Pigments manufacturing facility in Muskegon, MI with the 2008 Silver Performance Improvement Award for the plant's continual efforts in environment, health and safety. Sun Chemical's Muskegon plant earned the award because of its programs in waste minimization and resource management. One project included an installation that reduced the energy usage of a spray dryer by 30 percent. Additionally, half of the solvent-based parts washers in the plant were replaced with systems that use a non- hazardous heated aqueous soap solution to clean equipment and tools, resulting in a 50-percent reduction in hazardous waste. INDUSTRY INDICATORS Mark Andy Inc. Offers Harper Anilox Rolls MAX, the service and support team of Mark Andy Inc., announced an expansion in its aftermarket offerings, providing another element of ongoing support for its custom- ers. By partnering with Harper Corporation of America, MAX is able to enhance its af- termarket program to provide Harper anilox rolls to Comco and Mark Andy press users worldwide. Incorporation of Harper anilox rolls into the MAX aftermarket program results in an even more robust product of- fering by the largest service and support organization in the industry. X-Rite Announces New G7 Toolkit X- Rite Inc. announced the availability of a new G-j Toolkit designed to help custom- ers implement the G-j proof-to-print pro- cess control methodology for flexography. G-j is an IDEAlliance specification that outlines methods to calibrate proofing systems and presses based on principles of digital imaging, spectrophotometry, and computer-to-plate (CTP) technologies. The goal of G-j is to simplify calibration and help printers reliably achieve a close "visual match" from proof to press and from press to press. G-j focuses on colorimetric data for gray balance in the mid-tones, image contrast and image weight in a precise and 100-percent colorimetric manner rather than relying totally on densitometric aims, Le. dot gain, for each color which alone does not define vital visual metrics of an image. Available as a free download (http://www. xrite.comjpressG-jToolkit) and directly from X- Rite's extensive network of resellers, the new toolkit consists of a series of educa- tional and software tools and easy to follow guidelines for X-Rite plate readers, spectro- photometers and auto scanning systems. Included in the toolkit are a series of downloadable MIF (Management Information Format) files designed to bring G-j support to the X-Rite 500 Series handheld densitometers and spectro- photometers. The toolkit also features a complete library of educational 'how to' documents with step by step instructions www.f I exog ra p hy.o rg on how to use X-Rite products for imple- menting G-j calibration at every stage of the printing process, from plate measure- ment, to proof to press matching. GETTING PERSONNEL Nordson-Linda Ray has been appointed market de- velopment manager, paper and paperboard converting. Ray will be responsible for strategy development and solutions deliv- ery across the folding carton, corrugated container, paper and paper converting, bookbinding, print finishing, bag and sack and envelope manufacturing markets. Ray was formerly global business development manager for new markets in N ordson's Adhesive Systems Group. Tesa Tape-Dave Adams is the new business de- velopment manager for Converting in North America. In his new role, Adams will be responsible for driving and supporting the development and expan- sion of the permanent fastening business with a focus on the converting industry. Stat Check: www.FLEXOmag.com FLEXO FEBRUARY 2009 ISSUE Total # Views: 84,219 (+90.4% from January) Avg. # Pages Per Visit: 38 Avg. Time on Site: 15+ min. Visitors Represented 65 Countries TOP 5 COUNTRIES u.S. Canada Australia Thailand u.K. TOP 5 CITIES Chicago, IL Bangkok, Thailand Toronto, Canada Wilmington, DE Sydney, Australia e Direct Traffic = 5 6 % Referring Sites = 26% Search Engines = 18% Source: Google MARCH 2009 - FLEXO
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