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FLEXO Magazine : September 2012
FLEXO: Do LEAN manufacturing principles (cost-effective manufacturing) have a place in your plants? Why/why not? NELSON: Yes, we do have LEAN principles in place. LEAN practices have allowed us to take waste out of our process and improve productivity, as well as quality, of the finished product. FLEXO: Have you moved, or do you intend to move to a completely automated workflow? How will that enhance your firm’s competitive position? NELSON: We are considering and studying this process. FLEXO: What other steps are you taking to maintain a path toward continuous improvement in your plant? NELSON: We are always reviewing methods to improve our plant. We look at capital investments that will reduce cost, increase productivity output and create a safer environment. We are an ISO certified facility. FLEXO: Can you please explain the value of FTA mem- bership to your firm and comment on the most significant takeaways from the association’s recent meetings, training programs or printed educational materials? NELSON: FTA is a valuable association for our company. It provides a great network of other corrugate printers, which can share technical experience and challenges, along with solutions to those challenges. It’s a great, go-to source for printing issues, especially where you have no immediate in- house solutions or expertise. n Great Lakes Packaging took two medals in FTA’s 2012 Excellence in Flexography Awards competition. One year earlier, it also garnered two medals. www.flexography.org sEPTEmbEr 2012 FLEXO 75 TakeaClos e rLookat... Through a microscopic view of R/bak SA 2000 cushion mounting tapes, see what makes Rogers’ PUR foam different. • New Easy Release Adhesive • Eliminate Gear Banding • Less Dot Gain • Improved Print Quality • Easy Removal R/bak ® SA 2000 Magnified 100 times www.rogerscorp.com/rbak VisitUsAtLABELEXPO2012Sept11-13,ChicagoBooth5001VisitLABELEXPO20 IO4847.indd 1 8/3/12 9:00 AM