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FLEXO Magazine : November 2010
Plants & Processes out the run we monitor our densities, dot gain and color and ensure that we are within tolerance, and it’s all documented.” Straten also helped simplify the process variables, by further narrowing ink suppliers to primarily just one (BCM Inks). This helps with communication, freight, training and inventory. “ You also do not want multiple process ink sets, it gets confusing. You want one set that you have fingerprinted and profiled, which you can use to dial in,” he says. In addi- tion, the company now runs three basic types of board stock. “Most of the higher end work is done on coated paper. We use a double clay coated bright white paper that is very con- sistent, and very controlled. We also use Kraft and what we call oyster, which is a non-coated white-top.” Going forward, according to Straten, Advance Packaging will continue to train its entire production staff across all shifts. “It’s very important for someone printing ‘This Side Up,’ to print that well and for that carton to be converted well, as it is for someone to print six or seven colors very well. Everything going out our door needs to be done well if you want to be considered a ‘graphics company.’” T hat mentality has to exist throughout the entire corporation. Oursler claims getting to where the company is now has required quite a culture change. “ We had more to learn about running graphics than we had ever imagined,” he says. This, combined with some internal ingenuity, has really increased the firm’s capabilities. “ We can now run E-flute board, which you need to do to run good graphics. And now we’ve configured the corrugator to run BE-double wall. This puts the E-flute on the outside for printing, but let’s us use B-flute for structure. ” Green AdvAnce The decision to get into high-end graphics offered a unique opportunity for Advance Packaging to not just reinvent its busi- ness, but also to reinvent its environmental policy. According to Oursler, the old plant had been growing quite inefficient. “ You know how it goes: You start out and add some equipment here this 110in. BHs corrugator produces e, B , c flute and eB and cB double wall. examples of high-end work recently produced by advance Packaging. the bottom two samples are constructed from Be-flute. www.flexography.org novemBer 2010 FLEXO 65 FLX_Nov10_mech.indd 65 11/1/10 2:26 PM
Sustainable Fall 2010