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FLEXO Magazine : August 2012
offers the capabilities of developing design concepts and taking a package completely through the devel- opment process—from idea to shelf-ready product. Target timeframe to accomplish this result is usually less than three weeks.” Management is proud that the wide web custom flexible printing house produces only the highest quality of process and line printing in up to 10 colors. Team leaders promise, “Our state-of-the art ma- chinery allows for high quality graphics, excellent registration, and quick changeovers, thereby saving customers considerable dollars in set-up times.” Currently, it runs five flexographic printing presses: two, 10-color (CMYK + six line colors) CI machines; and three six-color (CMYK + two line colors) CI presses; Here, flexible packaging materials are con- verted using environmentally-friendly water based flexographic inks and adhesives. “At PBD, the Strict Quality Control Department handles a customer’s packaging from design to delivery and assures everything is done right the first time!” COLOR & CAMERAS The Grazianos recall, “About eight years ago, we started getting new customers who were coming in with projects that needed seven or eight colors. At the time, we didn’t have the ability to do that on six-color presses. After looking into the eight-color press, we noticed little cost differential with a 10-col- or model and opted for the additional capability.” And, when the latest press went in, color was once again a critical concern. “ The Euroflex and its camera system are designed to take a reference picture, once colors have been set. There is a secondary camera that goes back and forth over the web and alerts op- erators if there is a high mark, color shift or any issues. When we were running trials on the press, our press- men found it simple and easy to learn. It took about one hour to master. They say it’s very easy to operate.” In either an eight-color, long or short job, the Grazianos note setup is the same. “Once it is in the press, we expect a pull up within 10 minutes every time. Our pressmen have to get under one and one- half or two delta E on our colors. Ninety-five percent of the time it takes only five to 10 minutes. That has a lot to do with staff and equipment.” SPEED & SIGN-OFF Simplified color management and control is not the only benefit that PBD management has come to associate with its latest press. Changeover time is on the decrease. Approval speed is up. Makeready ex- penses are being trimmed. Waste is on the decline. The Grazianos explain, “Our newly installed press utilizes a new auto register and inspection system that is improving changeover times and savings significantly. When a pressman doesn’t have to go to each deck to register it, he doesn’t waste time At Packaging By Design, the 10 decks on a new KYMC Euroflex press come to register within 100 ft. and print samples are pulled within 10 minutes on every job. 46 FLEXO August 2012 www.flexography.org