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FLEXO Magazine : August 2012
and material. It’s huge. Big time! Now, when it comes to setup, we’re dragging a cross hair or microdot on each plate by touch screen off a camera into alignment. Once we’ve dragged the marks together, we then push a button and the press automatically performs print deck registration by itself. That saves time! It’s improved our makeready by approxi- mately 30-40 percent in savings. If you mark from the unwind to the rewind, it’s about 100 ft. and those 10 decks can set register within that span.” They also indicate, “This press is designed for speed. We can increase speeds by 40 percent over past performance and we can get jobs done quicker and get jobs on and out faster. Downtime has been cut by more than 50 percent by having a sleeve system. We’re no longer dealing with chang- ing out anilox rolls—that’s where the real kicker is. Because our anilox is on a sleeve, it slaps in and out very quickly. Most older presses are not equipped that way - and in our view, that kind of machinery is less than ideal, as it’s far from cost effective for the most modern, short run, high job count needs of a flexo pressroom like PBD’s. ” n About the Authors: Chuck Graziano is vice president, Packag- ing By Design, a family owned and operated flexible pack- aging converter, established in 1983, that is now housed in a 37,000 sq. ft. plant in Elgin, IL. Its latest capital improvement project involved the June 2012 installation of a 10-color CI flexo press. Above, he reports on initial experience with, and expectations for, the machine. Joshua Nard is marketing director, Novaflex, Inc., Carol Stream, IL ., a printing and packaging machinery distributor, led by FTA Hall of Fame Member Wallace D. Nard. Novaflex represents KYMC in North America. L-R: Three generations of the Graziano family—Mike, Joe and Chuck— owners and operators of Packaging By Design, Elgin, IL: www.flexography.org auGusT 2012 FLEXO 47 An impactful pitch meeting can make all the difference in getting a new product into a club store. The Roland VersaUV delivers vibrant, hands-on prototypes with CMYK, White, Varnish, Emboss, Crease and Cut on actual press substrates with a single device. To learn more, watch the video at flexo.rolanddga.com “When we went in to pitch this product, the package’s visual shelf appeal was every bit as important as the quality of the product itself. Having a prototype that clearly showed them our double front panel display concept sealed the deal . ” | Brian Park, Chef Bobo Brand make the prototype make the pitch make the sale VersaUV LEC Series 30” & 54” UV printer/cutters