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FLEXO Magazine : June 2013
Plants & Processes Packaging Workflow: Automation Your Way! reduce cycle time, eliminate Human error, Maximize resources By Michael Bialko Successful flexo packaging printers are responding to demands for increased shelf impact and shorter time to market, as well single-unit packages, and packag- ing with properties that lengthen shelf life and make distri- bution easier. How are they doing it? The answer to driving consistent quality, profitable short-runs, accurately predicting press results and controlling costs in flexo printing is: custom- ized workflow automation. Our friends in commercial and digital printing have been boasting for a while now about how workflow automation has been dramatically reducing their costs and increasing their bottom lines, while packaging printers have been longing for these capabilities. Our wait is over. Automation that has completely transformed commercial and digital printing over the past decade is available right now in flexo packaging print production. In order to deliver the greatest results, workflow automation must be defined specifically for every unique printing environ- ment. There simply is no off-the-shelf solution to fit the masses and drive the required results around flexibility, quality and output. Successful workflow automation is about simplification, system integration and being able to predict results by apply- ing what has been learned through past processes. For example: The success of KODAK PRINERGY Workflow is due to the simplification of processes to increase produc- tion performance, quality and maximize resources. PRINER- GY POWERPACK Workflow provides packaging printers the same proven principles enjoyed by their commercial counter- Simplification & SyStem integration • Workflow automation must be defined specifically for every unique printing environment • There simply is no off-the-shelf solution to fit the masses and drive the required results around flexibility, quality and output • “Intelligent Automation” offers the ability to create workflows that can respond to events in the system as they occur • Each company’s unique processes, systems and equipment can be automated to ensure jobs flow seamlessly through production with minimal intervention. It really is just about the project approval process and creative control of the artwork used in each job • Ensure that the right file is submitted in the right format and prepared the right way, then sent directly to your workflow for automatic, intelligent job processing 36 FLEXO June 2013 www.flexography.org Here is an example of one of the rBa rules inside PrInerGY PoWerPacK Workflow that is designed to automatically generate a layout for a job. using XMl data from the MIs system, the workflow can automatically output the job choosing the correct lPI, curve, and screening needed. EXTRUSION | PRINTING | CONVERTING Superior craftsmanship and an artisan’s approach to printing. Food packaging with imagery that makes your mouth water. Take Sunshine Plastics and add a CI press from W&H and you’ve got a winning combination. GOLDAWARDGOLDAWARDGOLDAWARD Congratulations to all the winners of the 2013 Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) Excellence in Flexography Awards. Sunshine Plastics of Montebello, CA won Best of Show and Gold in the wide-web category for this outstanding wrapper for Duck a L’Orange, printed on a W&H 10-color press. 23 New England Way · Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 - 4252 Phone: 800 - 854 - 8702 · email@example.com · www.whcorp.com Windmoeller & hoelscher