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FLEXO Magazine : August 2010
Technologies & Techniques McCormick Place, Chicago Oct31-Nov3 The economy’s looking brighter. Now’s the perfect time to step up to the biggest industry event in the Americas. Co-located with We’re bouncing back from a tough economy. And the converting and package printing industry’s biggest event in 2010 will again be doing what it does best – helping you build your business. CPP EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO, is the one industry resource that gives you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with your customers and your suppliers. At one time. And in one place. Your customers will be there in force. Make sure you’re there to keep them up to date. And provide them with the quality of technology and service they’re counting on you for. Reserve your prime booth space today! For more information on exhibiting, contact Leo Nadolske at CPP EXPO 201.881.1632 Email: email@example.com Visit CPPEXPO.com CPP EXPO is produced and managed by HA BRUNO LLC. 5,566 Attendees came specifically to see CPP EXPO and its suppliers 44,115 attended PACK EXPO 5,427 Attendees expressed interest in these printing processes • Flexographic – 1,651 • Gravure – 738 • Offset – 924 • Digital – 1103 • Inkjet – 1011 Products of Interest to Attendees Printing Presses & Components Coating & Laminating Slitting/Rewinding Instruments/Guides/Controls Other Finishing Equipment 25% 19% 14% 16% 29% CPP Chicago Ad Board Flexo 11/16/09 4:22 PM Page 1 A&V and 3M... an unbeatable combination for superior plate mounting. theDiff erence! Experience T: 866.282.7697 • F: 800.223.6869 AndersonVreeland.com • info@AndVre.com For superior plate mounting, find exactly what you need in the ever-widening line of 3M Cushion-MountTM Plus flexographic plate mounting tapes. Choose from a wide selection of adhesive formulations, foam densities and tape thicknesses for your specific applications. Best of all, 3M Cushion-MountTM Plus is brought to you by Anderson & Vreeland. We’re the largest distributor of 3M flexo products with almost 50 years of flexo experience. 3M quality and A&V experience. That’s a hard combination to beat. Contact Anderson & Vreeland for samples, pricing and more information. See us at Labelexpo Americas booth 929 AV_9579_3M_ad.indd 1 7/13/10 7:06:27 AM energy-related flow control. This analysis may also point to the ability to use controlled energy infeed and recovery. In order to determine the true efficiency of any drive system, it is necessary to demonstrate the amount of energy required by its power components and a corresponding examination of how the system uses energy. How different drive concepts used on the same system under identical power load must also be considered. This latter exercise might look into partial load efficiencies with various motor and drive combinations, straight comparisons betweens synchronous servo versus asynchronous induction motors or direct drive versus motor/ gearbox combinations, drives with braking components vs. regenerative drive technology, as well as solutions with single versus multi-drive, common DC bus solutions. A corollary to this discussion should also include a review of potential hydraulic/pneumatic component changeouts in certain applications, where replacement with an integrated package of motion control and PLC technology might better resolve closed loop pressure control of axes, for example. Fewer components and their related power consumption can lead to overall system productivity improvements, as well as ongoing enhanced energy efficiencies. Reduced program- ming, diagnostic and commissioning times can also flow from such an approach, providing even more opportunities for overall machine or process improvements. Tracking the energy efficiency of such a system may seem problematic at first, but here again, today ’s sophisticated mechatronic and virtual production protocols can be utilized to validate the real-world performance characteristics of such designs, far in advance of their implementation. As the emergence of new technologies has impacted many of the products used in energy-efficient systems, it is equally important to take a more holistic look at operational se- quences and the overall integration scheme when designing, retrofitting or rebuilding for improved energy utilization. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael Perlman is the marketing programs manager for the Motion Control business of Siemens Industry Inc. In this role, he oversees the technical marketing for products including SINAMICS intelligent drives and SIMO- TION motion controllers. Perlman has more than 20 years of experience in plant and corporate automa- tion engineering at a number of Fortune 100 manufacturers including Kraft Foods, General Mills and Masterfoods (Mars). He received a Bachelors of Electrical Engineer- ing from the Georgia Institute of Technol- ogy and an MBA from SUNY Buffalo. www.flexography.org august 2010 FLeXO 63 August2010_mech.indd 63 8/13/10 9:19 AM
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