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FLEXO Magazine : August 2012
Technologies & Techniques Maximized Productivity at Minimized Running Costs speed, the “Killer App,” Can’t Trump Performance When Buying a Press By Tom Jacques Today ’s flexographers have a lot on their plate. They contend with constantly varying input costs for resins, films, and inks; demanding customers; labor recruit- ment and retention; the need to dramatically reduce waste; and the requirement to stay updated with the latest printing technology. Those who do it successfully share common traits: process mentality, step-by-step improvements and stream- lined processes, where simpler is better. Process mentality looks beyond what is going on inside the four walls of a company to its effects on the outside world: sup- pliers, customers and the environment at large. It takes a holis- tic approach to everything it does in order to meet all stake- holders’ expectations. It also seeks to define work as a series of steps which can be defined and improved over time. This leads to a streamlined, simple process in the end, where work is truly value-added and devoid of waste in materials or efforts. As one looks at the lifecycle of a job, one notices that job specifications have a huge impact on profitability. Therefore, questions abound: “Is it spec’d right?” “Was it sold properly with proper specs?” “Is there any flexibility or tolerance in the specifications?” “Are the results measureable and demonstrable?” When a job comes down to the press side, operators need to think: “Do we have the right materials?” “In the right quanti- ties?” “Is the press set up correctly?” “Are registration and CONSISTENT, REPEATABLE, RELIABLE PRODUCTION • Latest generation of automatic registration systems, use click and drag features based on the image itself • New automatic impression systems ensure extremely low set-up waste • Automatic viscosity control, an added dimension of stability, manages usage of inks and solvents • Safe sleeve change systems boost productivity and lower costs by checking data and helping to avoid putting components into the press that are not dimensionally identical to the press recipe • Dynamic air flow analysis has led to much improved dryers 30 FLeXO AugusT 2012 www.flexography.org Press Buyer’s Guide