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FLEXO Magazine : March 2013
• Fewer press stops for cleaning – less downtime and startup waste • Reduces fill-in of screens on plate and dirty printing • Optimized for Flat Top Dots and HD flexo Engineered specifically to improve ink transfer and stay cleaner longer The NEW nyloflex® ACE plates Take advantage of the NEW nyloflex® ACE Plates See for yourself Flint Group Flexographic Products T +1 704 504 2626 firstname.lastname@example.org www.flintgrp.com Allnamesmarkedwith®areregisteredtrademarksandRelyonus.SMisaservicemarkofFlintGroup. The NEW Don’t Stop the Press! To receive a free trial case of the NEW nyloflex® ACE plates, scan the QR code or visit our website www.flintgrp.com Engineered specifically to improve ink transfer and stay cleaner longer 121206_ACE_QRcode_8,5x11,125.indd 1 06.12.2012 17:36:49 seamed sample without having to run the label through the en- tire process of printing, slitting, seaming, inspection and cutting. The sample maker was developed to mimic a seaming machine without the cost of a full production run. This desktop unit has adjustable arms that are set to the correct layflat size for the label. Once the correct size is achieved, forming arms hold the sleeve in place while an applicator pen is used to apply the solvent. Next the sleeve is removed from the forming arms and placed into a sidebar that holds it into place while it is cut with a hand tool. The final sample is as strong as a machine based solvent sample and can be run through any heat tunnel or shrinking process. CONSULTING & TRAINING More and more converters are finding the need to get help from outside firms to improve with processes or equipment selection/training. Vendors in the market are more than willing to provide you with help including a shrink sleeve equipment manufacturer, press manufacturer, film supplier or ink supplier. There are also consulting firms that specialize in the shrink sleeve market. They help to ensure that when entering the shrink sleeve market you have everything you need to be suc- cessful. They also offer an unbiased opinion when it comes to equipment and software selection. This helps an entry-level converter weigh all the options and select the equipment that’s appropriate for their business needs. Once this equipment is purchased, a consulting firm can help train employees and setup quality control processes that will save time and money in future operations. Oftentimes, these same consulting firms offer yearly packages that pro- vide onsite visits and 24 hour/7day support to converters that need this type of assistance. When entering into the shrink sleeve market, it’s best to do your research before spending money on equipment or services you don’t need. Knowing your customer is a place to start, but knowing your equipment, software, substrate and consulting options can move you ahead of the competition and make your ventures profitable long before others entering the industry. n About the Authors: Scott Ryback and his father Ron Ryback own Ryback and Ryback Inc. , based in Monroe, NC. Founded in 2000, R&R Inc. provides services and consulting to the packaging, printing and convert- ing industry. Ryback and Ryback recently opened a Technical Service Center in Monroe to provide customers an unbiased shrink sleeve trial facility for small orders, test runs & training. This service center will allow customers the opportunity for doing film trials, solvent trials, small seaming orders, seaming operator training, and sales training. It will also service as the facility where R&R will design and test new products to make producing shrink sleeves much easier. Desktop unit sample making machine. 44 FLEXO march 2013 www.flexography.org