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FLEXO Magazine : February 2014
to some form of database that can capture and store data specific to a job. However, some may not have under- stood the versatility of digital data when making the switch and thus simply replicated their handwritten forms in a digital environment. When specifying the position of an eyespot on a package, for example, these companies may have used a text field that gives the order taker freedom to type any string of characters. The problem with this, of course, is trying to build automation rules on something that could literally contain any combina- tion of letters and numbers. "The information required to auto- mate certain tasks is rarely all in the same place, or in the format required for automation," Rottenborn advises. "JDF or XML workflow automation is a great example---the workflow param- eters required for automation are far beyond what exists in the MIS or job ticket." When implementing automation, think about the data you will need to drive the required rules you will want to build. And remember that all of the data may not be stored in the same location. Build smart data when possible and look for tools and solutions from vendors that might help you access and refor- mat data from multiple sources. PLAN PROPERLY Remember that successful auto- mation deployments, like any major project, always begin with proper planning. Form a team, brainstorm, chart workflows and think big; but roll it out in baby steps. You're looking to empower employees to focus on the critical pieces, cutting out the repetitive and error prone steps. You're not creat- ing an automated prepress factory that runs itself. With time, planning and the right people involved, automation will begin to yield cost savings, faster turnaround times and employees that can leave the robot work for the robots. About the Author: Tyler Mills works as special projects manager for Cyber Graphics in Memphis, TN. He graduat- ed from Clemson University in 2006 with a degree in Graphic Communications. He's led a number of internal projects around quality management, workflow optimization, scheduling and color profiling, and he has written several articles for FLEXO® Magazine. Cyber Graphics is a privately owned trade shop with locations in Memphis, TN; Cleveland, OH; Neenah, WI; and Milwaukee, WI. The company strives to serve the premedia and media needs of customers worldwide by blending design creativity and skillful expertise with the technological requirements of flexographic printing. Specialties range from creative design and digital photography to food styling, production art, color manage- ment, workflow, plate making and laser engraving. Cyber has successfully executed more than 4,500 packages across many regional and private label brands using their CyberXtend expand- ed gamut system. www.flexography.org FEBRUARY 2014 FLEXO 51 See what we've engineered at rotoflex.com LEADERS BY DESIGN The experience of over 7,000 installations has taught us that precision engineering and true partnership keep you moving forward. And that's how you become a leader: by design. PERFORMANCE. PRECISION. PRODUCTIVITY. IT'S ROTOFLEX.