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FLEXO Magazine : June 2011
FTA TODAY Speaking similarly, and directly to education and experience, Shireen Chamany, Lean plant champion at Hallmark Cards, Lawrence, KS, ex- plains, “Stabilization is key to realizing long-lasting results. Communication is crucial. Training in the classroom alone will not reap benefits. Adult learning concepts—learn, do, act—need to be utilized. ” Chamany reports that Lean trans- formation at Hallmark occurs at three levels—management infrastructure; operating system; and mindsets, capa- bilities and behaviors. Overall process efficiencies and equipment effective- ness come into play. The approach is to begin by developing baseline metrics and then proceed to create standard work, track performance and refine and sustain improvements, she says. On the RecORd Measurable improvements attribut- able to Lean thinking, principles and practices extend far beyond profit and loss statements, according to a three- member panel of printing industry executives. Irv Robinson, president and CEO of FTA member Robbie Fantastic Flexibles, Lenexa, KS; Michael Murphy, president, Japs-Olson, St. Louis Park, MN; and Michael Keene, president, The John Roberts Co. , Minneapolis, MN, and 111th chairman of PIA, spoke freely of re- sults and went on record with their firm’s respective Lean accomplishments. Robinson says that CI programs were finalized over six years at Robbie, and to this day, the company focuses on enhancing customer experience, increasing capacity, reducing cost and expanding the number of customers served. He calls the program a “sus- tainable quality initiative” and points out that set-up times initially were reduced by 40 percent, then by 70 percent, three years later. Similarly, converting uptime has improved 20 percent while the amount of landfill waste generated dropped 600,000 pounds over the last two years. Robbie is now a SGP Certi- fied Green Printer. Murphy discusses Japs-Olson’s shift to Lean. “ T he economy and business conditions pushed us to it. We adopted 5 S strategies [sorting or prioritizing, setting in order or systematic arrange- ment, shining or sustaining, standard- izing and self-discipline]. It’s critical to profit growth, survival and CI. Lean initiatives go to bottom line. ” Keene looks for practical ideas and beneficial processes that can be applied in a printing environment. He says that the John Roberts Co. pursues operational excellence and presses for sustainable quality and enhanced value of print. Over 40 years of experience in the flexographic industry, design and production of the highest quality systems. innovation is the key to our success. COMPUTER CONTROLLED VISCOSITY CONTROL SYSTEM IN THE ROUND SLEEVEMAKING SYSTEMS IN THE ROUND SLEEVEMAKING Head Office AV Flexologic B.V. H. K . Onnesweg 2 P.O. Box 252 NL-2400 AG Alphen aan den Rijn The Netherlands Tel +31 (0)172 434221 Fax +31 (0)172 437919 Mail email@example.com Toll Free number from the UK 0800-3892121 (only accessible in the UK) PHOTOPOLYMER PLATEMAKING EQUIPMENT FULLY AUTOMATIC MOUNTING MACHINE for flexo printing plates (for the flexible packaging and corrugated industry) Advanced MOUNTING & PROOFING EQUIPMENT (for the flexible packaging, corrugated and label industry) www.flexologic.nl PRE-PRESS EQUIPMENT FROM MODEST SYSTEMS TO THE MOST ADVANCED HIGH-TECH SOLUTIONS www.flexography.org June 2011 FLEXO 37
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