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FLEXO Magazine : May 2009
FTA TODAY defi ned by the Lauterbach Productivity System. It could be the full implementation of a Kaizen event or hitting a milestone measurement. The Lauterbach Group has found that even the simplest of actions can make a signifi cant impact. For example, the IT department found ways to reduced copy waste, including setting the default printing of its copier to duplex. As a result of these measures, it reduced offi ce printing by 40 percent. Waste paper, along with corrugated board and plastic is recycled. In addition, Lauterbach Group is working toward several recognition programs. It is in the process of achieving Chain of Custody Certifi cation for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The company has identifi ed the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership initiative as an organization that parallels its values and will strive for certifi cation in 2009. “Lauterbach had a strong program with great involvement from all employees. It had an excellent use of Lean,” commented Judge Michael Rogovein, Tension Envelope Corp. IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE… Coating Excellence International LLC (CEI) is a leading manufacturer of wide web printed fl exible packaging products for niche applications within the offi ce, food, consumer, industrial and specialty packaging end markets. CEI is a relatively new company, opening its doors in Wrightstown, WI in 1997. Focusing on specialty laminating and extrusion coating of paper and fi lm substrates, CEI uses only water-based ink technologies, solventless adhesives, environmentally sound manufacturing and sustainable raw materials. At this time CEI is awaiting its audit to become a certifi ed SGP Printer with the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. CEI won the Technical Innovation be- cause of its Super Tube woven bag. It best exemplifi ed the company’s approach to cre- ating sustainable, environmentally safe packaging materials. Super Tube is a reverse-printed fi lm laminated to a woven polypropylene tube which is then formed into a tear-proof, moisture-resistant, durable and seamless bag. It is designed to package bulk products such as pet food, lawn care and seed products sold in retail stores. The key environmental advantages of the Super Tube are ex- tensive. It is 100 percent recyclable in pre and post-consumer environments. The tubes consume less landfi ll space, if not recycled, than alternative packaging as they weigh less than half of the traditional multi-wall paper bags. Super Tubes have a lower carbon footprint than alternative packaging. The switch to polypropylene woven bags saved one large pet food manufacturer 350 percent AllpakTrojan uses recyclable protective interior packaging made out of corrugated board, instead of foam.