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FLEXO Magazine : August 2013
the web that the image will transfer to. Nothing stays in the casting film, so it can be rewound and reused. Gravure, long resisted in the narrow web print world, is beginning to find the door opening. Fixed-in-place or movable gravure stations offer heavy and consistent lay down of inks and coatings. Hot Melt Systems can be used for localized or overall ap- plication of adhesive coats. Printers have moved to combine in-line pressure sensitive adhesive coating with a valued-add- ed decoration process–all in a single pass machine. Finishing Systems include traditional rotary die cutting systems that are running wrap-around tooling, as well as laser die cutting, which has found its way onto conventional printing presses. The same holds for sheeting, plow folding, batching and stacking and in-line laminating. We see semi-rotary conventional printing presses, old and new, in our market today, utilizing any combination of offset, letterpress, screen, and flexo. These systems were the fore- runners to the digital decorating and finishing systems in use by digital printers today. FORWARD THINKING It is important for the narrow web printer to keep and eye on the environment. One recent example of this is the new thinner face sheets and thin liner available that can reduce the waste stream. These new materials may need new equip- ment and process approaches to make ICTs effective. Today ’s servo drives and control systems allow ICTs to be integrated into older existing narrow web presses. The oppor- tunity to extend the useful life of the existing asset base can be a real plus for your business. ICTs on today ’s narrow web presses are there to satisfy end-customer’s requirements. Label and packaging print buyers have seconds to captivate the buying consumer, so he/she continues to get more creative in his/her request for innovative and eye-catching product decoration. Narrow web printers, by their nature, have always been classified as a group of adventurous entrepreneurs; risk taking comes natu- rally to them. In the end, this benefits all of us and will help keep the narrow web industry vibrant for years to come. n About the Author: Dennis “Denny ” McGee is president of MPS LLC, Brookfield, WI. He served on FTA’s Board of Directors and FFTA’s Board of Trustees for six years and was inducted into FTA’s Hall of Fame in 2005. His experience in flexography, notably the narrow web business segment, dates back four decades. McGee has been a frequent con- tributor to FLEXO Magazine, as well as a recurring speaker at FTA’s Annual Forum. 48 FLEXO august 2013 www.flexography.org Boost your bottom line with packaging supplies from Agfa Pitman. Innovative packaging solutions from Agfa Pitman help keep you running at top performance. Our broad portfolio, nationwide coverage, outstanding support and experienced, local technical packaging experts, will differentiate your company from the competition, increase your productivity and efficiency while growing your bottom line. • Integrate your systems and optimize production processes by reducing waste, turnaround time and inventory • Deliver higher quality, eye-catching packaging using industry-leading products and technology Agfa Pitman represents world-class manufacturers including DuPont, Esko, 3M and Toray. Produce more powerful packaging messages. That’s what you get from Agfa Pitman. Contact us at: 800-526-5441 x 857-2452 www.agfapitman.com The quality you see at the front of the line is the quality you get at the end of the line. CHECK OUT OUR NEW E-STORE shop.agfapitman.com