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FLEXO Magazine : January 2014
TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES Remembering The Mid Web CI Press Changes in Supply Chain, Manufacturing Environment by Wallace Nard In North America, changing demographics are causing massive shifts in how packaging is developed, marketed and distributed. The baby boomer generation will be 76 million members strong by 2015 and is projected to control 53 percent of the $706 billion spent on groceries. Male boomers are now living to almost 75 years of age and female boomers are living to nearly 80. The growing aging population is an increasingly important consumer segment and is creating a demand for healthier foods and convenience packaging. This, combined with an “on the go” younger generation and a rise in the number of single person households, has created a demand for smaller portions and “ready to eat” foods. Taken together, this has all led to a change in consum- er purchasing habits. PATTERN CHANGES Changes in consumer purchasing have caused a shift in how and even where brand owners produce their product. Historically, long run orders have driven programs designed at making this volume work as efficiently and profitably as possible. Flexo presses that can run at faster than 2,000 fpm have entered the market in recent years, but the real ques- tion is: How does this fact line up with the change in order patterns? This question can best be answered depending on the type of flexible packing converter. The total output of packaging produced has increased; however, the total number of orders, as well as the distribution of those orders, has changed significantly. The number and WHY MID WEB? • Closer Tolerances • Faster Job Changes • Reduced Material Waste • Lower Production Costs • Faster Ink Changes 44 FLEXO JANUARY 2014 www.flexography.org An approach like that of KYMC’s mid web equals reduced capital equipment costs for a greater ROI. The turret unwind/rewind are located back to back in the center of the press.