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FLEXO Magazine : January 2011
“ The problem is not eliminating waste, it’s identifying it. ” – Lean mastermind, Taichi Ohno 5 SESSIONS Monday, May 2 8:00AM - 10:00AM Operational Excellence through Lean Thinking & Applications Session Chair: Ken Rizzo, Printing Industries of America Operational Excellence is when the printer’s system of accumulated production processes (pre-production, pre-printing, printing, and post-printing), are meeting design and intent, thereby running “on all cylinders.” To achieve Operational Excellence, printers must apply a focused methodology based on the Japanese automotive industry’s Lean manufacturing model. The aim of Lean manufacturing is the systematic identification and elimination of all forms of waste and non value-added activities. Learn how methodically applying Lean principles brings victory on the war on waste and leads to first-rate production practices, standardized methods, and optimized processes. This session will showcase Lean thinking and applications as key components in Operational Excellence. 10:30AM - 12:30PM FQC (Flexo Quality Consortium) Session Chairs: Paul Lodewyck, Flint Group & Jean Engelke, Eastman Kodak Company The Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC), acting as a select standing committee of the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), aims to provide the membership with a better understanding of the factors controlling the quality of the flexographic printing process. FQC projects investigate selected process variables in order to further develop reproducible process concepts that will allow for measurable advancements in flexographic printing technology. In this session, individual project teams will present their findings and answer questions. This is your chance to interact directly with those who are working to provide the data basis for new industry guidelines and standards. Topics such as G7TM, anilox measurement and plate technology will be included.
Sustainable Winter 2011