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FLEXO Magazine : March 2013
A completely electric dryer solution powered by a variable speed hybrid compressor supplies heated air to the dual zone controlled platform. Be- cause of its quiet operation, the hybrid compressor can be located press side, which equates to significant energy sav- ings in retained compressed air heat. The eight dryer nozzles between every color and an optional 10-foot long after dryer all blowing hot air at 68,000 fpm on the web ensures a thoroughly dried print job. SETUP & AUTOMATION A press only makes money when it’s running. Since the changing industry is gravitating toward shorter and shorter runs, this means more downtime and changeover waste. Utilizing automatic job setup systems to get the machine running sellable print faster is how to stay competitive. A press with the previously mentioned capabilities allows for complete storage and recall of deck positioning, dryer set- tings, material settings, and ink settings. This means at the push of a button the press will return to the state it was in when the job was last run. In the case of a first-time job, au- tomatic impression and registration systems kick in to get the machine into production in fewer than two press lengths of material. The automatic impression system will measure and adjust impressions using nothing more than the same control system used to run the machine, eliminating any extra systems or components to maintain. And, all this is done without material even moving. Once the impression is set, the machine starts running and sen- sors progressively trigger deck position- ing to dial in registration by as little as five full repeats. All that remains is a quick inspection via the vision system, possible finetun- ing, and turning the speed up. Oh yeah, and making money. POSITION STATEMENT The flexo industry has been pretty segmented when it comes to job widths. Less than 30-in wide offers a much dif- ferent machine platform than over 40-in. While the basic principles of machine operation are very similar, the technol- ogy and implementation are not. Most companies have followed one investment path or the other. Few have walked both. There is a certain amount of fear in even considering the other Automation allows certain systems to be set to “cruise control” while the operator focuses on other things. www.flexography.org Expanded By Popular Demand April 29–30, 2013 San Diego, CA Have You Heard? • The printers/converters are coming • Registrations up 100% from this time last year • INFO*FLEX adds 15 new exhibit spaces Reserve your booth space NOW. Rates (per 10’ x 10’ booth package): FTA Member: $2,950 Non-member: $5,400 Contact Jay Kaible, FTA Director of Membership & Business Development, at email@example.com or call 631-737-6020 ext. 20 S haded a r eas indicate booth space S OLD B a r B a r B a r 15boothsadded www.flexography.org mArch 2013 FLEXO 51 BETTER TOGETHER CyberXtendTM Makes It Easy to Combine Multiple Jobs onto the Same Press Run Vibrant Process Reproductions Inventory Reduction Reduced Ink Waste Faster Turnover