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FLEXO Magazine : January 2010
46 FLEXO JANUARY 2010 www.flexography.org • If a roll goes over a pebble that puts a 2mm deep dent in it, that small dent can equal eight wraps that need to be removed. • Even if they're paid for by your customers, could you make use of butt rolls? • Even if the floor is clean and care is taken in getting rolls to the press, you will incur some strip waste. The use of an automatic butt splicer and automatic rewinder provides possibilities for significant savings, including not only reduced waste on expensive raw materials, but also reduced downtime on an expensive press. Why are you in the label converting business? You might give any number of answers, such as: • To make a quality product. • To do something I enjoy. • To elevate my standard of living. • To make a difference through my work in the community, or in the world. At some level, none of these goals is possible unless you are profitable. So we might honestly answer: "To make a profit." So how do you succeed in meeting this profitability goal? Mike Fairley of the Tarsus Group, a "guru" of the label industry, addressed this in his 2008 presentation to the FINAT annual meeting in Paris, France, entitled, "The Future of Pressure-Sensitive Labeling." He noted some of the issues facing converters, including the challenge to reduce waste, cut downtime, better control environmental costs, reduce energy consumption, maximize production and improve margins. And in reviewing the findings of a two-year converter survey, Fairley pointed out the need for "urgent investment" as a requirement for improving margins and profitability. A specific question Fairley would have converters ask is, "How can I perform better than my competitors and become more profitable?" One way to answer that question, and the focus of this paper, is to reduce your waste. A Lean manufacturing expert may tell you that waste is anything other than the minimum Reduce Waste, Increase Profitability A Guide to Eliminating Costly Inefficiency By Craig Thomson PLANTS & PROCESSES
Sustainable EOY 2009