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FLEXO Magazine : April 2010
48 FLEXO april 2010 www.flexography.org a “mark to pulse” fashion. It is said that, “The register control has the flexibility to meet a myriad of support functions ,such as front to back (e.g.: delamination / relamination), cold foil, hot stamp, screen printing and die cut control.” From the press to the converting operation, ingenuity is apparent. Some five years ago, Cris Ray Printing introduced its new Lift ‘ n SealTM label that it maintains, “ provides product manufacturers and packagers with a low-cost, high-quality extended content label (ECL).” According to Cris Marro, vice president of Cris Ray Print- ing, “Lift ‘ n SealTM labels are an ideal solution for products that require additional information on the package without the manufacturer having to expand the size of the package or the label to accommodate the additional data. Once ap- plied the label can easily be peeled back to expose informa- tion contained on the back of the label, which is resealed when released”. Marro continues, “Pharmaceutical and health care prod- uct manufacturers have been using the Lift ‘n SealTM label to accommodate their labeling information, bilingual informa- tion and more; and cosmetics manufacturers are also test marketing this approach to provide their customers with the necessary information for their products in a readable type size without incurring the extreme cost other expensive packaging alternatives”. Now on the front burner—Cris Ray ’s Productivity Improve- ment Project. Slated for a two -year duration, and partially funded by New York state, it includes development and implementation of a marketing and sales plan, coupled with activation of an ISO 9001 Quality System. Management believes these measures will preserve jobs, create additional positions, win new business, reduce operational costs and build an impeccable reputation. Cris Ray Printing recently instituted a new policy for its clients, which will increase productivity in packaging by supplying them with 100-percent splice-free rolls. The Promise “Customers want us to push the envelope,” Ray Marro, Jr., vice president, explains. “Every job has to look exactly the same, time after time after time. We do not and cannot tolerate inconsistency. ” Functional dynamics apply to every pressrun—no matter how simple; no matter how complex. Job tickets rule! “Pull the job ticket. Set the press up exactly the same. It’s simple, not rocket science,” Marro says. Communication and documentation rank among the most vital tools in eliminating variables and controlling the process. Rapid response and sure fire customer satisfaction are ever-present pursuits at Cris Ray. Operators strive to comply with procedures and deliver unmatched quality. Here service, value and pride apply to every action taken on every label that’s run. n Plants & Processes FIRST says, Flexographic press dryers utilize hot air to remove the volatile portion of the ink from the printed substrate. As the hot air contacts the printed substrate, the temperature of the substrate, ink solids, and ink solvents increases, resulting in evaporation of the ink solvents. There are two types of flexographic press dryers: • Between Color/Interstation Dryers:These remove a sufficient amount of the volatile solvents from the printed substrate to allow for a dry trap of the next down color. • Main Tunnel/Overhead Dryer:The overhead dryer removes the volatile solvent from the last print station and completes the heat setting of all the inks applied to the substrate. TEST says,All too often press operators lose sight of the fact that it is a specific combination of both heat and air that dry the ink. Dryer manufacturers stress what they call the three Ts of drying:Time,Tempera- ture,Turbulence. The effectiveness of an oven can be measured by the time available for drying. This of course translates into the oven length on a web-fed press. The correct use of temperature is es- sential to accelerate the evaporation of the solvents from the ink. And finally, efficient air turbulence can overcome the negative influence of the boundary layer. For more information, see Section 22.1 (Page 247) Drying Solvent & Water Based Inks & Coatings What is FIRST The intention of FIRST is to provide all participants in the flexographic reproduction process with a common set of guidelines, tutorials and data that can be used as communication and production tools. The aim of FIRST is to create a common set of specifications and commu- nication protocols for the industry. This platform should establish common communication and identify the responsibility of the provider(s). To order FIRST, call 631-737-6020 or visit www.ftastore.com. What is TEST TEST is the educational arm of the Flexographic Technical Association. The aim of TEST is to align all of the training materials available through the FTA with the guidelines, tutorials and data identified in FIRST. TEST is focused on implementing new learning methodologies to reach out to a larger portion of the FTA membership. For more information on TEST, visit www.flexography.org. FLXApril10_mech.indd 48 4/10/10 1:23 AM
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