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FLEXO Magazine : March 2014
PCMC Welcomes Rich Stratz to PCL Sales Team GREEN BAY, WI—Paper Convert- ing Machine Company (PCMC), a leading supplier of high performance converting machinery for the global tissue, nonwovens, package print- ing and envelope manufacturing industries, is pleased to announce the addition of Rich Stratz to the PCL sales team. Stratz will function as the new PCL wide web strategic account manager for North America and Canada. “Rich’s 30 plus years of sales expe- rience within the graphic industry is a great addition to our team,” said Rich Rogals, sales director of printing, coating and laminating. Stratz brings more than three decades of sales and management experience to PCMC. He has served as VP of sales at AWS, district sales manager at Goss International, and most recently as director of sales at Signature Offset. His experience in the printing industry makes him a valuable asset to the team. “I am extremely excited and honored to be working for the leading North American manufacturer of world class equipment for the pack- aging industry,” said Stratz. He will operate from Evergreen, CO where he currently resides. Cyber Graphics Invests in Esko CDIs for ITR Sleeves And Plates MIAMISBURG, OH—Cyber Graphics LLC, a leading premedia and media provider to the flexographic industry, has invested in Esko “in the round” and CDI flexo plate imagers. With HD Flexo technology—and a roadmap to Full HD Flexo—it hopes to create better sleeves and plates for customers, while increasing productivity. “ We can now image plates and sleeves up to 4,000 ppi resolution, which provides us more options to utilize our advanced screening techniques,” said Rick Parker, Cyber Graphics’ director of operations and technology. Cyber Graphics installed an Esko CDI Advance Cantilever 1750, a full sized flexo imager able to image sleeves up to 69-in. and plates as large as 50-in. by 80-in. Loading and unloading is assisted by an air supported loading table that makes it easy to move plates in place. Within a few months, it positioned a CDI unit dedicated exclusively to plates. The CDI Advance Cantilever, in operation for nine months, can also be equipped or retrofitted with inline UV main exposure, an integrated, digitally controlled, ultraviolet diode array that prevents main exposure from being an analog process on a light table. It is now a highly precise and digitally con- trolled inline process, performed within the equipment right after the imaging of the flexo plate, without any operator intervention. Through the integration of the image carrier, a digital flexo plate also has sharper image definition and steeper relief shoulders than conven- tional plates produced with film. Image deterioration by UV light absorption and scattering in the traditional con- tacting through vacuum sheet and film is totally eliminated. “ We pushed the high resolution with specialized flat top and round top dot technology, and have started to migrate all of our projects to the new imager,” said Edwin Woods, manufac- turing site director. “ We still do some ‘plate on sleeve’ work, which is a gate- way to full sleeves. At the moment, full seamless work is required on about 15 percent to 20 percent of our packaging work. But, we feel that those compa- nies who invest and prepare for in the round will be ready when demand increases. ” Creagraphics Is Comexi’s New Representative in Mexico GIRONA, Spain—Comexi Group, a leading specialist in machinery solutions for the flexible packaging conversion industry, has reached a representation agreement with Creagraphics of Mexico. Under this agreement, Creagraphics assumes the promotion and sale of Comexi’s machinery and spare parts. Similarly, the Mexican company will manage a spare parts store itself under the name of Comexi Latin America, so that post sales service throughout the Mexico market is strengthened. Creagraphics has broad experience in the commercialization of printing equipment and supplies for flexo, gravure and offset. Founded six years ago by Eduardo Arellano, Creagraph- ics will act as an intermediary in Mexico to respond with greater agility and efficiency on the already installed equipment and identify new business opportunities in the field of flexible packaging thanks to its deep knowl- edge of the market. Creagraphics representation will be led by Arellano, biochemical food engineer at the Technological and Superior Studies of Monterrey Institute and MBA from the University of Las Américas. Throughout his profession- al career he has held various senior positions in Smurfit Carton and Paper in Mexico and later in Praxair Surface Technologies, a leading manufacturer of anilox rolls. 62 FLEXO MARCH 2014 www.flexography.org MEMBERS & MANEUVERS