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FLEXO Magazine : August 2011
www.flexography.org august 2011 FLEXO 67 Excellence in Flexography 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 In the past, flexo presses were relegated to only running line work or simple graphics in the folding carton market, especial- ly for longer run, commodity work. Now that flexo print quality can rival gravure and offset, this is bringing increased interest in mid web flexo press solutions in the folding carton market. Given that, the folding carton market is beset by similar problems to label or film, the modern in-line mid web process offers significant advantages. In addition to flexo being able to print high quality (high line screens, sharp details & smooth transitions to zero), flexo can deliver high-impact color with greater consistency. Combine those print advantages to a modern mid web press’s ability to changeover quickly, with low waste, as well as its capability to add-value anywhere in the press configuration (modular design) and incorporate low-cost platen die cutting in-line; and you have a production process that is much more productive and more profitable than a sheetfed process. The modern mid web press answers the need for short runs (versioning) that is so common in today ’s folding carton mar- ket. It allows folding carton manufacturers to improve their speed to market and ability to differentiate their customer’s product with unique value-added designs as well as improve their bottom-line. Mid web presses can produce both short- and long runs. They deploy simple, yet value-added produc- tion techniques. They changeover quickly and have very low waste and exceptional production consistency. Mid web presses (26-in. and 33-in.) also offer the web width and repeat range (from 12-in. to 32-in.) to better fit the carton size require- ments of the folding carton market, as compared to narrow web presses that have been tried in the past. In essence, mid web presses now offer folding carton converters the opportu- nity to greatly enhance their capabilities and profitability. That is what has caused narrow and wide web presses to grow so rapidly in the label and film markets. And that is what will cause the mid web press growth in the folding carton market. n About the Author: Steven Leibin is folding carton sales man- ager, for The Gallus Group, Philadelphia, PA . He grew up in a family business and has a hands-on mechanical background. After graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Computer Science, he became the general manager and sales manager at two different small companies. Leibin joined the converting industry in 2001 and quickly understood the growing need for new efficiencies in the printing and converting arena. He spent many years with Matik Inc. Steve lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children that keep him ever young and working.