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FLEXO Magazine : January 2013
actual press conditions. With a 1- or 2-in. anilox roll, gear-driven ink- and impression-rollers and adjustable nip-pressure, the proofer provides a perfect miniaturized simulation of the condi- tions of the target flexo press, whatever the substrate or desired dot-gain. It eliminates the need to make color adjustments on the press, reducing up to 15 minutes setup time per job. In summary, lean ink logistics brings consistent color ac- curacy from one job to the next. It offers the ability to prepare jobs fast, at short notice. Not only does it reduce waste, it re- sults in a cleaner, more ordered work environment. The brand owner/print buyer is assured of precise results every time. It is the basis for predictable results and controlled budgets! n About the Author: Maarten Hummelen is co-owner of GSE Dispensing, a leader in ink and paste management solutions for the graphics, textiles and coating industries (web: www. gsedispensing.com). His management expertise is the result of more than 15 years in business-to-business solutions sales, marketing and operations. Prior to the management buy-out of the ink dispensing activities from Stork Prints in 2006, he held a number of marketing, customer service and purchasing positions within the Stork Group. As marketing director, he has responsibil- ity for GSE’s marketing, operations, process improvement and product functions. Maarten has a M.Sc. in Business Administration from University of Twente (The Netherlands). An ink dispensing system features the dispenser, linked to several barrels of base inks, by stainless steel valves to ensure fast and accurate dispensing. 32 FLEXO jAnuAry 2013 www.flexography.org business Hose connectors prevent dripping when replacing barrels.