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FLEXO Magazine : July 2012
“Taking Tinkering To Task” aT Fall ConFerenCe Why do we often see printers become masters of tinker- ing at press? Is it because the print culture has been long- established with an expectation that in spite of the circum- stances, a press operator must make every shop order a successful run? What if the focus of the expectations shifted to the press inputs; which include plate, ink and aniloxes, and are often the source of the need for manipulation? On Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) will host a free pre-conference session at its 2012 Fall Conference. From 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, conference goers can join chairs Sean Teufler, Harper Corporation of America and Johnny Dye, Accredo Packaging, Inc. as they explore the root causes of tinkering on press and empha- size where each department must focus its efforts to make the production area as efficient as possible. “I f your press environment continues to be a catch-all for every problem, this session is perfect for you, ”commented Dye. “ You’ll learn how adequate planning and process control is the key to press success, from the viewpoints of an ink technician and a printer.” Teufler added, “For press operators to achieve the required efficiency in today ’s com- petitive environment, they must further optimize their pro- cesses. The burden of plate, ink and equipment corrections must go back upstream to their root sources. We will focus on these concepts by identifying common problems the operator must address and discussing the troubleshooting processes that must be in place. ” The two-and-one-half day Fall Conference features six sessions, an update on FTA’s Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC), two evening receptions and a tabletop exhibition that runs concurrently with all breaks and meals. Registrations are now being accepted. In addition to the free pre-conference session, each registrant receives a complimentary copy of the book, Setup Reduction for Printers, written by renowned authors Dr. Malcolm Keif & Kevin Cooper of California Polytechnic State University. This 140-page book provides information for reducing up to 50 per cent setup time and includes insights for engaging with the production team, utilizing Lean practices, lower- ing costs and methodically working through the process of makeready reduction. For more information on FTA’s 2012 Fall Conference and to register, visit FTA’s website at www. flexography.org or contact FTA’s Customer Service Dept. at 631-737-6020. www.flexography.org july 2012 FLEXO 19 GERMAN PRECISION PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA WWW.KOCHER-BECK.COM Kocher + Beck was established in 1966. Today, the company is the world leader in flexible and solid die cutting technology. Our manufucturing facilities in the USA combine the latest German technology with American productivity to deliver the highest quality tools to all of the Americas. At Kocher+Beck USA, we pride ourselves in the precision and quality of each and every Magnetic Cylinder that we supply to you, our customer. Contact us today for your free no obligation quote Helping you to achieve the perfect cut! Kocher+Beck USA L.P. Flex Tooling Division: 15850 West 99th Street Lenexa, KS 66219 Tel. +1 913 529-4336 Fax +1 913 529-4343 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kocher-beck.com Kocher+Beck USA L.P. Hard Tooling Division: 3870 Lakefield Drive Suwanee, GA 30024 Tel. +1 770 623-6111 Fax +1 770 623-5999 email@example.com www.kocher-beck.com