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FLEXO Magazine : February 2010
INDUSTRY INDICATORS • Reduce the number of cylinders required • Build repeats with lower cost sleeves vs. cylinders • Reduce plate damage, stickyback costs and labor costs by storing jobs on sleeves • Increase production flexibility by premounting plates onto sleeves • Quick changeover for shor t r uns and frequent packaging design changes • Reduce press make ready time by mounting sleeves offline while press is running • Eliminate the need to demount/remount plates by storing sleeves with plates mounted • Available thickness between .070" and .500" • Strong and durable composite construction with inner polyester sleeve and outer coating of high durometer urethane resin for improved cut resistance • Chemically resistant outer sur face - unaf fected by stickyback removal • Notch and/or scribe line available upon request • Easy to mount and demount sleeves using compressed air thin sleeve Xymid, LLC 5141 Craig Rath Blvd. Midlothian, VA 23112 804-744-5229 • fax 804-744-5331 www.flexoprintsleeves.com www.flexography.org FEBRUARY 2010 FLEXO 23 The AWP 230W processor is designed specifically to process water-washable plates from Asahi. Using only a de- tergent and water mixture to process plates, Asahi's AWP 230W design eliminates the need for solvents and the release of VOC's during the flexo- graphic platemaking process. The AWP platemaking process (back exposure, digital imaging, face exposure, wash- out, drying, and light finishing) takes less than an hour to complete. The wash solution in this VOC free process produces plates which are at gauge im- mediately after the processing. In addition, Asahi will provide its newest flexographic plate product, the water wash digital AWP DEF for the process. Asahi's AWP DEF plate is suit- able for all types of inks (solvent-based, UV-curing and water-based) and will be provided in thicknesses of 0.045in. and 0.067in. at a hardness of 77 and 70 Shore A respectively. Continuous Improvement Conference Takes Aim at Status Quo Making innovation and idea genera- tion a natural occurrence should be a goal of any printing company commit- ted to excellence, according to Dale Dauten, opening keynote speaker for the 2010 Continuous Improvement Conference being held April 18-21 in Tampa, FL. In the keynote address, Dauten will explain how attendees can develop a corporate culture that en- courages challenging the status quo. The Continuous Improvement Conference, now in its third decade, is presented by Printing Industries of America in partnership with the Founda- tion of Flexographic Technical Associa- tion (FFTA). Dauten is the founder of The Innova- tors' Lab, an organization devoted to developing and testing new ideas in management and marketing. He writes two nationally syndicated newspaper columns and has authored seven books, including The Gifted Boss, The Laughing Warrior, and his latest, Great Employees Only. Keynoting on the second day of the conference is Jamie Flinchbaugh, founder and partner of the Lean Learn- ing Center. Flinchbaugh will discuss how companies can develop their staff with "A3" thinking. The A3 process is a structured approach to report writing and communication, developed as part of the Toyota Production System. The conference will also feature one of the nation's leading practitioners of Lean Manufacturing. Under Jerry Bussell's leadership, Medtronic ENT re- ceived the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, recognizing its world-class application of Lean principles, tools, and techniques. His presentation, Lean Leadership: What Would Abraham Lin- coln Do?, will delve into what is required of Lean leaders and why Lincoln's les- sons are so relevant. The conference will also feature in-depth case studies highlighting suc- cessful improvement initiatives. Industry companies presenting case studies include: Duraweld, Keith Merrick, Label World, Point Imaging, Pollard Banknote, Prairie State Group, Priority Envelope, Western Graphics, and Wikoff Color. Additional information and registra- tion for the 2010 Continuous Improvement Conference is available at www.printing. org/ciconference or by contacting Jim Workman at 412-259-1710.