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FLEXO Magazine : February 2013
and are not typically equipped to achieve highest graphics standards under the leadership of a professional printer. There is a long-held idea that box plants cannot print. These plants are adept at making enormous quantities of cor- rugated containers while printing has always been a second- ary consideration. CSI’s experience in direct print (postprint) brought it to the realization that success cannot be reliably achieved, due to the many constraints that come with a box plant environment. The solution was straightforward: remove printing from the box plant to a dedicated, professionally run preprint opera- tion, which is conducted in a clean, temperature-controlled environment. The processes, and its participating elements, are held to the highest achievable standards. From plate mounting and use practices to ink and color management, to anilox roll use, care and ink metering—all participating ele- ments are in a perfect balance and to the highest standards. AUTOMATED PROCESS CONTROLS While preprint has been in the industry for decades, it has not been tailored to changing needs of the major retail establishments. CSI is providing functional control capa- bility to an entirely different process where predictability, short runs, high service and just-in-time manufacturing practices are governed by inspection technologies. The process comes to fruition through autonomous press operations, where control of registra- tion, impression, color measurement and all necessary running adjustments are a reality. In addition, continuous run, order-to- order capability is achieved by using these automated process controls. An advantage and byproduct of these inter- nal process controls is governance and documentation of enormous amount of data relative to performance and waste. Corrugated in high definition is understanding and employing all the requirements of a process and achiev- ing the highest possible standards of excellence. This includes measuring the efficiencies and waste factors embodied in the production event. In other words: collecting empirical data, relative to the manufacturing process—i .e ., measuring efficiencies, waste, materials consumed, and time employed relative to volume produced. As a by-product of the assent of these elements, we will be an environ- mentally friendly operation. Corrugated in high definition is not just about the im- age, but how well the result is measured. ChALLENgES IN ThE PROCESS Presenting the idea of high definition within the corrugated industry has experienced some obstacles. The most prevalent is getting people to understand the process and how each component directly affects the final product. As the saying goes, “We are all prisoners of our experience.” This statement reflects the need for CSI to present its concept in a way that others can relate. www.flexography.org february 2013 FLEXO 53 CONPrINTa IMD 2012 in 3D Printing unit with open cladding for easy access in CONPrINTa’s Test Center