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FLEXO Magazine : March 2010
28 FLEXO MARCH 2010 www.flexography.org TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES seal. Drawings have to be made. New dies might have to be fabricated. Material in the proper thickness and density has to be ordered. I can assure you that the effort put forth by all involved can have big payoffs. For example, I recently worked with a customer to modify their old Kidder chambers from the old plastic pieces used to seal the chambers to a proper neoprene end seal. With a few changes here and there, they were able to increase their press speeds noticeably, and just about double their doctor blade life while saving some money on parts. An extra bonus was much cleaner presses. All of this took some effort from both parties but it was worth it. Hang in there with your supplier. For something as simple as an end seal, we covered a lot of different areas in this article. Take a walk around your press- room and look at your presses. If you track downtime, take a look to see if what you just read above is an area that needs attention and can have a good payback for your company. If so, then talk with your supplier to see what can be done. You noticed that I mentioned working with your supplier several times in this article. What I said was true; he or she can be a valuable resource. By the way, in most cases, suppliers are a valuable, free resource. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dave Southall is the northeast re- gional sales manager for Max Daetwyler Corp. Kidder chamber end seal retro fit.
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