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FLEXO Magazine : February 2013
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Changing the Face of the Industry Q: What effect will HD corrugated have on the industry? A: The demand for HD corrugated is enormous and growing. The volume of printed area on corrugated containers is absolutely staggering. Preprint in high definition will effectively satisfy this growing demand and ultimately change this facet of the corrugated industry by preprinting the required images and then combining into corrugated sheets for the box plant to convert. Added advantages to the box plant include cost avoidance of expensive printing equipment, associated plate and ink considerations, avoidance of the disciplines associated with print and much greater converting efficiencies. Ulti- mate recognition of HD will be when the retailer specifies where the boxes come from. Q: What are the print consequences of the trend to lighter weight liners? A: Relative to preprint: nothing. Relative to postprint: significant. Lighter weight liners compound the exist- ing challenges of corrugating a printable flat sheet, that is, without washboard characteristics, potential hot plate damage that comes from the corrugating process, caliper stability, etc., all of which are compounded by the use of lighter weight substrates. Preprint is emerging as a better solution from a printing point of view because it does not experience the above board related issues. Q: How does CSI control its process? A: The integration of key participating elements and their respective suppliers is combined into our pro- cess. For example, the most qualified people in ink are the chosen ink supplier relative to their product. Their skills, their knowledge, will never be paralleled by those conduct- ing the process. They are the specialists in their discipline and their governing of matters relating to ink defines their participation as partners in the process. Similarly, the plate maker will govern all the plates because his/her skill set will always be superior. He/she is respon- sible for plates, their production and performance. What is most important is, partnering with the right (best) suppliers and acknowledging their expertise is another contributing factor in achieving corrugated in HD. Q: What will make a successful printing facility? A: In a word: stability. In order to have a successful printing facility, there must be stability in ink; stability in substrate; stability in plates; stability in anilox rolls; stabil- ity in press conditions; stability in environment, including temperature and cleanliness; and, most importantly, the support of management or structure that allows for suc- cess. By creating relationships with suppliers that bring stability to the manufacturing process. All participating elements must be stable. If you change nothing, nothing changes. If you change anything, everything changes. Q: How do you differentiate printing today from print- ing in the future? A: Printing today versus printing in HD are those extra steps, those extra disciplines, the autonomous press operations, seeing what is happening at a micro-level on a continuous basis and correcting for any changes on a continuous basis, so variation is transparent. CSI’s process and the data it gathers from its measure- ment technologies and their interface with corrective remedial activity on a continuous basis is key. This is about empirical data and audited data streams; not only on the measurement of quality, but how much time is being spent, how much paper is being processed and how much ink is being used as measures of excellence. This data is enormously important to a manufacturing pro- cess, but it should also go with the product to those who are investing in the results on a continuous basis, so they have the tools to measure performance in quality, performance in yield and performance in waste. We adhere to one uncompromised position, namely: “Pro- cess rules!” In quality, process rules. In quantity, process rules. To succeed in both, in a predictable, reliable manner, you must have total control. Q: What will be the environmental impact of this pro- cess for the box industry? A: Since everything is measured and tracked in the en- tire process, we can control all the elements. 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