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FLEXO Magazine : November 2013
mark andy Goes digital While still embracing Flexo ST. LOUIS, MO—Beta sites have been identified. First units are set for installation next month. Thanks to a newly designed hybrid platform, Mark Andy’s initial foray into the digital print world is set to begin. And still, industry stalwart flexography remains a critical compo- nent of the multi-process machine. The new Digital Series promises to deliver a new and technically advanced total solution for label and package printers and converters. At the core of the Digital Series is a unique and flexible “hybrid” platform designed to yield significantly more revenue in less time, using less space, less equipment and less labor. It combines the economies and productive advantages of all-digital work- flows, digital inkjet printing and flexo printing processes, delivering a dynamic approach to vastly minimize job changeover times and maximize SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Die) principles of lean production. “The Digital Series is not a single product or machine, but a group of machine solutions providing varying degrees of performance at different price points,” says Mark Andy. “Coupled with the added configurability of fully advanced, integrated and automated in-line flexo- graphic printing and converting, the result is a high-per- formance, full-color (C, M, Y, K, O, V + W) inkjet or hybrid system with running speeds of more than 200 fpm.” Available for a range of web widths beginning with 13- in., it accommodates a host of substrates from sophis- ticated packaging materials to films to traditional pres- sure-sensitive label stocks. The Digital Series, targeted at reducing the total cost per label or unit, a significant driving factor for any converter, offers automated inkjet technology, easy functionality, higher rated run speeds, simplicity of operations and extreme flexibility. The line will be commercially available in North America in the spring of 2014 and to the rest of world later in the year. Ws Packaging unveils new business units GREEN BAY, WI—WS Packaging Group, Inc. has realigned its product offerings into four new groups to more effectively com- municate its focus on packaging and branding solutions. The corporate brand- ing umbrella remains WS Packaging Group Inc. The four product groups are: • WSPackaging&Label • WSPromotion • WSAutomation • WSTechnology Flint invests in nilpeter Combo Press TRELLEBORG, Sweden—Flint Group Narrow Web has invested in a new Nilpeter combination press for the company’s Centre of Technical Excellence in Trelleborg, Sweden. The new press will focus on running ink testing, often in cooperation with substrate suppliers, but also key accounts of Flint Group Narrow Web will be offered a platform for testing and training. Flint Group will host a series of training seminars starting in early 2014, on subjects like short-run packaging as well as an introduc- tion to UV LED printing. Cenveo sells envelope division to ennis STAMFORD, CT—Cenveo recently announced it has executed a letter of intent to sell its Custom Envelope Division (CED) to Ennis, Inc., a manufacturer of printed business products and apparel, headquar- tered in Midlothian, TX, for approximately $47 million in cash and the assumption of certain trade liabilities. Robert G. Burton, Sr., the company’s chairman and CEO said, “This divestiture allows Cenveo to focus on our direct and office product envelope businesses, our integration of National Envelope and our other core operations.” mYThs WanTed Do you have a flexo myth that you’re looking to clear up once and for all? We’re looking to tackle some of the common (and not so common) fallacies associated with the flexographic printing process. The place: Fo- rum 2014 “Breaking New Ground.” T he session: Flexo Mythbusters. The dates: April 27-30 , 2014. Submit your myths to Sharon Cox, FTA director of marketing, at email@example.com and then plan to attend Forum in Baltimore, MD as we lay them to rest. indUSTrY indICATOrS FTA to break new ground At Forum 2014 BOHEMIA, NY—Shake things up. Do things never done be- fore. Advance beyond previous achievements. Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) 2014 Annual Forum, themed “Breaking New Ground,” promises to do just that over the course of four days, April 27-30 , in Baltimore, MD . The largest annual gathering of the package printing and converting marketplace is determined to deliver compelling educational content, business-building networking and the “ aha” moments that have built this annual conference from an intimate gathering of 300 flexographers in 1959, to an event of global proportions that today—54 years later—con- tinually attracts some 1,700 of the industry ’s trendsetters and their protégés. CriTiCAL mArKeT inTeLLigenCe Forum 2014 will truly be a revolutionary experience. On the roster: fresh, cutting-edge sessions that will impart new theories, new research and new practices to an audience hungry to learn how to improve their process, productivity and the all-important bottom line. • Printers will share the means by which they incorporate OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) to manage their pressrooms more effectively • Print buyers will offer their unique perspectives and expe- riences with regard to expanded gamut printing • Researchers will extend the dialogue into new and emerging markets that will be of critical importance to stakeholders looking to position their business for future growth One exciting, interactive session, dubbed “Flexo Myth- busters,” will tackle and debunk the fallacies and fables associated with flexographic printing. Three concurrent sessions (Tag & Label, Flexible Packaging and Corrugated) will be incorporated into the program to ad- dress specific concerns, challenges and opportunities facing those market segments. Finally, those new to the industry will extract value from detailed discussions on the fundamentals in the Flexography 101 and 102 sessions. Program development is being led by Forum Chairs Pepper Stokes of Robbie Fantastic Flexibles and Jessica Harkins of Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. Abstract review, speaker selection and session format determination is underway. The ultimate objective: build a top-notch, groundbreaking agenda for launch in April 2014. neW Logo, LoCALe What’s more, in a radical departure from tradition, the annual event boasts a new emblem that now serves as the official Forum logo for 2014 and beyond. The insignia will aid in building a consistent and recognizable brand for FTA’s largest educational and networking conference of the year. Finally, in its entire 54-year history, an FTA Forum has never taken place in Baltimore. The city ’s picturesque, downtown Inner Harbor District is a prime business and cultural area close to the famous Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Stadium. This convenient and easily accessible locale makes it an attractive and affordable destination for flexography ’s main event. Coinciding with Forum 2014 is its sister event, the INFO*FLEX Exhibition, “A Gold Mine of Solutions.” Taking place April 28 and 29 at the Baltimore Convention Center, attendees can anticipate a bustling convention hall occupied by more than 230 of the industry ’s top suppliers and their so- lutions, providing for two days of intensive networking activity and side-by-side comparisons of the latest technology. For more information about FTA’s 2014 Annual Forum or its INFO*FLEX Exhibition, visit www.flexography.org or contact Sharon Cox, FTA director of marketing at 631-737-6020, ext. 46 or firstname.lastname@example.org 10 FLeXO NOVEMbEr 2013 www.flexography.org www.flexography.org NOVEMbEr 2013 FLeXO 11 PRessinG issues