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FLEXO Magazine : August 2012
experts in their own disciplines and will guide you. We have done our best to assemble a strategic anilox/pressroom plan that once executed, will give you the best opportunity to be prepared and functional when it is time to start running. When it comes to anilox-related issues, you need to look at the operation broken down into three stages: before press; press assembly/testing and day-to-day operations. BEFORE PRESS Begin by establishing a new press “implementation team.” This team is to implement and integrate the new press and everything that comes with it to best optimize the investment. The team needs the management participants and repre- sentatives from the press OEM, equipment suppliers and your press team; plus maintenance, scheduling and material handling personnel. Once your suppliers are chosen, solicit their input and sug- gestions, and when needed, their involvement. Keep in mind, it’s easier to change plans before equipment arrives, rather than after the floor is full. As with all teams, always assign “tasks and a timeline.” You need to first make sure you have enough room for all the ancillary equipment (racks, carts, ink and solvent tanks, clean- ing tanks, spare chambers, etc.) that will come along with, or are needed for, your new press. You have to consider work area, workflow around the press area and proper storage. Your suppliers will be able to help you understand and plan for the requirements for ink, anilox and plate staging and storage. It is a good idea to draw out your press area on a detailed floor plan, decide placement of press and begin to place spac- ing requirements. Keep in mind, if you are installing your first sleeved press, it is typical for a press of this caliber to produce at twice the rate of an older press. You will have increased demand and faster workflow. Therefore, all floor-plan decisions must also consider the higher frequency of substrate transfers and higher frequency press component transportation. Once you have the first round of planning completed, this would be a great time to share the plan with the OEM and suppliers. Determine if there is anything left out, or some- thing in need of improvement. This is a great time to ask if you have all the necessary equipment. For large operations and convenience, a secondary (anilox and or pans, trays, chambers etc.) cleaning system(s) outside the press is a common sight. If you need it now or in the future, this is the time to plan for its inclusion. 72 FLEXO august 2012 www.flexography.org In the example shown, magnets and filters are integral to keeping inks and press plumbing free of debris.