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FLEXO Magazine : March 2013
to247fpmat600x600dpi,withanim- aging width up to 13.3 -in. Coupling that with no stoppage required for image changes and SKUs, colors, designs and print jobs can change on the fly. “T hat type of technology, which requires no plates to make or inventory, could have a huge impact by making it much easier and cost-effective for printers and converters to go after new business,” Meyers explains. “If anything, with that type of speed and capability, it gives good reason for business owners of flexo presses to pause and think of digital in a whole new way. “ ENHANCED FLEXO Digital printing will not be replacing flexo printing anytime soon. But, that does not mean that many flexo printers should ignore the process all together. Merging the two technologies into a cohesive method is the next chal- lenge and there are a number of op- tions available. “In today ’s economy, turning away customers is not an option,” says Mark Vanover, vice president sales and mar- keting, Allen Datagraph Systems. “One way to broaden your customer base is by augmenting – not replacing – a cur- rent flexo system.” While digital presses have a relatively small output in relation to most flexo presses, it is important to define size. “ When we discuss the size of a print job, it is important to quantify the mean- ing of ‘small,’” explains Vanover. And while there is no small job (each is important), “small” to one firm can be large for another. But, it is imperative in today ’s business climate to become flexible, versatile and accommodating. “If a company wants 250,000 labels, a flexo printer is perfect. But, if that same firm wants to test a new, but shorter run, the original printer does not want to turn www.flexography.org march 2013 FLEXO 59 2013 OPERATION AL EXCELLENCEANDLEANM AN UFACTURING 2013 Continuous Improvement Conference April 7–10 Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana Refining Your Business The only conference for the printing industry focused on Lean Manufacturing, process improvement, corporate culture, and operational excellence. www.printing.org/ciconference Experience keynote sessions at the 2013 CI Conference that can make a difference for your company: s Capturing the Workforce and Creativity Dr. Alan G. Robinson, authority on corporate innovation and improvement s A Day in the Life of a Lean Supervisor Mike Wroblewski, Kaizen Institute USA s Lean Management—Staying on Course with Improvement Goals Jim Lancaster, Lantech allen Datagraph iaXXIS hS Finisher allen Datagraph iaXXIS hS Finisher