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FLEXO Magazine : September 2010
Plants & Processes tives using an OLEC single-point light source and an in-line processor.” He asserted that the wait was very deliberate. “ We converted because digital thermal technology had finally developed to what we felt it should be. ” This year, however, TLC made an unusual move—it re- introduced solvent processing into its platemaking opera- tions. “ T he quality and predictability of digital solvent plates is equal or superior to our thermally-processed plates,” said Jones. “ The only concern we had was processing time. But our new solvent system requires half the processing time as the one we used in 2005.” TLC has partnered with Anderson & Vreeland, who pro- vides solvent management services that alleviate all of the headaches normally associated with solvent platemaking. “Logistically, A&V has made the process easy with their recy- cling program and timely deliveries of plate material,” said Jones. “ Their costs were very attractive when compared to thermal plate material and we’ve seen significant savings by using their solution, which has allowed us to remain competi- tive in the marketplace.” “ We value this opportunity to be a strategic vendor partner with TLC, and help them improve productivity to better service their customers,” noted Darin Lyon, vice president and gen- eral manager of Anderson & Vreeland. It is exactly this refusal to compromise that has and will continue to ensure success for The Label Company. “ With our strong marketing and robust manufacturing capabilities, the future is looking bright for TLC,” said Jones. n tlc’s Doug Wolford and Jose casian produce a job at the santa ana, ca facility. tlc now has second location in new Jersey, allowing it to serve customers from coast to coast. 42 FLEXO september 2010 www.flexography.org FLX_Sept2010_mech.indd 42 8/31/10 5:41 PM