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FLEXO Magazine : August 2012
of capital equipment upgrades in the past seven years, culminating in the recent installation of a 10-color, KYMC Euroflex central impression, full servo press. It features a sleeve system for flexible packaging production, as well as a slitter/rewinder. Also on the list of the plant’s recent upgrades: the 2005 debut of a KYMC 10-color, CI Neoflex press and the 2009 purchase of a Combi triplex laminator for water-based and solventless adhesives. What’s unique about this equipment, according to John Pan, KYMC principle, who insists that converters can capital- ize on advanced technology at competi- tive prices, for a new economy; is its reli- ance on incorporating refined European and North American technologies. Key partners and market suppliers list out as follows: Apex, Bosch Rexroth, BST Pro Mark, Eltromat Engineering, Erhardt & Leimer, Harper Corporation of America, Mitsubishi, Praxair Sur- face Technologies, QuadTech, Rossini, Siemens, Tresu, and Yaskawa, to name a few. The intent: utilize North American support structures to the customer’s — Packaging By Design’s—advantage. PBD’s POV Established in 1983, the Graziano family owned and operated printing company started out in a 16,000 sq. ft. building in Niles, IL, where it operated two, six-color stack printing presses and two adhesive laminators. In 1993, PBD underwent transformation from a solvent ink and adhesive system over to a water-based system, making it one of the few flexo printers/converters in the industry that has gone to a complete water-based system for both printing inks and lamination adhesives. Laminations have superior optics and are created with “0” volatile organic compound (VOC) catalyzed adhesives systems, making PBD’s product more environmental friendly and giving cus- tomers an edge on sustainable packag- ing, according to its owners. Today, PBD has more than doubled its capacity and has moved into its new 37,000 sq. ft. building, based out of Elgin, IL. As a direct result of the move, PBD added resources and machinery. What once was a regional converter expanded from coast to coast. The Graziano family maintains, “PBD is a full service custom printer and converter of flexible films with almost 30 years of expertise. It provides a high level of quality and product protec- tion that customers expect, along with on-time package designs and on-time deliveries. Our mission; Always invest in research and development to adapt to our customers’ ever-changing needs and to constantly strive to exceed our customers’ expectations of excellence, quality, accuracy, and dependability.” With that as the corporate point of view, the Grazianos say, “PBD special- izes in quick turnaround, medium to short runs and maintains excess capac- ity at all times, allowing it to react to customers’ immediate needs. It supplies various markets, such as the candy, food, retail, general merchandise, pest control, and medical industries and www.flexography.org august 2012 FLEXO 45 Your finishing operators know this too. The new VLI delivers greater precision and speed of inspecting, slitting and rewinding. And that means quicker turnaround and perfectly finished rolls, every time. Speed and precision. www.rotoflex.com IT’S NOT ONLY THE SPEED OF THE STEEL,BUT THE PRECISION OF THE CUT AT THE CUTTING EDGE Do you make the cut? Find out at rotoflex.com/thecut RF_FlexoMag_4.5625x7.375.indd 1 4/16/12 4:29:48 PM