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FLEXO Magazine : May 2010
FTA TODAY If you use anything less than R/bak® SA 3000 Flexographic Mounting Tapes on the new generation of high speed flexographic presses then you’ll just be standing still. Rogers® open cell polyurethane mounting tapes provide the cushioning needed to absorb shock which means fewer press adjustments, higher productivity and lower overall costs. Visit our Web site to request a copy of the R/bak® SA 3000 TAPES BROCHURE at www.rogerscorp.com/rbak or call 800.935.2940 High-speed flexographic presses require R/bak® SA 3000 materials. RbakSpeedDogFlexo4-10v2.qxd 3/8/10 9:39 AM Page 1 148 FLEXO mAY 2010 www.flexography.org Lori Ashford, quality and CPI team lead at Robbie (left), accepts the FTA Environmental Excellence Award from Doreen m. monteleone at the 2010 NEHS Conference. The team at Robbie, the third of four FTA members to achieve SGP certification, and now also a recipient of the 2010 FTA Environmental Excellence Award. Specialty Printing implemented the Total Predictive Mainte- nance Program. This program is designed to give a timeframe when equipment is going to fail by detecting loose wiring, fail- ing bearings, drives and motors. It also indicates higher than normal electric usage for equipment that is not running under normal parameters. Adjustments were made accordingly. Some additional programs Specialty Printing has implemented include: recycling trim waste, cans, bottles, pa- per products, toner cartridges, pallets and bulbs; setting copiers to duplex; installing light sensors; returning plate chemistry to suppliers for recycling; and using post-consumer materials wherever possible. Their program resulted in increased employee understanding and partici- pation with conservation processes. They held monthly classes on conser- vation and safety. The “Specialty Print- ing University ” is a permanent part of employee training which includes internally taught classes on increasing productivity, reducing waste, deter- mining root cause and implementing corrective actions. “ This is a great example of how Lean Manufacturing and sustainability seamlessly merge together. Lean manu- facturing always leads to less waste and improved sustainability. These are tools any printer can employ and get quick and quantifiable re- sults. It obviously takes effort and determination, but as shown by Specialty Printing it pays off in both a lower impact on the environment and lower cost on the manufacturing floor,” com- mented judge Michael Impastato, Flint Group. Robbie Fantastic Flexibles, a certified SGP Printer, pro- duces bags, pouches and packaging films for a variety of markets. The company developed a sustainability program using the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership criteria as the framework. Robbie implemented a continuous improve- ment project that resulted in a 15 percent landfill reduction by Dec. 2009. The company is targeting another 15 percent reduction by Dec. 2010. Robbie developed a Sustainability Task Force (STF) that led to the necessary changes to reach SGP certification, implement sustainable activities throughout the facility and develop communications with stakehold- ers. Two STF subcommittees were developed to work specifically on landfill reduction—one for the manu- facturing plant and the other for the office. Landfill team members sought out ideas on what wastes could be addressed or how to prevent items from becoming a waste. The teams developed project plans with task items, responsibilities and timelines for completion. They met regularly to review and continually improve the program. Robbie’s results from May through mid-December 2009 had been significant, keeping 167 tons from the landfill. Impastato added, “Robbie shows great top-down leadership and bottom-up enthusiasm and support. This is another good example of a project which any printing operation can do and should do.” “Sustainable productivity and environmental development is alive and kicking in our industry. It is very exciting to see companies actively engaging in ways to get better, be more profitable and competitive, and do so with techniques that improve social, environmental and employee experiences,” said judge Shane Lauterbach of Lauterbach Group. For more information about the FTA Environmental Excel- lence Award competition, contact Doreen M. Monteleone at email@example.com or 631-737-6020 ext. 30. n Francis Poirier Jr., vice president operations, Specialty Printing (left), accepts the FTA Environmental Excellence Award from Doreen m. monteleone at the 2010 NEHS Conference. FLX_May10_sec6.indd 148 4/17/10 10:46 PM