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FLEXO Magazine : August 2011
www.flexography.org august 2011 FLEXO 25 Harper has devoted an entire division to help flexographic printers and converters achieve unprecedented levels of consistency, quality and profitability. Using our exclusive SHarper SystemTM we eliminate variables that impact quality and increase predictability of press results. Call 800-438-3111 for a free copy. Smart. To learn more, call 704.588.3371 or Toll Free at 800.438 .3111 Or visit our website. Graphicsolutions DiVision harpE riM a GE.coM Americas • Europe • Asia ©2011 be applied. This process can create a full set of sleeves that will have no tape or distortion variation and have the most precise register available. It will elimi- nate the human factor in plate mounting and greatly reduce the downtime related to the makeready process. The consis- tent nature of the photopolymer directly applied will lead to fewer variations in tonal ranges and overall improved print performance and quality. ANILOX SLEEVES One of the biggest impacts to our pro- cess improvement and Lean initiatives is the introduction of anilox sleeves. This has allowed our color management pro- cess to really grab hold. As converters all over the world continue to streamline their operations and standardize their inventories they are enjoying tremen- dous gains in production, quality and product consistency. With anilox inventory standardization practices in place we will have fewer targets for the ink room to hit creating less downtime to match color on press. Many converters have reduced their in- ventories to only five different combina- tions of CPI/BCM. For example, a typical inventory could consist of: • 200 8.0 for whites/coatings. • 400 6.0 for heavy spot colors. • 600 4.0 for spot colors and text. • 800 3.0 for combination and vi- gnettes. • 1000 2.0 for process work. Standardizing in this fashion will create a very uniformed inventory and will allow the ink room to proof inks to only five set volumes. When work is sent to the press, there will be specific rollers to use for each graphic require- ment. Anilox sleeves can be very easily exchanged to meet that requirement. This will eliminate the need to match an ink to an anilox because we don’t have the right one, or we don’t want to take the time to change it. Your color two technologies—the anilox roll and its counterpart the anilox sleeve.