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FLEXO Magazine : May 2010
Plants & Processes 32 FLEXO may 2010 www.flexography.org 600m/min HIGH SPEED FLEXO PRINTING ©EN03/10HP-RANGE Leading edge innovation in flexographic printing • P2P®: dynamic adjustment system controls printing pressures • PCT®: Press Control during Transition • PTC®: Predictable Torque Control • SprintWash®: new automatic washup system • FlexoSmartPackHP®: Uteco engineering platform for improved performance and profitability in flexographic printing • ShopWare® Production Management, Control & Monitoring: easy machine-operator interface to manage productivity • LogiPack®: automatic handling of reels and cores • Print configurations: 8 or 10 color • Maximum print speed: 600 m/min • Printing widths: 1000 to 1700 mm • Print repeat range: 350 to 1250 mm • High productivity machine • Reduced job changeover times • Innovative and dynamic machine design • Consistent return on investment firstname.lastname@example.org • www.uteco.com UTECO CONVERTING SPA • I 37030 COLOGNOLA AI COLLI (VR) • PH.: +39 045 6174555 • FAX: +39 045 6150855 And a new innovation is coming... GENETIC INNOVATION thin-gauge film printing. Our closest competition is based in Kansas and Arkansas. “ We’ve recently hired a sales director/engineer to run this part of the business. With a strong background in film, he is an expert in packaging equipment and a key to what we are doing—orchestrating Mann-Pak’s master plan. We feel the investment in machinery and talent will establish us in the polyolefin shrink business. It’s all part of our plan for growth in the future. The intent is to fill the press to capacity, then purchase another one in three-to five years. And that is a conservative estimate.” Source reduction is a driving force in the industry, Manning, Fabrizio and Breslin link it, and their focus on printing film, to being “the wave of the future.” They attribute the observation to having witnessed grocery and club stores getting big time into bundling. And, they note, that some clients who started out utilizing 75-gauge films are moving toward 60-gauge, 45-gauge, even 30-gauge films. That said, the mission at hand turns to transitioning people over to shrink. The questions before Mann-Pak, many of which are now being addressed: How to do it? How to plan it? When to run product tests? The assignment—“Prove it out. Show clients the numbers. ” Manning sees it as a strong asset and a near no-brainer decision. “ People are looking for ways to save money. They are out to improve package looks dramati- cally. They hope to eventually eliminate labels and reduce inventories on raw materials—glue, adhesives, liners, etc. Printing on shrink saves in many ways. It’s a huge win for the end user.” n non-print converting operations at mann-Pak focus on cutting and slitting. on the day of FLEXO’s visit candy liners and boards were in production. Uteco North AmericA • 3400 towN PoiNt Drive, SUite 160 • KeNNeSAw, GA 30144 • Ph: 770 427 4100 F: 770 427 4872 “Flexo has changed big time. We can compete on quality with gravure and offset, thanks to real improvements in prepress, better quality anilox rolls, dramatically improved ink systems and application of four- color process spot colors.” FLX_May10_sec1.indd 32 4/28/10 11:52 AM