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FLEXO Magazine : October 2010
Technologies & Techniques Duplicates can be consolidated with search technologies, thus simplifying paperwork and job preparation. Such a system allows the brand owner to approve a color and then know that all supply chain partners are all using the correct information. The ultimate goal of a centralized database is to provide the brand owner with peace of mind that the color information is being communicated correctly from design to finished product. In addition, ink savings are typically realized because fewer colors need to be maintained and there is less chance of the wrong ones making it to press with the entire supply chain looking at the same information. n ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jim Raffel is the CEO at ColorMetrix Technologies LLC, a company he co-founded in 1996. He earned a B.S. degree in Printing Management at Roches- ter Institute of Technology in 1986. After graduation, Raffel worked as a quality control manager assisting in the start-up of two eight- and nine-unit web presses. He then engaged in two years of independent consulting while developing an early version of the ColorMetrix software. During this same period, Raffel earned an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in 1994. He now manages ColorMetrix Tech- nologies, LLC, as well as sharing his thoughts about living a real, authentic and sustainable life at JimRaffel.com. www.flexography.org october 2010 FLeXO 31 Less Bulk theDi fference! Experience We’ve assembled the finest plate processing equipment for tag and label printers looking to create or update a prepress department, like the ESKO 1712 flexo plate and film imager. The ESKO 1712 is a small footprint, cost-effective imager that is feature rich. The 1712 images up to A3 size (16.5" x 11.8") and .12" thick in 9 minutes and 30 seconds (customers report a 20% cost reduction in plate processing). The AVflex 8000 is also designed for limited space and offers everything you need to process eco-friendly, solvent-wash plates up to 12"x 18". This multi-function system includes a 2-brush rotary washout unit, exposure section, oven and plate finisher. A&V complements these systems with printing plate materials from industry leaders that include Flint Group and Toyobo, and provides support and a level of service second-to-none. Put our 50 years of flexo experience to work for you. A narrow web prepress department with... MORE BRAWN Toll-free: 866.282.7697 Fax: 800.223.6869 www.AndVre.com | info@AndVre.com AV_9588_Esko_AVflex.indd 1 9/8/10 7:28:31 AM FLX_Oct10_mech.indd 31 10/15/10 12:31 AM
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