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FLEXO Magazine : July 2008
PLANTS & PROCESSES VI VI III It: a. III It: a. Autumn Graphics Embraces Platemaking Innovation D edicated employees at Autumn Graphics, London, ON, Canada, know that their customers rely on them to provide the highest quality prepress and platemaking services. That's why this FTA-member company utilizes the lat- est equipment and solutions to deliver unsurpassed results. An independent, privately owned firm, founded in 1982, Autumn Graphics specializes in prepress production, plate production, and graphics management services for consumer products goods companies, converters, printers and advertising agencies. It focuses on adopting the best products and processes avail- able, thereby enabling its customers to remain focused on the actual printing and converting process. "We've been at this a long time. Every day we learn more about the flexo platemaking process and bring that growing knowledge to the services we of- fer our customers," said Ben Abray, president, Autumn Graphics. "With the variety of jobs that we handle, our operators know the most efficient approach to produce plates will yield high quality, repeatable results on-press, while at the same time greatly reduce the need for on press adjustments and compensations." Abray noted that customers benefit because their platemaking costs are fixed, meaning they only pay for the plates and services they need and don't have to carry an equipment investment that mayor may not achieve the desired ROI as technology continues - to change. Working with a partner that understands the tech- nology and is able to serve as a dedicated resource leaves the customer free to address the other issues that playa role in the print job. Whether the goal is to produce a label, tape or package where low cost is the most important feature, or to produce a top-qual- ity package where color, appearance and compliance are critical, Autumn Graphics can utilize the most appropriate equipment to meet the customer need. "Whereas some print service providers or converters view the plate production process as a formulaic step in production, we, as an outside supplier, must offer the very best for our customers," added Abray. "The offerings in the industry for imaging plates are always improving with each new generation, and we follow those developments very closely, investing in the right technolo- gy at the right time and implementing those solutions to provide the best plates for our customers." ADVANTAGES IN IMAGING Because the flexo market is predominantly centered on nar- row- and mid-web presses, Autumn Graphics does most of its work for those press formats. Abray points out that flexo print- ing is actually on the rise in the packaging market, and his J U L Y 2008 www.flexography.org FLEXO
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