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FLEXO Magazine : August 2012
Plants & Processes New Press Anilox Protocol considerations to Protect Your new anilox Inventory! By sean teufler Benjamin Franklin was known for many things, in- cluding being a printer. He once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” He must have been thinking about printing. Our industry owes its success to following known processes to get the desired outcomes. Col- lectively, our future success rides on the great advancements that can be found in current technologies, especially flexo- graphic presses. It behooves you to make careful prepara- tions to extract the most benefits from your investment. You will also have an investment in your anilox roll/sleeve inventory, and it is important to give it careful consideration regarding storage, transportation, cleaning and protection from debris. Unless you love the thrill of risk taking, the best advice would be to meet these new challenges head on. De- velop a plan. Include a thorough map of all necessary steps. Complete its execution. Where can you get all this information at a moment’s notice? When it comes to a press and press area, your best sources for understanding the challenges are your employ- ees, press representatives and your suppliers. They are the ACHIEVE DESIRED OUTCOMES • Establish a new press implementation team • Assign tasks—“best optimize our investment”—and a timeline for accomplishment • Layout pressroom floor on a detailed floorplan illustrating placement of the new press. Factor in increased production capabilities and faster workflow associated with it. Consider higher frequency of substrate transfer and higher frequency of press component transportation • Plan for ink, anilox and plate staging and storage • Design your workflow to keep clutter and non- needed items out of the pressroom • Avoid trial-by-fire learning experiences that often end badly or are costly • Address training. Get hands-on before the clock starts ticking on production demands BOBST NORTH AMERICA 146 Harrison Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068-1294 Tel: 888-226-8800 www.bobst.com THERE’S AT LEAST SEVEN REASONS WHY YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A PRESS ANYTHING LIKE THE NEW 20SIX. Intelligent Design. Intelligent Economics. 1. Outstanding Productivity Across All Run Lengths The new 20SIX brings new efficiencies to short as well as long press runs. 2. Fastest Change-Overs With smartGPSTM all registration and impression set-up is done off-line to maximize efficiency and minimize the time for job change-overs. 3. Customizable to Specific Requirements The 20SIX is adaptable to a variety of configurations now and later as your requirements change. 4. New Concepts in Dryer Design Enhanced dryer performance throughout for superior results and less residual solvent. 5. New CI Section Design The newly designed press section delivers unrivaled dimensional accuracy and the highest register precision using temperature control and compensation. 6. Revolutionary Operator Control System A new and intuitive interface for greater efficiency including next job set-up while running. 7. New smartCOLTM Off-line Proofer For perfect color matching, waste elimination and increased press up-time. Bobst-20SIX Feaures Ad_Layout 1 5/11/12 4:32 PM Page 1 70 FLEXO august 2012 www.flexography.org Be sure the designated area for anilox rolls both stores and protects the investment. Press Buyer’s Guide