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FLEXO Magazine : September 2012
OctOber 15-17 the Pfister hOtel Milwaukee, wi Register today. www.flexography.org How efficient is your workflow? Are you using the right process control tools to optimize your plant’s productivity? Have you identified ways to reduce or eliminate potentially unproductive paths from your work stream? Do you have the mechanisms in place to execute the same plan repeatedly? We ask the questions. You get the answers. Plants & Processes No More Paper Chase: An Automation Revolution randy Wise, President: “FIrst Makes us a Better shop” FLEXO: Can you begin by assessing the state-of-the-industry as it exists today? What are its top priorities and challenges? What is the outlook for efficiency, productivity, quality, safety and profitability? Is growth, both in volume and dollar sales likely this year and into the future? Why? WISE: This is a very exciting, interesting time for the industry. Things are moving quickly and printers/converters that are not willing to move forward, will slowly die. It’s essential to invest in technology, as well as plan for consolidations or acquisitions; otherwise, you’re not going to grow—you’re going to struggle. Growth is possible, in terms of both volume and dollar sales. But, things must change. Shrink sleeves and flexible packag- ing must merge into traditional label pressrooms. Today, it’s a zero-sum game when you examine an exclusive label shop; so if you’re going to grow, it ’s going to come from somewhere or something else. Ours’ is a great industry. It’s going to thrive. Momentum will come from non-traditional sources and forces. FLEXO: What technical advancements have simplified the flexographic process in recent years? How have they served to reduce waste, enhance efficiency, improve time to market and alleviate other challenges? WISE: The whole digital revolution, starting at the front end, in the art and graphics department, is proving highly significant. Today, prepress and production planning functions involve man- agement information software and automated workflow systems that are doing marvelous jobs. They are certainly enhancing efficiencies and improving productivity at Century Label. Personally, our firm jumped on the automation revolution seven years ago and it has accelerated us to fantastic levels. It has most definitely improved quality. It’s not a paper chase anymore! FLEXO: How is your firm embracing the industry ’s push toward standardization? Are you optimizing the production process and moving out to print to the numbers/specifications? WISE: We love the whole FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduc- tion Specifications and Tolerances) program. The idea of, “This is what we do and this is how we do it,” works great for Century Label. We’ve embraced FIRST principles and have been pursu- ing their implementation for some time. FIRST has helped make CENTURY LABEL, RED OAK, TX • Opened for business in 1971 • In four decades, Century Label has grown from an entrepreneur’s dream to a state-of-the-art flexographic packaging printing production facility • Reputation is built on an unwavering commitment to exceptional customer service • Proudly delivers speed, flexibility, dependability and responsiveness demanded in today’s business environment • Preflights every project, checking for accuracy and completeness before going to press • Creative team transforms specifications and ideas into visually appealing marketing materials • Recently celebrated 10th anniversary as FTA Member Print work produced at century label. www.flexography.org sePteMBer 2012 FLEXO 59 cEntury LabEL FTA MEMBERSHIP PORTRAIT: