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FLEXO Magazine : March 2010
36 FLEXO MARCH 2010 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY • Efficiency in the work makes the difference between printers who stay open and grow and those that find it difficult to survive week to week. • Do not to assume that the scale system you use or your ink formulas are calibrated---always start from square one. • Always examine plates for any abnormalities in im- age formation, such as voids and underdeveloped images. • Most printers do not have the equipment necessary to confirm or deny the volume of any anilox rolls. Tips for a More Organized and Efficient Operation By Mike Huey Printing, like any business, has the goal of providing a great product to the customer while making a profit. We all know from experience that making money by producing labels, envelopes, preprinted linerboard or flex- ible packaging is much easier said than done. It is not just a simple matter of turning on the press and printing something; if that were the case, then anyone could do it. Competition drives the market and you must find new margins just to cover costs and make payroll. Take a thorough analysis of your printing process to pare inefficiencies that needlessly cost you money. If you look within the workflow, the information and the preparation taken to complete each job, you will very likely find opportunities to streamline. Thorough preparation of processes will improve the understanding of job requirements and maximize time spent at press. We must accept the fact that no matter how efficient we may think our process is, we still have to become smarter and faster at what we do. We'll start by taking a look inside our plants at how we manage workflow. In this article, I would like to discuss a few areas of prepa- ration and communication that I believe are crucial factors in getting a job to the press and off the press in a proficient and effective time manner. When we overlook the opportunities in these areas, it no doubt costs money and profitability. Let's focus on specific communication and preparation issues for areas such as ink, plate, anilox, make ready procedure and general recipe control. IN THE INK ROOM A well-coordinated ink room is a necessity in today 's print environment. Inks are costly and get wasted if not managed properly. Ink Inventories can also be tying up valuable dollars, Preparation and Communication for Profitability Be sure to use the same formulation in the proofer as is being used on press. All art courtesy Harper Corporation of America.
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