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FLEXO Magazine : February 2008
FEBRUARY 2008 JDF Dynamics Lean Enterprises Forum Q&A INFORMATION FINGERTIPS AT YOUR FULL FFTA FORUM BROCHURE INSIDE FTA HEADQUARTERS & FLEXO EDITORIAL, ADVERTISING, SUBSCRIBER SERVICES 900 Marconi Avenue Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PUBLISHER Robert Moran, ext. 17 firstname.lastname@example.org MANAGING EDITOR Christian R. Bonawandt, ext. 31 email@example.com DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 firstname.lastname@example.org DIGITAL DESIGN & PRODUCTION Red Flag Media www.redflagmedia.com FLEXO® Magazine (ISSN-1051-7324) is published monthly by the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association. Address all correspondence to FLEXO® Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212. Telephone: 631-737-6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright ©2008. All rights reserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 U.S./$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 U.S./$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 U.S./$170 foreign. Single copies: $7 U.S./$10 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXO® Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXO® Magazine is the official journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance flexographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXO® Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA. FEBRUARY 2008 VOLUME 33, NO. 2 In This Issue JDF, MIS, ERP---these are more than just acronyms, they are tools that facilitate the automation of the flexographic printing and converting process. This month, FLEXO examines the language and culture of computer-integrated manufacturing, and technologies that are helping flexographers eliminate human error, increase productivity, and achieve a leaner production environment. Also, be sure to check out an extensive preview to FFTA's 2008 Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition, taking place April 27-30 in Dallas, TX (page 12). FTA TODAY 05 Pub Ink 08 Association News 66 Engaging Ideas FORUM 2008 12 We, the Printers. . . FFTA Forum Chair Scott Gilbert and Vice-chair Mark Mazur sit down to discuss a program serving all the needs and wants of today's exo printers. EDUCATION 54 On The Rise A glance at North Carolina A&T's fast-growing exographic print- ing and packaging program. Christian R. Bonawandt EDUCATION 56 Then and Now The nature of vocational edu- cation has changed quite a bit over the years, and that trend continues today. Richard Wagner INDUSTRY INDICATORS 19 Pressing Issues 24 JDF: A Never- Ending Journey In this drupa 2008 preview, the author examines the role of JDF in the pack- aging work ow. TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES 30 JDF in MIS Innovations in the areas of JDF technology and management infor- mation systems are helping remove human error and make exo printing more closely resemble a computer- integrated manufacturing process. Patrick Bolan 32 ERP & Lean Integration of enterprise re- source planning (ERP) software can assist printers/converters looking to create a Lean Manufacturing environ- ment. David Taylor BEGINNER FLEXOGRAPHER 40 Color Science The proper use of color mea- suring systems and techniques can turn the subjective evaluation of color into an objective, measurable, and thus controllable characteristic. Bob Binder PLANTS & PROCESSES LABELS 44 Effective Use of Innovation Trends in Europe are drawing atten- tion to versatile, multi-platform, multi- process press technologies. Eric Hoendervangers 48 The Value of MIS in Flexo Technology today offers a solid end-to- end management to ensure maximum performance and pro tability speci - cally for the exo printer. Gerald Walsh PREPRESS 50 Sustainable Prepress Tradeshops in North America and the rest of the world are realizing the importance of offering eco-friendly services. Accomplished professionals offer tips any provider can follow. Christian R. Bonawandt 30 44