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FLEXO Magazine : January 2013
Plants & Processes Passion for Excellence Be a Disciple of Process control By Jack Fulton One of the biggest knocks on flexo printing over the years has been the ability to repeat print jobs over a period of time. You get it right the first time, but customer confidence is lacking in getting it right the next time they order. Repeatability is all about process control. Controlling the variables in the flexo process is not easy, as there certainly are many. The printers that have good process control realize they must reduce the variables to as few as possible. Once they have optimized their process, they do not change it! As a prepress provider/trade shop that supports the post- print and preprint corrugated markets, I am happy to report that the level of process control exercised throughout such enterprises has grown enormously in the past few years. They REPEAT PEFORMANCE REPERTOIRE • Repeatability is all about process control • Look at every part of your manufacturing process and work with your chosen suppliers to get it right • Remain open to new ideas • Choose suppliers based on their ability to produce quality and innovative products • Create a culture in your plant. Insist on striving to be the best printer in the country. Stay ahead of the competition 56 FLEXO January 2013 www.flexography.org