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FLEXO Magazine : November 2011
Employees at Overnight Labels often begin work with the company by operating a rewinding machine, before graduating to larger tasks. or she has been operating presses his or her whole life. It’s this team-centric approach that helps achieve high levels of quality on roughly 40 runs per day. “We take people in raw, start with a blank slate, and train them our way. We have quite a few guys that are here more than 10 years. New people start out with rewinding, and if they show any aptitude then they move themselves along as maybe a plate mounter. They may develop a desire to run a press, so we move on to that. We couldn’t ask for a better staff. Everyone’s very intent on making sure customers get what they’re looking for. If the customer hasn’t sent in something he or she was supposed to, we follow up. Everybody ’s dedicated. Everybody ’s pulling together, nobody ’s got his or her own agenda. It works pretty well.” MAINTAINING EQUIPMENT Earl goes to great measures to ensure that the quality of his presses are never compromised. By frequently repairing and swapping out parts, he allows for his machines to seamlessly operate without problems. This careful attention to detail has helped this company thrive. Meticulous practices put in place by Overnight’s production team have assured quality will not be compromised. “ We maintain our equipment very aggressively. We have someone come in every six months to evaluate our presses. The technician provides a list of necessary parts to order. After the parts arrive, the technician returns to install them. He comes back in six months and does the same thing. We have a program where we swap out the gears on our print cylinders on a regular basis to make sure they ’re not too dinged up.” The small, yet efficient operation churns out labels with quality and efficiency that has been recognized numerous times, including by the Flexographic Technical Association in 2007 for Environmental Excellence. In September 2009, it was again recognized by Newsday ’s (a major metropolitan daily newspaper) GreenStreet Long Island as the Green Leader of the Month for its eco-friendly initiatives. The company goes to great lengths to minimize waste while maintaining efficiency. “ We track all our waste to try and keep it down,” said Earl. “ We try to minimize as much as possible, so if it seems like it’s getting a little out of control, we can figure out where the prob- lem is and we address it accordingly. We have our recycled dumpster that we divided up into a corrugated dumpster and a regular trash dumpster. Our inks are all water-based, so we don’t use any solvent. ” “ We try to do things correctly the first time by anticipating any issues before we print a job,” Earl insists. The company underscores the importance of making sure every job is properly prepared for. “ Every single spot color gets measured on the spectrodensitometer. So, for every job that goes out to the pressroom, we’ve got the color guys, the copy guys and the print guys on it—and they stay on it, from the time it enters this shop until the minute the finished print job is delivered to the customer.” n www.flexography.org nOvEmbEr 2011 FLEXO 49 FLX_November11.indd 49 11/8/11 3:56 PM