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FLEXO Magazine : February 2012
STANDARDBEARER The company's desire to provide high-quality, low cost packaging has led to the installation of a new, state-of-the- art, 10-color, 48-in. Gallus INTRO flexo press for large-format carton produc- tion. The press, which had been under construction since late 2010, operates in the Baldwinsville, NY facility---an FTA member plant. The press, designed with the latest advancements in ink technolo- gies, color, register and impression controls, can print on both sides of the web, and includes an automatic wash- ing system for all units. This new facility in upstate New York adds to PaperWorks already robust flexo operation. While flexo printing is approximately 35 to 40 percent of PaperWorks' total operation, Hartwell believes PaperWorks' flexo business will only get better. And a new, top-of-the- line press will further set PaperWorks apart from the competition, offering some of the highest definition flexo print quality in the world, with all the advan- tages of web flexo converting. "The technology is here. Not so long ago flexography was thought to be a step inferior to gravure. Not anymore," Hartwell explains. "This new press is the Porche of flexo presses. There is not another like it in North America. We're very proud of that and look forward to seeing what she can do." Now in the testing period, this new press has the ability to print 24 hours a day, seven day a week, and 365 days a year. It's BIG and fast. With the abil- ity to run at all times and maintain an output of 1,000 feet per minute, this new press will give PaperWorks even more of a technological advantage in the flexo field. "We looked at every press on the market. We chose this machine be- cause of its outstanding, demonstrated performance for fast makereadies, low waste, and high print quality. The folks at Gallus bent over backward to meet our technical and commercial needs, making the decision an easy one," Hartwell says. The Baldwinsville facility is a concrete sign of the company's commitment to growth, both in terms of its expanding business and an ever-increasing dedi- cation to environmental values. "In the last two or three years, im- provements in flexographic technology have soared. This is the time when we will see flexo start to become a stan- dard---not only because it costs less, but rather because the products are that much better than the alternatives," says Hartwell. Time will tell, but PaperWorks certainly seems positioned to be a major player in the flexo world. Through mergers, the purchase of a new press, a green business outlook and a staff of experts in the printing and converting realm, PaperWorks considers itself the new standardbearer for flexo printers. In- novation and collaboration have proved fruitful for PaperWorks Industries. www.flexography.org FEBRUARY 2012 FLEXO 45 TAKE CONTROL Control your roll quality, speed, workflow and bottom line. Rotoflex Genesis - the newest, most advanced control system in the industry - gives you more control. Exclusive to Rotoflex inspection/rewind machines, Genesis guarantees fast, accurate fault recognition and placement, includes 100% matrix and missing label detection, and simplifies set-up and calibration. Best of all it lets you take control of your profits. www.rotoflex.com