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FLEXO Magazine : January 2013
Plants & Processes Here We Go Again... It’s a new Year—It’s a new Beginning, Isn’t It? By Paul sharkey Each year, we commit to improve many things about our lives. We promise to eat better, drink more water and less beer, get more sleep and exercise, better organize and get projects done around the house. Unfortunately, for many of us, this year’s list is pretty much the same as it was last year. Why? Because few of us have the self discipline to follow through. Now consider what’s happening at our jobs. It’s a new year and for many it’s a time for rededication to the principles of process control. Our objective is to drive waste from the printing process, to improve productivity and the company ’s bottom line, thereby securing our job for another year. We commit to: 1. Tightening up on key process variables 2. Making sure our anilox are at specification and well maintained 3. Inspecting and measuring plate dimensions 4. Verifying stickybacks 5. Ensuring inks are filtered and substrates are correct to spec Just as in our personal lives, this list sounds familiar. Why? Because it’s pretty much the same list as at the start of last year, and the year before, and the year before.... So, why is it so many of us fail to accomplish the goals we set out for ourselves each year? Principally, the missing ingre- dient is commitment at a personal level. We can talk about the principles of process control, process improvement, best practices and the rest of it; but, unless we are willing to hold ourselves accountable to the standard we establish and agree upon at the start of each year, we are fooling ourselves. In every business enterprise, individuals operate as part of a team to accomplish established goals. The fact that we show up each day and take a pay check would suggest that TEAMWORK TEMPLATE • Successful companies operate as a team • Individuals are assigned tasks aimed at achieving agreed upon goals • Each person is held accountable for incrementally reporting accomplishments and the team assures necessary action steps are taken • To be successful, communicate individual goals and action plans 54 FLEXO januarY 2013 www.flexography.org