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FLEXO Magazine : October 2011
FTA TODAY Excellence & Innovation Award-Winning Printer, Press & Prepress System Put to the Test By Robert Moran Job # 100114. The ticket reads 1108 FLEXO Cover. Pa- rameters state, “4/4 with cold foil adhesive and tactile varnish.” At Publishers Printing Co. , Shepherdsville, KY, the work order does not scream out, “This is no ordinary flexo job!” Instead, it specifies arrival on Sept. 16 and sets Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 as the run date. Quantiy is 17,000 sheeted pieces. Dimension for each sheet: 19-in. long X 12.5 -in. wide. Details of the complexity of the work at hand, laid out far earlier, are now clearly understood by all. Given the activity in the pressroom, even before 8:00 am—specifically the number of visitors turning out—it is apparent that the whole industry is watching, and with good reason too. This relatively new flexo establishment, with just under one year’s label and packaging printing experience, faces the charge of orchestrating a live demonstration of cutting-edge flexo technology. The expectation: quality, consistent, repeat- SPECTACULAR RESULTS IN A SINGLE SHIFT • FLEXO’s cover project amounts to a demonstration of award-winning technologies and award-winning execution on the production floor. • It showcases capabilities of the 2011 Narrow Web Best of Show printer, as well as the two Flexographic Technical Association 2011 Technical Innovation Award winners. • The theme for the job, “Color in Focus,” is shared by FTA’s 2011 Fall Conference. • Special effects on the 17,000 sheeted pieces—em- bossing, cold foiling, tactile varnishing. • Our industry’s expectation: quality, consistent, print; plus minimal waste, quick setup and state-of-the-art operating efficiencies. 50 FLEXO OcTOBeR 2011 www.flexography.org FAll cOnfeRence EDiTiOn cover on press. Monitoring the job on press.