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FLEXO Magazine : March 2011
6 Flat Top Dots: A New, Innovative Solution The technology described in this presentation uses high output UV technology to generate a unique dot shape, known as flat top dots, to provide benefits including optimized surface textures to greatly improve ink lay down and solid ink densities. Compared to competitive systems, this system does not involve the use of inert gases or require expensive consumables. In addition, there are no steps added to the standard digital plate workflow (such as film or negative film lamination). Rich Emmerling, Flint Group Printing Plates Are Round Image Carriers Finally Here? This presentation will cover the history of ‘round’ image carriers in North America, as well as the types of imaging and processing workflows that are available. It will recap the benefits associated with the use of round image carriers and examine the workflow, supply and economic challenges that have hindered acceptance and the steps that are being taken to reduce those barriers. Finally, it will provide guidelines as to the type of work most suitable for round image carriers and provide a model to evaluate the economics. Ray Bodwell, DuPont Packaging Graphics Genetic Transfer Technology, Revolutionary Roll Surface for Natural Ink Management: Bye-Bye Anilox GTT is a reinvention of the anilox roll engineered by a whole new ceramic composition and surface geometry, empowering printers to their highest potential. Expanding the print range of a traditional anilox roll, it can allow you to slash your anilox inventory in half; print cleaner and denser, while reducing mottling, pinholing, haloing and dot gain, and potentially increase ink mileage; Run faster, reduce downtime, get you one step closer to standardization and significantly boost profitability. Aaron Lessing, Apex North America New High Density Bar Codes: It’s Not Just UPC Anymore With the advent of new types of bar codes and new uses of these bar codes, flexographic printers are faced with challenges that they have never had before. From GS1 Coupon codes to 2D Matrix symbols, these new bar codes are showing up in new places. It is imperative that flexo printers be aware of these new types of bar codes. This presentation serves as the perfect introduction to the prepress and on-press challenges these codes present. Glenn Spitz, Webscan, Inc. Monday, May 2 8:00AM - 10:00AM Operational Excellence through Lean Thinking & Applications Session Session Chairs: Jim Workman, Printing Industries of America & Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group 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. sessions Applying Lean Manufacturing in a Process Industry Company Lean is an improvement approach born in discrete manufacturing with an emphasis in eliminating waste and improving material flows with the goal of continuous flow. It is a systems approach to improvement that involves culture change for most enterprises. With limited resources, it may have to compete with other approaches. In this presentation, we describe how lean is compatible with other improvement methods and tools and can significantly and continuously improve any process. Cris Leyson, DuPont Packaging Graphics Lean Manufacturing: Cost Savings from Automation in the Plateroom The plate mounting department is home to many process steps each requiring a lot of craft-based manual work. Labor and plate wastage can be impressively reduced by simplifying the workflow through the use of clever digital tools such as: non-printing registration marks, ID of plate separations on each plate and cutting complex plate shapes to assist in the mounting process. Ian Hole, EskoArtwork New Flexo Technology Targets Lean Converting New flexo presses embrace the latest Lean principles. This presentation will review the keys to Lean and how to drive increased “value” to your customers, which results in improved efficiencies and increased profits. Keys to Lean Converting, specifically with press technology will be covered, including: eliminating waste; slashing cycle and/or lead times; increasing quality; and improving productivity. Mary Sullivan, Mark Andy, Inc. Leading in Lean Environment This topic will present a dialogue on “what is lean”, the importance of a vision and the cultural challenges associated with a lean transformation. There will also be a brief overview of PCMC’s lean/cultural transformation since 2004 and the sharing of our key learnings. Craig Compton, Paper Converting Machine Company 10:30AM - 12:30PM FQC (Flexo Quality Consortium) Session 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 Forum2011_brochureMarch.indd 6 3/15/11 6:35 PM