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FLEXO Magazine : August 2012
publisher’s ink Robust & Reliable Quality, accuracy and dependability—everyone wants that from the press. The universal demand: peak performance at lowest possible cost. We’ve been reporting on it for years, coupled with the printers’ clarion call for reduced downtime and maximized throughput. As we put to bed, this, our fourth annual Press Buyers’ Guide, the story remains similar, yet mindsets continue to evolve. Majority opinion today holds that both pro- cess and press are critical to performance. We couldn’t agree more. The move is on to eliminate operator skill from the equation. In other words, all major press manufacturers have seized upon every flexographer’s long-standing campaign to control all variables—register, pressure, print, color. Collectively, team after team of engineers are putting out smart solutions that incorporate simple, user-friendly, near intuitive man-machine interfaces. drupa showcased these highly automated, robust and reliable systems. This August, FLEXO’s pages do the same. PREP TO WIN One point can’t be stressed enough. “Careful preparations extract the most ben- efit from a new printing press.” T he push is on to provide “no defects” from a faster, easier, safer press. Modern machines are designed for speed. Maintenance logs are built-in to con- trol panel screens. When it comes to configuring the press, talk turns to “process mentality,” as ergonomics are married to economics. Careful thought propels the plan to extend flexo applications to traditional “native” digital markets. Integrated engineering and custom designed components are what’s making it all possible. ACCURATE PORTRAYAL To accurately cover the full spectrum of product offerings, FLEXO relaxed its non- commercialism policy just a bit. You’ll find: • Model name mentions, while permitted are kept to a minimum • Technologies are discussed as generically as possible • Photos are, however, generally identifiable • With nearly all major brands represented, commonality in focus is clearly evident • Quality, consistent, repeatable results is the goal • Adding dimensions of stability is the path to carry us there • Statistical process control is, essentially, being incorporated into the press and outcomes reflect measureable, demonstrable progress FABULOUS FEATURES These days, everybody is talking about 10-minute changeovers that are orches- trated at the push of a button. The process is based on continuous monitoring and numerous click and drop/drag features. To flexographers, it’s a true boon to the business, as fast set-up and make-ready have long topped their wish list for in-plant improvements. Features that facilitate bright colors with little deviation and press accessories that ensure high resolution and include sleeve systems, viscosity controls, electron beam and ultra-violet curing technologies, etc. are major attractions. When it comes to the press, printers are insisting upon a reduced carbon footprint and enhanced eco-friendliness in the unit that stands at the heart of their operation. Revel at what’s been accomplished. Dream of what’s still possible. Anticipate the benefits it can hold for your business and act accordingly. Proactivity builds productivity. 12 FleXO august 2012 www.flexography.org FTA TODaY BOARD OF DIRECTORS FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Jason Barrier, Printpack, Inc. Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association John Crammer, Best Label Co., Inc. Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group Jack Fulton, Printron Peter Hartman Michael Impastato, Flint Group Eric Jones, The Label Co. Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. Greg Platt, Southern Graphic Systems Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. Hank Welter, Exopack BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOUNDATION OF FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Jason Barrier, Printpack, Inc. Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association John Crammer, Best Label Co., Inc. Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group Jack Fulton, Printron Peter Hartman Michael Impastato, Flint Group Eric Jones, The Label Co. Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. Greg Platt, Southern Graphic Systems Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. Hank Welter, Exopack PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino EDITORIAL ADvISORy COmmITTEE Richard Cervarich, DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys, Staples Print Solutions John Meyer, Color Resolutions International Dave Nunez, International Paper John Paine, C -P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd.