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FLEXO Magazine : January 2014
INDUSTRY INDICATORS Process Control, Hybrid Equipment, Continuous Improvement Automated Functions—From Prepress to Finishing—Are Critical to Success By Mary Sullivan From the perspective of a press designer and manufac- turer, the printing, packaging and converting industry has been experiencing a significant evolution over the past few years. Two primary influences have impacted the fu- ture, namely: major global economic drivers that have forced change in manufacturing principles and practices, and digital printing technology in the label and package printing market segments. Their substantial impact has opened up new opportunities for improvement and growth. New machine designs have revived the livelihood of con- verters, driving more profitability through indepth analysis of technology and redefining traditional workflows and how they impact margin and cost control. Converters continue to improve their workflows, productivity measurements and reg- ularly examine their business processes, now more than ever. Technology that reduces the total cost of production has become the priority for leading label and package printers. Press builders who deliver new and innovative printing plat- forms with automation as well as on board quantitative and qualitative technology tools are what converters are invested in. This has been the driving force behind Mark Andy ’s—and POWERFUL, INTUITIVE CONTROLS AT CONVERTERS’ FINGERTIPS • Major global economic drivers have forced change in manufacturing principles and practices • Strong impact of digital printing technology opened up new opportunities for improvement • Machine designs revived the livelihood of converters, driving more profitability and redefining workflows and their impact on margin and cost control • Technology that reduces the total cost of production has become the priority • Press builders who deliver new and innovative printing platforms with automation, as well as quantitative and qualitative technology tools, are what converters are invested in • Suppliers must deliver solutions that drive process control, consistency and standardization, packaged together with adoptable workflows and lean solutions www.flexography.org JANUARY 2014 FLEXO 39