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FLEXO Magazine : February 2011
18 Printers and process improvements: that’s the subject at the core of this issue and nearly every story in it. From virtual training programs to operator, implementation specialist and plant certification; to FFTA’s Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition; to in-plant automation and wireless or mobile plant management; new controls, tracking systems and optimized practices are bolstering productivity. At FLEXSTAR Packaging, Richmond, BC, Canada, process improvements, capital upgrades and customer service nuances are combining to deliver significant value. february 2011 VOLUME 36, NO. 2 In This Issue FLEXO® Magazine (ISSN-1051-7324) is published monthly by the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association. Address all correspondence to FLEXO® Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212. Telephone: 631-737-6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright ©2011. All rights reserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 U.S ./$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 U.S ./$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 U.S ./$170 foreign. Single copies: $7 U.S./$10 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXO® Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXO® Magazine is the official journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance flexographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXO® Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA. FTA HeAdquArTers & FLeXO ediTOriAL, AdverTising, subscriber services 900 Marconi Avenue Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PubLisHer robert Moran, ext. 17 firstname.lastname@example.org ediTOr christian r. bonawandt, ext. 31 email@example.com direcTOr OF business deveLOPMenT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 firstname.lastname@example.org educATiOn direcTOr Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 email@example.com grAPHic/Web designer Katie dubois firstname.lastname@example.org 34 fTa TODay 4 Publisher’s Ink 6 association News 8 Virtual Training at best Label Management deems FIRST Certification training through TEST’s Virtual Campus invaluable and informative. 13 ffTa forum: So Much to Learn... Mark Coffman, program chair, rates FFTA’s Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition “ Historically Outstanding. ” Topics are pertinent. Printers need to participate. 48 Interflex Group: Certification Drives Process Improvement Duane Woolbright Building skills and enhancing competitiveness are celebrated at this Wilkesboro, NC, printer, where FIRST Press Operator, Implementation Specialist and Plant Certification serve as the foundation for professional development. PLaNTS & PrOCeSSeS 18 Technology Driven Robert Moran FLEXSTAR Packaging, Richmond, BC, Canada; is an ever-evolving plant. It’s focused on capital improvement and displays a passion for customer service. TeCHNOLOGIeS & TeCHNIQueS 32 Precision Velocity Control Tom England Even application of coatings and laminations is critical to a successful print outcome. In this, the latest installment to FLEXO’s Troubleshooting Guide, the subject is: how-to overcome motor, feedback and drive imperfections that can result in ripple. 34 In-Plant automation—from MIS to erP David Taylor “Print Floor Management at Your Fingertips—How to Analyze, Leverage and Interpret Data to Your Plant’s Advantage” —here is a walk through the various modules or stages of a true in- plant interface. 38 Converting’s Cloud Tim Daisy Vital data and its delivery can be acquired and managed, virtually, from almost anywhere. Dubbed mobileMIS, this article offers a look at wireless print/ plant/production management. 42 Plate Processing: Digital & Inline Ian Hole Optimized flexo platemaking processes deliver excellent reproduction and exceptional quality. UV LEDs are now helping to enhance speed, efficiencies and other benefits of the digital process. Entirely different halftone dot profiles can be formed. FLiP THis issue FOr A cOMPLeTe FFTA FOruM 2011 brOcHure! ® USA Register today to attend the exhibition and conference and book your hotel April 6-8, 2011 OCCC • Orlando • Florida www.ice-x-usa.com 200+ exhibitors Running machinery Comprehensive 3-day conference Pre-show flexible packaging conference and technical seminars Industry meeting point MUST ATTEND EVENT 200+ exhibitors North America’s new dedicated paper, film, foil converting show Pictu r es : ICEEu r ope / ICEAsia See you there! visitor_204x277_en_22.indd 1 15.12.2010 9:35:15 Uhr FTA HeAdquArTers & FLeXO ediTOriAL, AdverTising, subscriber services 900 Marconi Avenue Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PubLisHer robert Moran, ext. 17 email@example.com direcTOr OF business deveLOPMenT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 firstname.lastname@example.org educATiOn direcTOr Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 email@example.com grAPHic/Web designer Katie dubois firstname.lastname@example.org forum 2 011 Special OfferS • Register by March 4 and receive $200 off your registration. • “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” on Full Forum registrations for Printers/Converters and CPC’s. 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