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FLEXO Magazine : February 2013
Plants & Processes High-End Graphics & Sophisticated Shapes ergonomics & Versatility in the corrugated Plant Exacting parameters are influencing packaging lines across the globe. Demand for one-pass printing, supplemented by in-line converting capabilities, is de- livering real-time benefits at corrugated plants. Today, servo technology, married to process controls and automated moni- toring mechanisms, are changing the face of the typical box plant and vastly improving the quality of the product it turns out. The process has become faster, more efficient, economi- cal and flexible at the same time. Operators are finding that ergonomics and versatility go hand-in-hand. Some 10 years ago, a number of pioneering corrugators in the United States requested packaging equipment lines featuring high graphics print. This demand led to develop- ment of flexo folder gluer and in-line rotary die cutters that capitalize on a servo-driven platform foundation that could be BOXMAKING MADE BETTER • Machine configurations evolve to meet changing market requirements • Dust is the enemy—engineers develop effective solutions • Robotized trollies simplify selection and placement of appropriate rolls • User-friendly operator interfaces speed setup, store jobs, copy data on demand • Consistent quality fits end-user specifications • In-line converting process is key to producing cost- effective packaging 50 FLEXO february 2013 www.flexography.org In-line rotary die cutter in High board line configuration. Photos: bobst.