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FLEXO Magazine : January 2013
are listening to what the consumer prod- uct companies are saying. As more and more of them get better, the others will follow out of necessity. I believe, to be the best, you must have a passion for excellence that encompasses all areas of your busi- ness. You must look at every part of your manufacturing process and work with your chosen suppliers to get it right. If one part of your process is not the best it can be, it will drag the others down. This is a frequent cause of aggravation in the corrugated market. COSTS VS BENEFITS Controlling costs is something we all have to be aware of in our businesses. If you’re going to control your process, you aren’t going to buy your tooling on price. Someone is always going to have a cheaper price, but your quality can’t afford to change suppliers all the time. You have to lock into suppliers that pro- vide the most benefit for the dollar you are spending and who bring the most quality and innovation to the table. I have a couple of good friends who make boxes for a living that are dis- ciples of process control. They take it to levels others haven’t even considered. One is undertaking a venture that we can talk about more this time next year. The other has created a culture within his plant that has been going on for a long time. It started close to 30 years ago with a manager that truly wanted to be the best printer in the country and was constantly looking for ways to stay ahead of the competition. They won their first FTA Excellence in Flexography award in 1986 and haven’t looked back. CULTURE OF CONTROL My friend was a supervisor at that time and drove the process from the production floor. He worked with each supplier to optimize their process as it pertained to their manufacturing. They were always open to trying new ideas to see if they could get better. They chose their suppliers based on their ability to produce high quality and innova- tive products, as well as meeting their tough delivery standards. Most of those suppliers from 1985 are still there today! Optimize and don’t change! Today my friend is a general man- ager. His plant has won in excess of 100 printing awards both nationally and internationally. He produces products from tools based on benefit rather than price. He is making money and his plant has gone more than three years without a recordable injury! Within their corporation they have just been awarded their third straight Plant of the Year award! He has a great team and would be the first to tell you that without process control none of this would be possible. n About the Author: Jack Fulton is vice president of sales for Printron, a prepress service provider/trade shop based in Neenah, WI. The firm offers graphic design services, as well as RIPping, proofing platemaking and brand management. Fulton is currently serving on FTA’s Board of Directors and its Foundation’s Board of Trustees. www.flexography.org january 2013 FLEXO 57 flexodaily.com fb.com/ andvre twitter.com/ andvre linkd.in/ AndVre youtube.com/ andersonvreeland gplus.to/ andvre is more than a catch phrase. Sustainability Anderson & Vreeland has practiced environmental responsibility long before it became fashionable. Over the past 50 years we have introduced new products and technologies that have continually improved flexo plate quality and efficiency while reducing the impact we have on our planet. Our products are designed to use less material, ship with smaller packaging, be free of many toxic substances, while being as energy efficient and recyclable as possible. Sustainability in some organizations is some- thing new – something learned. At Anderson & Vreeland, it’s been part of our culture for 50 years. theDiffe rence! Experience 866.282.7697 fx: 800.223.6869 www.AndVre.com info@AndVre.com See us at INFO*FLEX booth #301 AV_9638_new.indd 1 12/17/12 11:57:05 AM