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FLEXO Magazine : August 2012
You will obviously need storage capacity, so make sure you have enough to store all aniloxes and with proper protection. Employee safety is the number-one consideration, so ask early on for the estimated weights of any hand lifted com- ponents. If you go with an established design or one of your own, have your anilox supplier review the storage system for any concerns or deficiencies that may have been overlooked. Consult your employees (implementation team) on how they would like the equipment arranged, so they have easy, conve- nient and quick access. Design your workflow to keep clutter and non daily needed items out of the pressroom. You will also want to plan on both how and where to utilize debris mitigation tools, like magnets and filters, in your ink flow. This may include magnets and filtering for the inkroom as well, to capture any debris before going to press. Since the press area can be a source of debris from operating and ser- vicing, you will also need to plan for in-line countermeasures. Any equipment you decide to use will need handy directions and instruction for the personnel who will use them. Ask yourself the following questions before you take deliv- ery of the new press: • How will we store anilox rolls/sleeves? • Do we have, or will we have a secondary cleaning system? • Have we designated an area for anilox cleaning and storage? • Do we have an action plan to prevent debris mitigation in the ink system? • Have instructions been prepared for anilox care---clean- ing, installation/removal, handling/transportation? • Have we planned for magnets/filters handling in the workflow---installation, cleaning, inspection, etc.? If you do not have a designated "trainer," assign a member of the implementation team to read all instructions and be responsible to make sure all shifts get the proper training and information. We often see equipment used in a press area without any direction and a trial-by-fire learning experience that often ends badly and or costly. Worse, when equipment fails there is not enough knowledge to determine equipment failure, so you end up with problems whose source is un- known and therefore no effective solution. PRESS ASSEMBLY / TESTING When the press arrives and is getting assembled and di- aled in, your next series of challenges begins. Press assembly and testing is a critical stage in saving the condition of your anilox engravings. All the components are coming together, some tested and some not, and debris can be an issue if left unchecked. Any components and piping carrying ink and flushing fluids (reclaim or detergents) will need to be flushed out to remove debris from the manufacture and assembly of the component. www.flexography.org AUGUST 2012 FLEXO 73