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FLEXO Magazine : March 2011
7 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 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. Standards Put into Practice - Ensuring Brand Equity through Communication Learn why we use standards in practical workflow for communication, for any process. See what is addressed by ISO standards for Brand Equity, and how to communicate through your supply chain. Discover how standards (communication tools) can accommodate everyone in the color supply chain and finally, hear from a Consumer Products Company how these tools fix their needs. Steve Smiley, Vertis Inc.; Margie Dehm, Sara Lee Corporation; and Sam Ingram, Clemson University Near Neutral Density Update The results of the G7 Near Neutral Density characterization data sets for Narrow Web will be presented. Several flexo sets were run with multiple inks on multiple presses on multiple substrates. The significance of the results to printers and print specifiers will be explained with assistance from Steve Smiley of Vertis, in addition to how the program can impact other platforms as well. Shawn Oetjen, Dunwoody College of Technology Reproducibility of Active Anilox Volume measurement methods Dan will overview the results of the gage R&R analysis of several different anilox volume measurement methods as well as the practical importance of the results. Tests were conducted by industry experts and students at Clemson University to determine reproducibility by various user skill levels. Results were statistically analyzed for significance. Daniel Reilly, Flint Group Flexo Printing with Ultra-Thin Plates (0.030”) Tests have been performed that compare 5 commercial plate hardnesses with 3 cushion tape moduli to offer clear recommendations to the printer converting to ultra-thin plates. In addition, micro-screening technology was tested with ultra-thin plate surfaces exposed traditionally and with advanced exposure (flat-top dot) methods to determine potential low solid ink density fixes. Results of these tests, a review of the economical how-to, and environmental impact of moving to ultra-thin plates in the press room will be presented. PJ Fronczkiewicz, Flint Group Flexographic Products Forum2011_brochureMarch.indd 7 3/15/11 6:35 PM