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FLEXO Magazine : August 2011
www.flexography.org august 2011 FLEXO 85 • We design & build every machine to order. • Our patented frequency sweep technology allows longer cleaning times if required, eliminating the need for more caustic solutions. • Our technology will clean all line counts and guaran- tees deep cleaning of every cell, safely & efficiently. • All machines are fully automated with factory preset cleaning parameters, making it simple for any opera- tor with the push of a single button. • Over 21 years of providing cleaning solutions & equip- ment to every print market around the world. • Our non-VOC non-HAP bio-degradable cleaning solu- tions are safe for the environment, product & operator. • Ultrasonic cleaning is the most effective, least labor intensive technology available for cleaning of your aniloxrolls, sleeves, plates & other machine compo- nents. • For more information give us a call at: CaresoniC Usa The best in Ultrasonic technology. The Granddaddy of them all. TheFlexoFactor • 704-962-5404 • email@example.com • www.theflexofactor.com Innovative Solutions for Today’s Flexographer Authorized North America Distributor • A division of SJW ASSOCIATES LLC 2814 Yorkview Court, Charlotte, NC 28270 programmable auto-wash up systems (see photos). These devices, along with other new features targeted to minimizing set-up waste have been developed. Together, they ’ve dramati- cally cut waste to a fraction of what it used to be and shifted the cost curve downward. Integration with automatic registra- tion and impression control makes for quick and easy—near effortless some say—job changes. This allows the operator to more fully concentrate on print quality. Better integration with optional OEM components, such as cameras, viscosity control systems, etc., has also increased efficiency through improved ergonomics and less floor space clutter. Operators do much more mental work than physical work these days, since automation has removed much of the need for mechanical items on job changes--gears, etc. Much of the interface is graphical, intuitive and easy to learn quickly. For example: auto-wash systems do much of the work at the push of a button. A lot of the manual labor has been minimized with the use of advanced electronics. EASY FIXES Many modern presses feature maintenance pages on the touch screen that alert the operator to: check an end seal, change a doctor blade or inspect and possibly change a filter. With these alarms, operators can then investigate the source of the message generated and decide whether further action is needed. Sometimes, the operator will call maintenance to perform routine checks or repairs, while in other situations, the crew member will check the issue his or herself. If a new part is needed to replace a worn part, the operator can simply inspect and confirm the press alert and take ap- propriate action. This makes the job of maintaining a modern press much easier. Today ’s tech-savvy workers expect a high degree of automation and ease of operation, which the latest press technology can give them. However, there is also a degree of judgement and common sense that must be applied to any situation, based on the operator ’s experience. For example, less experienced operators would do well to pay attention to every alert and learn the processes and pro- cedures behind remedying the fault. This will be an excellent training exercise and a great learning opportunity. As operators learn and grow, they are apt to forestall some alerts, based on their past experience. For example, they may choose to try to get some more jobs out of a set of doctor blades, even though the maintenance page calls for replace- ment. While this is a judgement call, it is often based on past successful experience. The caveat here, of course, is to not run things close to the edge. Many shops tend to “run ‘er ‘til she quits”, at which time, they have an “emergency ” situation, which could simply have been avoided by more judicious attention to mainte-