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FLEXO Magazine : March 2012
Before After Automatic cleaning system for Flexo central impression drum Oscillating System with Integrated Cleaning Agent Delivery and Indexing Cloth Technology The Rossini Automatic Cleaning System provides through unique technology a superior performance and unparalleled functionality. The special design allows for a continuous contact point across the entire drum. A patented cleaning agent distribution and delivery system allows for minimal wetting of the cloth for a variety of cleaning cycle options. • Guaranteed high performance cleaning • Oscillating & indexing fabric system • Integrated cleaning agent delivery system • Operates during press set-up time today • Eliminates press down-time • Improves press speeds & print quality • Eliminates potential for injury ...and uniform oscillating pressure (mechanical action) across the entire width of the drum... ...produces the only fast, efficient and reliable automatic cleaning system available on the market today. Optimal delivery of appropriate cleaning agent (chemical reaction ) to the cloth... Parked Position Operation Position • printing rollers • EVOLUTION ROSSINI EQUIPMENT Rossini North America LLC 4305 Creek Park Drive - Suwanee, GA 30024 USA - Tel. +1 (678) 482-0835 - Fax +1 (678) 482-0837 - email@example.com esec-pubb-evolutionUSA:esec 13-02-2012 18:59 Pagina 1 Germany; and he played for the Washington Street team at American National Can.” As Lori recalled, family and FTA at times became inter- twined. “Our son John graduated from high school in 2002. I thought the family might enjoy seeing John’s last drama pro- duction, so I planned a party on the first weekend of May. Fritz attended the kick off performance on Friday night and left first thing Saturday for Forum. In 1999, when he left Pechiney, the guys put together a fake cover of FLEXO magazine featuring Fritz holding a cup of coffee. It represented the ultimate honor. Fritz will be truly humbled that the association is recognizing him in the Hall of Fame.” Lori quipped that, “It takes us twice as long as normal people to do shopping on every grocery trip. Al looks at every competitor’s work. I can never get him away from packaging. He loved the print shop in high school and he still loves it today. ” She added, “As much as Al likes printing from the manage- ment side, I know that he’d really love to get on press and tweak things. He really enjoys the physical side of his craft as much as the innovations side.” BELIEVER & REALIST “’Altruistic’ is his nickname,” according to fellow Hall of Fame Member Mark Mazur of DuPont Packaging Graph- ics. “Al is one of those people who puts the industry ahead of everything else. He works tirelessly to improve the printed package. He did so from his very start as a printer and he did so—and continues to do so—following his transition to the trade shop. Simply put, he is an all-around nice guy, a great customer, as well as a friend and a fellow puzzle solver who frequently shares New York Times crosswords.” Mazur explained, “Al saw the need to take technology and push it into the industry. In his mind, the best way to do that is to work with a CPC. He jumped on technology and leveraged Walmart to do the same. Al saw an opportunity to promote standards throughout the industry and started talking about measurements, controls, predictability, practicality, repeat- ability, consistency, optimization and fingerprinting. Al drove everything! He basically lived in Bentonville, Ar., for nearly 18 months—traveling down on Mondays and back home on Fridays. Customer expectations are more concrete and con- sistent as a result of his work.” Joe McCarthy of Burrows Paper Corp. observed, “Al was always ahead of his time—in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and today. He looks to see what is new. Al’s always pushing the envelope, so to speak, both to see what he can do and to determine just how far we can go with flexo. His commitment is simply stated, ‘Be consistently consistent in print.’ T here is no touchy-feely stuff with Al; instead, he relies on science and numbers. He always makes every colleague feel that he or she has a part in what is going on. He listens to one and all and definitely values and appreciates each individual’s input and talent. He’s just an easy to get along with, go-to guy.” Larry Evans, an adjunct professor at Clemson University, described FTA’s newest Hall of Fame member in a multitude of ways. “He’s a real family guy. Always friendly. Technically savvy. Al always believed in printing by the numbers. He is one of the few people that has both a gravure and flexo back- ground and as a result, he is a package printing expert. ” Elaborating on that observation, Evans added, “Al is a strong prepress guy. He lives by the mantra, ‘Measure. Mea- sure. Measure.’ A l is one of the most highly respected color gurus that I know. He is a believer in getting it right the first time. Obviously, he champions that cause and always stands willing to share his knowledge.” “ When Al discusses technology, specifically printing and flexo, he backs up his opinions or beliefs with data and ex- amples. He speaks to the ‘ why.’ His arguments are persua- sive. His perceptions are nearly always correct,” Evans said. “As a leader in the field, Al is always a proponent for learning and continuous improvement. Long considered an expert in process color, Al effectively delivers his message. Al’s the guy who tries something to see if and where it fits. He realistically evaluates new technology and is always ready and prepared to do things right.” Mike Impastato, Flint Group, current chairman of the Foun- dation of FTA’s Board of Trustees, remarked, “Flexo printing is a relatively small but competitive industry. We see a great many people who are active in promoting their companies and products; but there is a much smaller group whose activities and focus is set on the improvement of the overall process and betterment of the flexo industry itself. Al is just such a person. ” To that, Impastato added, “Al has been a consistent ambas- sador for the improvement of flexo printing. His steadfast support of standardization and print-by-the-numbers has moved flexo from an art to a science; and allowed flexo to be a process which can successfully compete on cost as well as print quality. When there is a project which needs support or leadership Al can be counted on to provide his expertise and knowledge to help move the industry forward. Al is well deserving his induction into the Hall of Fame.” n Al Bowers in his role as consumate family man—coaching youth soccer and enjoying moments with each of his three children, Andrew (in uniform), John, and Leah. 22 FLEXO mArch 2012 www.flexography.org