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FLEXO Magazine : August 2012
• Arrange a press-area walkthrough by a supplier to spot potential deficiencies • Examine any solvent reclaim system looking for debris, be- fore using in press (mesh filters with magnets are a must) • Establish maintenance debris and trash removal procedures Making your great investment pay off for you requires careful preparation. Alone, a new press will not make for a completely successful pressroom. You need to create processes and work- flows that define how you want things done and take care of the equipment you have at the same time, especially aniloxes. Focus on preparation, documentation, workflows around your press area, thoughtful training and utilize your suppli- ers to help you bring these goals to fruition. Make sure every employee understands the great investment you have made and how important it is to maintain it throughout the process of a new press installation and carrying it on long-term during your day-to-day operations. Any adventure has its share of challenges. Don’t let your chal- lenge become a failure to address the potential for anilox scor- ing, premature engraving wear or anilox handling damage. The major reason for anilox reconditioning is surface and or sleeve damage. You don’t want to use your aniloxes to detect debris in your system. The burden of determining what went wrong after the fact falls on everyone. It is better to be proactive. Please consider the above protocols to help you on your quest to capitalize on the opportunity you have given your company so you can rise above those challenges. Start by planning for your new press anilox care today. n About the Author: Sean Teufler proudly serves the central United States as a technical graphics advisor for Harper Graphic Solutions, a division of Harper Corporation of America. He recently led the Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) project on Narrow Web UV Ink Spitting and will serve as co-chair for FTA’s 2012 Fall Conference, “Efficiency in Flexography: Connecting the Dots.” The event is set for Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 15-17. 76 FLEXO august 2012 www.flexography.org Be sure to get a blade analysis done to double-check blade wear and alignment.