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FLEXO Magazine : February 2010
5 SESSIONS SESSIONS “ I have attended about 10 of these shows and they keep getting better! ” — Mick Karchinski, MECA & Technology Machine, Inc. companies will address their own workflows and how the need for speed has driven their decision-making. We’ll also hear how software technology can play a role in helping our organizations meet the challenges of productivity through Lean practices. Chair: Michael Butler, Southern Graphic Systems; Co-chair: David Haradon, IPA Applying e-LEAN Efficiency to Your Digital Graphics Workflow Lean manufacturing efficiency improvement techniques have long been applied to machinery based production workflows in a variety of industries. However, in the graphics and printing arena we are engaged with the digital workflows of our prepress environment. Find out how leading prepress companies are applying the new e-LEAN principles to increase efficiency, improve quality, reduce turnaround time and improve the profitability of their prepress operations. Jeffrey Hemme, OEC Graphics, Inc. Efficiency through Design & Prepress Automation Tools The current marketplace and economy continue to increase demands on the packaging supply chain with regard to quality, lead-time and production costs. Such demands are driving packaging design/ prepress companies to explore, implement and utilize automated prepress tools and workflow solutions to improve efficiency. By implementing currently available technologies, companies are able to increase productivity, improve communication and greatly reduce errors in their workflows – all of which lead to a more efficient process. Join us to learn about available tools and how to evaluate them for your operations. Larry Moore, EskoArtwork Streamlining Prepress: Plate, Press, Packaging The premium package is one that is consistently reproduced at the right time in the right place and at the right cost. Using the flexibility of an entire print network to meet customer expectations and business needs requires standardization. This starts in prepress and continues through to platemaking and into the press operation. The ongoing journey to establish standard operating conditions and minimize variables in flexo printing will be described as it relates to streamlining the entire supply chain. Highlights include: advancements in technology; the integration of systems; and the merging of job functions. Streamlining in this manner enables effective scheduling and consistency for delivering quality products at the right time and for the right cost. J. Phillip Crowder, Cryovac/Sealed Air Silos of Information: Harnessing the Power of Your Digital Infrastructure to Better Serve Customers Hybrid Integration, a software supplier for the package printing industry, will discuss how to use the digital exchange of information to: reduce cycle time; decrease errors; increase customer satisfaction; and better service all members in the prepress supply chain. Briefing will focus on using industry standards that integrate stand- alone processes and systems electronically and drive automation from web to print. The session will include information regarding the underlying technology, how the packaging segment compares to other printing markets and what companies can do to best prepare for the future. “Real-world” customer scenarios--some that have succeeded and others that have stumbled will be key components in this learning experience. Dan Lacey, Hybrid Integration Inc. Adapt & Evolve: How Sara Lee is Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Marketplace The marketplace continues to place a premium on companies that are willing to change in order to meet increasing customer demands. As a leading CPC, Sara Lee is all too familiar with what must be done in order to thrive. Sara Lee’s Category Manager for Packaging Graphics will detail how their workflow has evolved through continuous improvement, best practices and the use of electronic tools. But is that enough? While Sara Lee has managed to cut lead-times by nearly 40%, there’s more to do. We’ll hear about what else they have planned and how they are working to drive efficiency and quality into the workflow while eliminating waste and reducing costs. Margie Dehm, Sara Lee Corporation