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FLEXO Magazine : August 2012
production speeds also for short runs, extending the flexo mar- ket applications to traditional "native" digital markets. TABLE 5. Table of "negative" points: DF ND Set up waste Higher Plate cost Higher Set up time Higher Variable data printing n/a Ink/click cost Higher Substrate cost Higher Production speed Lower Press downtime for maintenance Higher Dependency for inks, maintenance etc. Higher A profitability comparison spreadsheet provides similar capital cost for a "fully loaded" Digital Flexo press and a na- tive digital press (See Tables). Costs and throughput variables have been separated and specific variables for the self-adhe- sive label industry have been included. Analysis shows that total throughput (defined by high pro- duction speed and reduced down time) is the most effective leverage variable on profitability for the production of labels and packaging. The converter can achieve higher profitability www.flexography.org AUGUST 2012 FLEXO 65