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FLEXO Magazine : February 2013
Technical sales and applications teams are available to help during this evaluation. DuPont, Inometa, and other be- lievers in round image carriers for flexo have made significant investments in manufacturing capability for a North Ameri- can round market that is still in its infancy. How rapidly and broadly round is adopted here remains to be seen, but the supply chain infrastructure is now in place and the manufac- turing capacity is coming on line. In the movie Field of Dreams, an Iowa corn farmer hears voices saying, “If you build it, they will come”. With only a slight adjustment, that same phrase can be applied to the round print form market in North America. “ It’s been built. Will the market come?” n About the Author: Ray Bodwell is North Ameri- can market- ing manager for DuPont Packaging Graphics. Additional information and resources pertaining to continuous print photopolymer sleeves can be found at www.cyrel.com or feel free to contact Ray directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Inometa’s Appleton plant, exterior and shopfloor views. A Continuous Print Veteran Plastic Packaging, Inc., a mid-sized flexographic flex- ible packaging printer, located in Hickory, NC, serves a broad range of medium and high-end markets; including: candy and snack food, pet care, lawn and garden, per- sonal care and consumer products. • PPI has eight presses, including three Bobst/F & K sleeve presses • An early adopter of Cyrel® Round in North America, PPI now has more than five-year’s experience printing with continuous print sleeves • Press ready sleeves are supplied by Southern Graphic Systems, which built an on-site plate and sleeve pro- cessing facility specifically to serve the needs of PPI “ We were one of the first to really commit to an in-the- round (ITR) workflow and it has worked out very well for us” noted Preston Bryant, vice president of manufacturing for PPI. “ We started out slowly, but we’re to a point where al- most one third of our jobs go ITR. We like sleeves because they changeover and run faster than flat plates, but they ’re also more expensive; so we don’t use them for everything. However, if the jobs have long run lengths or multiple re- runs, sleeves quickly pay for themselves.” “ Pressroom productivity is not the only consideration when it comes to sleeve use,” Bryant continued. “ T he print quality with continuous print sleeves is excellent. That gives us some com- petitive advantage and even allows us to go head- to-head with gravure. Our flexo industry peers have also recognized the quality that we’re capable of, and we were honored to win the Best of Show Award in the Mid-Web division of the FTA’s 2012 Excellence in Flexography competition.” March2012 2012ExcEllEncEinFlExographyawardsrEcap Best of Show 2012 ExcEllEncE in FlExography awards rEcap Best of Show 2012 ExcEllEncE in FlExography awards rEcap Best of Show excellence awards Process, Film Gold & Best of Show Disney Take Along Treat Pack Plastic Packaging, Inc. Prepress: In-house Plates: Continuous Photopolymer Sleeve Thickness: .082 in. Mounting: Video Press Type& Mfr.: Central Impression, Fischer &Krecke InkType& InkSystem: Solvent, Doctor Bladed Speed &Plate Screen Count: 1,000 fpm, 133 lpi Sequence: Line black, process black,process cyan, process magenta, process yellow, white Comments:Thisjob was difficulttoprint and register due to number of elements involved. Print required very soft vignettes in characters and clouds combined with solid areas. Very small character details are clear and in excellent register GOLD AWARD GOLD AWARD GOLD AWARD mid web 58 FleXo march 2012 www.flexography.org SL Lamination, Dry bond Lamination, Wet Bond Lamination, PSA, Cold Seal, Primers, Heat Seals, Lacquering, Thermoplastics, Energy Cured, more coatings... Flexible packaging, Pharmaceutical, Security, Thermal insulation, Photovoltaic, Windows film, Tamper evident, Wiring, Labels, Wine caps, and more industries... NORDMECCANICA Spa Strada dell’Orsina, 16 29100 Piacenza - Italy phone 0039 0523 596411 telefax 0039 0523 612051 email@example.com NORDMECCANICA N.A., Ltd. 250H Executive Drive, Edgewood 11717 New York - Usa phone 001 631 242 9898 - telefax 001 631 242 9899 firstname.lastname@example.org Nordmeccanica N.A. Ltd is a full service company for USA, CANADA and MEXICO MEET US AT: www.nordmeccanica.com 30 FLEXO februAry 2013 www.flexography.org