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FLEXO Magazine : September 2013
ON THE RECORD To “ wow ” their customers and grow the business, printers stand intent on: • Improving quality • Accelerating turnarounds • Reducing costs • Using modern plate technologies More surprising responses pointed to improving customer service experiences along with offering innovative solutions aimed at expanding market penetration and producing new product prototyping. Customer requests hinted at commonality across most market segments. Popular demands cited: • Quicker turnaround times on shorter runs at lower prices (the most popular response) • Innovations in label and package appearance and functionality • More challenging graphic elements • Improved color accuracy and consistency • Conformity to food safety regulations Prevalent strategies now being applied to automating and standardizing pressroom workflow incorporated these ideas: • Better communication between customer, prepress pro- vider and printer (the most popular answer) • A need for improved proofing methods and equipment • Better proof-to-print matching • A desire to bring many tasks in-house instead of farming them out • More automation of file processing to minimize manual errors Plastic Packaging, Inc. , Hickory, NC SURVEY SNAPSHOT 72% Converters Reporting 2013 Sales Growth 86% Printers Experiencing Five Years of Better Bottom Lines 92% Flexible Packaging Plants Citing Five-Year Growth Patterns 88% Label Converters Continually Building Business: 2008-2013 52% Flexible Packaging Customers Demanding Expanded Gamut Printing 16% Label Makers Listing Excessive Downtime as #1 Concern 65% Label Printers Ranking Decorative Processes as #1 Customer Request 2-7 Days Average Turnaround Time “WOW” Factors Quality, Speed, Cost, State-of-The-Art Technology 26 FLEXO sePtember 2013 www.flexography.org FLEXOGRAPHY: + The ARTof the corrugated printer The SCIENCE of the flexo rollers It takes more than ink on a press to deliver the impact and emotion designed into today’s packaging. The artists of flexographic printing know that variation in temperature, humidity, substrates and a host of other conditions will affect the quality of their work. They have an eye for consistency and the insight to know that the cleanliness of lines, the accuracy of colors and the softness of feathered shades can make or break a press run. When these elements are addressed and the presses are finely tuned, the craftsmen running them can create masterworks. To stay profitable, you know your flexographic presses need consistent uptime and higher speeds. The anilox rollers and other components that keep the substrate flowing through your presses are only as good as the science behind them – the science of precision: Balanced and matched rollers, an absolute necessity. Cell geometries engineered to make the most of ink using precise volumes and line counts. And all produced by skilled technicians who build to exacting OEM dimensional and TIR specifications. When the rollers are right, there’s nothing that can stop your presses. When the artistry of printing and the science of rollers find balance, the result is a beautiful and profitable outcome. See us at CorrExpo booth #514, call us or visit our website to learn more about what the science of flexography from ARC International can do to enhance the art in your production. Booth #514 Platinum Sponsor The science behind flexo ARCInternational.com 800-526-4569 Charlotte, NC Las Vegas, NV Dallas, TX Mexico • Canada HV Extended Cell HG 60o Cell