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FLEXO Magazine : August 2010
asahikasei_flexo_out_kd.pdf 1 4/10/10 12:03 AM 8 FLEXO august 2010 www.flexography.org FTA TODaY Judgment Calls: 2 Essential Guides... Put your equipment to work for you! Now there is some sound advice. The rationale: Modern technology breeds competitive advantages. In these days of smarter presses, educated operators, cost-conscious customers and plant management that is focused on continuous improvement; the strategy is becoming increasingly prevalent. Things, it seems, just get better and better all the time. Some credit automation; others Lean Manufacturing; still others waste-reduction requirements and carbon footprint measurements—or in other words, economics and the environment. Always keeping variables in mind, they are out to make our process more rou- tine, consistent and reliable. The two-part mantra: “Eliminate human intervention; sustain the savings!” Through actions, communications and strategic partnerships, today ’s flexographic printers/converters and their suppliers are orchestrating criti- cal press upgrades and thereby revolutionizing setup and changeover times. SimpliCity = SavinGS We report on it every month. Minutes saved in setup translate into longer and longer running or uptimes and contribute significantly to building both better profits and formidable bottom lines. Discussions on FLEXO’s pages, particularly this year ’s and last year’s August Press Buyer’s Guide, revolve around efficient presses, direct drive and regenerative technologies, pre-register and impression-setting systems. As you’ll see from the offerings beginning on page 31, we’re now talking about cen- tral impression drums that simplify maintenance and changeover, which in effect, creates savings. Common wide web features are transcending into narrow web machinery with savings and productivity being the beneficiaries of their impact. Speculation is beginning and many conversations are humming about the ar- rival or pending debut of a true hands-free press. Some believe features that were once the realm of high-end multi-million dollar machines, are beginning to carve out a niche in opening price point models. Fewer couplings, belts and gears have led to a chant of “no replacement parts,” in pressrooms across North America. Maintenance requirements are being reduced; uptime expanded. All thanks to the modern-day press. CritiCal ComponEntS From presses, we move to an in-depth analysis of the anilox roll and doctor blade. In assembling FLEXO’s first-ever Anilox Roll and Doctor Blade Selection Guide (page 86), Steve Wilkinson, effectively and accurately observes that no blade or anilox will suit every application or requirement. Of paramount concern to printers is surface material and angle of interface. Anilox options include: ceramic, steel, chrome-plated or laser-engraved. Perfor- mance factors to consider are: cell volume, screen or line count and score resis- tance. Lifespan and wear remain an issue. On the doctor blade end of this pairing, astute printers need to make a judgment call on square versus beveled, lamella or rounded tips; plus they must opt for carbon, steel, composite, alloy, plastic, polyester or mylar surfaces. Based on wear and score resistance attributes, as well as thick- ness, blade profiles can be constructed, assigned to specific work and redeployed when and where necessary. You might find that redeployment strategy can be applied to FLEXO’s August 2010 edition as well. With both a Press Buyers’ Guide and Anilox Roll and Doctor Blade Selection Guide, folded into a mere 110 pages; the decision to keep it, and the charts and specifications it contains, at ready reference, might prove to be a no brainer. We’re confident that you’ll find it offers clear and concise advice that place your plant at a competitive advantage. pubLishEr’s ink BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Roxanne Baker, Cryovac Sealed Air Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, PCMC Greg Collins, C -P Flexible Packaging Gar y Hilliard, Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE FOUNDATION OF FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Roxanne Baker, Cryovac Sealed Air Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, PCMC Greg Collins, C -P Flexible Packaging Gar y Hilliard, Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino EDITORIAL ADvISORy COmmITTEE Richard Cervarich, DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys, Staples Print Solutions John Meyer Dave Nunez, International Paper John Paine, C -P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd. 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