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FLEXO Magazine : June 2011
FTA TODAY It is possible to place the ink pan into single-step pan holders, drop the anilox and doctor blade into a pre-set location, and, with one fluid, swinging motion, close all components and lock them in place—all in less than 20 seconds. • Drop-and-lock print cylinder. The synchronized pneu- matic design allows self-locating reference end-discs to lock into place with the touch of one button. Impression sets automatically. • Simple controls. The Series’ servo technology consists of an intuitive registration system and uses exclusive algorithms. It incorporates scientific and mathematical programming to manage print registration precisely and it electronically controls and stores every job. • Open architecture and drastically reduced web path. The wide-open architecture and easy-access to webbing combine to reduce setup and changeover speeds by 50 to 70 percent. Reducing the web paths for UV printing also drastically cuts the amount of material or substrate in the press, which means less waste bound for landfills. Meeting Lean Objectives According to Sullivan, the Performance Series is unique in several ways. “ T his is the first in-line press manufactured that can achieve this level of setup and changeover efficiencies with drastic waste reduction,” she says. “ T he Performance Series machine is the only in-line technology achieving Lean objectives worldwide.” She adds that the machine can print with just 6 oz. of ink, requires less than 20 seconds to set up and generates only 20 feet of waste or less in job setups and changeovers. Sullivan adds that Series technology at one converter slashed setup time by 60 percent, cut material waste by 50 percent and boosted the profit margin 10 percent, or roughly $240,000 per year. “Lean improvements are being delivered. Higher output is being achieved with less labor and fewer machines to sup- port,” she says, noting that return on investment is forecast at less than 24 months. Printers & PerfOrMance Publishers Printing Co. of Shepherdsville, KY, a traditional offset publications printer and one of FTA’s newest members, has now turned to flexo—and the Performance Series P7 press. “In 2009, due to a downturn in publication printing, Publishers Printing began a strategic initiative to diversify its business by entering into new, previously unchartered mar- kets,” says Mike Simon, vice president. “A fter much research, we discovered growth opportunities in the label and packag- ing industry and began the search for a new flexo press, our first flexo press.” According to Simon, the P7’s allure is its versatility. “It was important for us to invest in the latest technology to drive productivity, flexibility and quality. The P7’s smart print deck design, coupled with sophisticated registration control and web management allows us to maximize its performance,” he says. “ The simplicity of the print station components, open Pre-register helps to ensure consistent quality. All art courtesy Mark Andy. New inking systems allow the operator to load key components and simply lock them into place, simplifying the inking process significantly. www.flexography.org JuNe 2011 FLEXO 29
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