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FLEXO Magazine : August 2010
Plants & Processes Installing and Maximizing Productivity From Your new Wide Web Press By Greg collins and Michael reinhardt The order’s been cut. Manufacturing is underway. Deliv- ery is scheduled and the arrival of your new press now appears to be a certainty. You take a deep sigh of relief to have made it through the purchasing negotiations, but your work is far from done. In fact, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and delve into the nitty gritty details of preparing for the ar- rival of your new press. Engineering, installation, delivery, acceptance and activa- tion of this complex piece of machinery that will become the heart of your business comprise an enormous project that requires meticulous preparation. All too often one of these areas is neglected or overlooked and results in costly delays of press start-up and production. The goal is to be perfectly prepared in order to successfully get the press up and run- ning efficiently, as quickly as possible, so you can start filling orders for your customers. With that said, the importance of thorough planning and preparation cannot be overstated. • Ready the facility • Select ancillary equipment • Train employees • Characterize and conduct acceptance testing It is important to consider the amount of time needed to train employees on a new press and incorporating that into installation preparations. all ar t courtesy c-P Flexible Packaging. 40 FLEXO auGust 2010 www.flexography.org August2010_mech.indd 40 8/13/10 7:45 AM
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