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FLEXO Magazine : April 2011
Technologies & Techniques of ± 1.0 ΔE. This ensures consistent product color from roll to roll and job to job. Print process management also guaran- tees that barcodes meet ANSI and ISO specifications. Continuous monitoring of 100 percent of the web shortens defect life, which can reduce waste as much as 50 percent. Au- tomatic register and impression setting typically generates six figure savings in time and material. Quality inspection systems can eliminate re-runs and credits for print defects, which also results in savings. Finally, the workflow solution on the rewinder linked to the press ensures that only 100% customer acceptable product is shipped. This will have an immediate, positive impact on customer satisfaction. Your investment should help you obtain new business from existing customers, and you will be able to use this leading edge technology as a selling point for obtaining new custom- ers, as well. THE FUTURE Print inspection systems have the potential to become the point around which other components on the press are linked to each other and to the press. Imagine inspection systems linked to viscosity controls, ink temperature and pH controls, anilox wear sensors and plate wear sensors, to name a few. Current inspection technology is driving improvements in press productivity, throughput and quality. Along the way, it is generating sizeable savings in time and materials and im- proving press “up” time. Converters who adopt the new print inspection technology will reduce waste, increase productiv- ity, satisfy their customers and beat their competition. n About the Author: John D. Thome is vice president of marketing for BST Pro Mark, a wholly owned subsidiary of BST International. He has been in the printing industry since 1984 and has been actively involved in web inspection technology since 1992. He has made presentations at Flexo- graphic Technical Association events, spoken about flexography in the U.S. , Latin America, Europe, India and Australia and authored articles that have appeared in more than 50 printing and converting trade magazines and been translated into 12 languages. www.flexography.org april 2011 FLeXO 23 UltraFlexTM –HD thinsleeve Xymid, LLC 5141 Craig Rath Blvd. Midlothian, VA 23112 804-744-5229 • fax 804-744-5331 www.flexoprintsleeves.com