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FLEXO Magazine : August 2009
AUGUST 2009 VOLUME 34, NO. 8 In This Issue Whether narrow, mid or wide web, a fl exographic printing press is a major investment. Presented here are a series of articles guiding printers/converters in their decision-making process so that buyers select the make and model that fi ts their needs and capabilities. The subject is handled by not one but three authors, each touching on various points to create a complete picture (pages 38, 62 and 86). Of course, sometimes the best fi t is a “pre-owned” or rebuilt machine (page 46). In other cases, a simple add-on can make an old press feel young again (page 66). Regardless of the size, price or age, once you have that press up and running, you’d be welladvised to characterize its performance in accordance with FIRST guidelines (page 31). FTA HEADQUARTERS & FLEXO EDITORIAL, ADVERTISING, SUBSCRIBER SERVICES 900 Marconi Avenue Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PUBLISHER Robert Moran, ext. 17 rmoran@fl exography.org EDITOR Christian R. Bonawandt, ext. 31 cbonawandt@fl exography.org DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 jkaible@fl exography.org TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Bill Pope Phone: 585-267-5434 bpope@fl exography.org EDUCATION DIRECTOR Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 jtuccitto@fl exography.org GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGNER Katie Dubois kdubois@fl exography.org FTA TODAY 12 Pub Ink 14 Association News INDUSTRY INDICATORS 16 Pressing Issues 18 Specs That Shine 20 A New Retail Standard On July 16, retail giant Wal-Mart announced a revolutionary new approach to sustainability affecting its products and packaging. TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES 24 Expanded FLEXO® the Tipping Point Mark Samworth In order for expanded gamut printing to become the norm in fl exo, the rules of what makes a good package must change. Gamut and Consumer products company L’Oreal turned to Ghent Workgroup’s PDF specifi cations for consistency in its fi le preparation and approval workfl ow. 18 24 49 31 FIRST: Fingerprinting and Characterization Bill Pope and Michelle Beuscher What process control topic could be more appropriate in this issue than an in-depth look fi ngerprinting and characterization? Part II in this series on FIRST 4.0 methodology. PRESS BUYER’S GUIDE 38 The Right Narrow Mary Sullivan Tips for investing in a narrow or mid web fl exo press. 46 Molding the Future Jill Smith A rebuilt press helped Standard Register break into the in-mold labeling market. 49 Direct Drive Technology Tom England Accurate synchronization of the anilox roller and plate cylinder in each print deck module plays an important role in print quality for fl exo presses. 56 Servos, Servos, Servos! Steve Leibin With good reason, its time to say goodbye to gears in fl exo presses. Magazine (ISSN-1051-7324) is published monthly by the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association. Address all correspondence to FLEXO ® Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXO ® Web Press Purchase Added-Value and Sustainability Michael R. Pfaff 66 Investment/ Craig Thomson A strategic investment in press add-ons and in-line converting equipment can make an old press run like new again. 74 Fitting In Christian R. Bonawandt Tapecon’s investment in a digital press is not a divergence from its fl exo printing operations. 80 Keep on Rollin’ Core Shafts Don Chapin 82 The Basics 86 Buying a Kurt Flathmann Tips for investing in a wide web, corrugated or other large-size fl exo press. Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212. Telephone: 631-737-6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright ©2009. All rights reserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 U.S./$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 U.S./$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 U.S./$170 foreign. Single copies: $7 U.S./$10 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, and at additional mailing offi ces. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXO® Magazine is the offi cial journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance fl exographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXO® Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA. Thermoset polyurethane (TPU) rollers offer advantages over steel in printing/converting operations. BEGINNER FLEXOGRAPHER of Specifying Design variables affect shaft integrity and performance, so it is crucial to utilize a style that fi ts your needs. Large Press 62 Productivity, Effi ciency, Justifying an in-line fl exo press over offset. Enhancement