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FLEXO Magazine : August 2013
FTA TODaY publisher’s ink FTA Board of Directors FFTA Board of Trustees Choices & Challenges No wonder, flexographers are consumed by capacity, capabilities, comfort zones, customization and convenience. Those five Cs apply to all aspects of the operation—starting with the obvious. As we all know, “Nobody can print anything without some kind of press!” D Given these concerns, the challenge is clear: “Make choices and apply configuration strategies to the most cherished and essential pieces of equipment—the printing presses and their add-on components—that will deliver value to customers.” In this, 5th Annual Press Buyers’ Guide / Converting Equipment Selector, FLEXO examines the features and functions that are helping flexographers eliminate variables from the process and enhance the performance of their press and, as a result, their plant. ESSENTIAL CHECKLIST As our readers stand committed to continuous innovation, they deploy solutions designed and devised to improve the production process. These might range from short web paths, shallow ink trains and integrated impression cylinders to superior electronics and multi-process printing. Speed and savings is the name of the game. Feedback, culled over the past 60 months, speaks to converters’ expectations when upgrading to state-of-the-art technology. They insist the best, most suitable presses and integrated converting machinery for their operation must: deliver a competitive edge; be easy to use, install and maintain; recover costs in reasonable time; resolve safety concerns; minimize environmental impact and enhance capabilities; promote productivity and improve quality. Printing and finishing methods have come to rely on multipurpose, ergonomic, operator or user-friendly machines. Single-pass production is increasingly called for. Flexibility and balance are essential skill sets, as more and more printers engage in multi-process work and join components like laminators, die cutters, slitters and in-line coaters to the press. FORM & FUNCTIONALITY Modularity is proving essential to modern day pressroom man/machine interfaces. Automation now applies to standard functions of the press—registration, impression, viscosity, tension. Adoption of 100 percent inspection and print fault detection systems is growing and application of in-line color management modules is gaining popularity. Future provisions that will allow printers to retrofit existing machinery and introduce additional client-focused services are being made with eyes forever fixated on quick returns on investment. Faster speeds and higher quality have been attained and will be maintained. Converters today are exercising a wide variety of options with which to customize their presses. Multi-faceted objectives drive each and every buying decision, namely: increased productivity; reduced waste and predictable, repeatable, consistent finished packages. Among FTA members, that’s a very familiar refrain. iversify production. Adapt to requirements. Print long- and short-runs. Produce millions of impressions at high speed and do it over and over again— today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Talk about challenges! Jim Nelson Chairman, FFTA Board of Trustees Great Lakes Packaging Corporation Lon Robinson III Chairman, FTA Board of Directors Tension Corporation Allen Marquardt FFTA Chair Elect Kimberly-Clark Corporation Dan Doherty FTA/FFTA Treasurer Prairie State Group Jason Barrier FFTA Vice Chair, Project Evaluations Printpack Danny Christianson FFTA Vice Chair, Scholarships Farnell Packaging Ltd. John Crammer FTA Vice Chair, Education/CPCs Best Label Jack Fulton FTA Vice Chair, Suppliers Printron Michael Reinhardt FFTA Vice Chair, Solicitations Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation Hank Welter FTA Vice Chair, Printers/Converters Exopack Mark Cisternino President Flexographic Technical Association Peter Hartman Polymount U.S., LLC Ian Hole Esko Eric Jones The Label Company Kelly Roberts Canflexographics Mary Sullivan Mark Andy Inc. Howard B. Vreeland, Jr. Anderson & Vreeland Incorporated FLEXO Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee Richard Cervarich DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes All Printing Resources Jean Jackson Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys Staples Print Solutions John Meyer Color Resolutions International David Nunez International Paper John Paine C-P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson Encore Washington Ltd 8 FleXO august 2013 www. f le xography. org