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FLEXO Magazine : June 2011
FTA TODAY architecture and automated features have allowed our press- men—offset operators—to easily adapt to a whole new print workflow. Since installation, we have tested the P7’s abilities and continue to find it quite impressive in all aspects. ” Expanding on that comment, Art Yerecic, president of Yerecic Label in New Kensington, PA, says, “Automatic print setting and registration capabilities are extraordinary. It is not uncommon for us to run 6 to 8 jobs in one shift and achieve a waste percentage of 8 percent or lower per job. This has a direct impact on our bottom line and helps us reduce our impact on the environment. “In one on site demo, we changed all seven colors and within 4.5 minutes and 275 feet of stock, we were printing perfectly registered labels. Needless to say, our customer was very impressed,” he adds. “ T he P7 continues to exceed our throughput expectations. During our busy season, it really carried its share of the workload and more, allowing us to achieve record annual sales while maintaining high service levels, without adding to our headcount.” Richard Shaeib, CEO/president of Whitman Label, Co. in Center Line, MI, is quick to attest to a similar scenario. “ With the faster setup times, the wide open architecture and very short web paths, we are seeing our setup waste decline from 1,000 feet down to 200 feet of material on some very tension-sensitive jobs with extremely tight registration,” he says. “Results like this will have an incredible impact on our job costs and profitability. Additionally, reducing our waste at these levels will fulfill our goal to be a sustainably conscious printing/converting company. ” He notes the speed of job setup and changeover. “Hours have literally turned into minutes. Jobs that took over 2 hours on older equipment are now taking less than 5 minutes to set up. These results have the potential to add tons of work to just one machine, increasing the return on capital and decreas- ing our entire plant’s overhead. ” n Table II: SeTup TIme comparISon for a STandard four-color job Conventional Press Technology New Press Technology Time per print station Time to complete Time per station Time to complete Set impression: Stations No.1 -No.4 02:35 (x4) 10:20 00:31 02:04 Set registration: Stations No.2 -No.4 00:60 (x3) 03:00 00:25 01:15 Total Setup Time 13:20 03:19 Table I: SeTup TIme comparISon for a SIngle prInT STaTIon Load ink pan and meter roll Load anilox roll Load doctor blade Set all ink adjustments (doctor blade, anilox to plate, meter roll to anilox) Load plate cylinder and set rough impression adjustment position Set fine impression Total Conventional Press Technology Time Per Step 00:23 00:18 00:15 00:31 00:43 00:25 02:35 Accumulate Time 00:23 00:41 00:56 01:27 02:10 02:35 New Press Technology Time Per Step 00:06 00:05 00:05 00:03 00:06 00:06 00:31 Accumulated Time 00:06 00:11 00:16 00:19 00:25 00:31 Plate cylinder on an advanced press. 30 FLEXO June 2011 www.flexography.org Excellence in Flexography Awards dEAdlinE: dEcEmbEr 2, 2011 Graphic design Awards dEAdlinE: dEcEmbEr 2, 2011 Technical innovation Award dEAdlinE: JAnuAry 2012 Environmental Excellence Awards dEAdlinE: dEcEmbEr 31, 2011 If you are interested in becoming a judge in these prestigious awards competitions, please send an email to Shelley Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org Join the Ranks of the tRuly accomplished FTA’s 2012 AwArds compETiTions
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