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FLEXO Magazine : April 2010
40 FLEXO april 2010 www.flexography.org in part to demonstrate our commitment to flexible packaging. Twelve years ago, I semi-retired, leaving my son Harley, to take things to the next level.” Bud, Harley and Admiral’s vice president, John Wilbur, monitor flexography ’s advancements very closely. “ Technol- ogy keeps changing and the circle continues on,” Harley noted. Variables, they say, will always be there, but standard- izing practices and controlling the process serve to keep them at bay. Among game changers that they discuss freely: sleeve press technology, digital plates and inks. “Sleeve press technology has changed everything. Toler- ances on sleeves were once very challenging. No more,” Har- ley said. “Software technology is awesome. Digital plates— our Esko 50 x 80— that was a huge step change...” EquipmEnt & tEchnology Installation of a 52in. Miraflex eight-color flexographic press from Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. is still a recent occurrence at Admiral. Brought in during Fall 2009, the latest addition to the pressroom floor sits side-by-side its 10-color counterpart. It represents the eighth press Admiral has purchased from Windmoeller & Hoelscher. The 10-color Novoflex CM was the first to be installed in the United States when it was purchased in 2007. For Admiral’s customers, both machines now provide fast turnaround and “gravure quality ” printing. The Miraflex and Novoflex are equipped with FTA Technical Innovation Award-winning EASY-SET automatic impression system, EASY-REG and a TURBOCLEAN inking and auto - matic wash-up system, which together increase accuracy while reducing setup and changeover times. Most jobs run at 1,200fpm to 1,300fpm. Admiral does a considerable amount of short runs. For example, the morning of FLEXO’s visit, a 75,000 piece order was printed in 28 minutes. The plant cur- rently runs three presses, employs 70 people; and operates two, eight-hour shifts daily. lEan manufacturing Wilbur promised, “Admiral stands intent on giving custom- ers exactly what they want, exactly when they need it.” With that goal in mind it secured a grant from the state of Rhode Island to assist in deployment of the Lean manufacturing model throughout the plant. “ We continue to reinvent the op- Value stream mapping helps refine the workflow at admiral packaging. as part of admiral packaging’s lean efforts, tools are mag- netically attached to the presses in areas where employees are most likely to need them. Carefully tracking the time it takes to complete jobs, and causes of delays. another part of the firm’s lean initiative. Visual instructions on many SOps helps reduce errors, confu- sion and downtime, as well as enhance the effectiveness of training. PlantS & PrOCeSSeS www.nordmeccanica.com Your profit margin can be significantly increased with lamination. If you need to extend your production to lamination: we can make it easy. If you need to upgrade your coating-lamination capacity: we can make it happen. NORDMECCANICA Spa Strada dell’Orsina, 16 29100 Piacenza - Italy phone 0039 0523 596411 telefax 0039 0523 612051 email@example.com NORDMECCANICA N.A., Ltd. 250H Executive Drive, Edgewood 11717 New York - Usa phone 001 631 2429898 - telefax 001 631 2429899 firstname.lastname@example.org Nordmeccanica N.A. Ltd is a full service company for USA, CANADA and MEXICO LINEAR COMBI - Duplex Configuration 11 technologies just 1 machine Super SIMPLEX SL “the most sold laminator in North America” FLXApril10_mech.indd 40 4/10/10 1:23 AM
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