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FLEXO Magazine : August 2008
INDUSTRY INDICATORS prepress, best practices in use of plates, and more. The group also dedicated a good half day to reviewing their productivity survey, with emphasis this year on the mainte- nance aspect. An analysis of preventive and corrective maintenance was followed by a mathematical method for deciding when an old machine should be replaced, taking into account the increasing main- tenance costs, the investment involved and the added productivity. An extensive and constructive discussion ensued with the machinery suppliers—namely Bobst, Heidelberg and MAN Roland—where a list of recommendations were made both from the group to the suppliers as well as from the suppliers to the equipment users; follow-up work remained for the coming months, with the objective of accurately anticipating maintenance costs. GETTING PERSONNEL Aquafl ex—Walt Mesik has been hired as sales engineer, serving the southeastern U.S. Mesik has held various technical positions with Webtron, Aquafl ex, and Nilpeter, and is also the founder/engineer of Flexo Solutions Inc., a provider of consulting services to the fl exo industry. He has 23 years experience in the printing industry. Cook Composites & Polymers—Ken Moran Mesik has been named vice president for the Coatings Division. He succeeds Marcel de Wolf, named the new CEO of Sartomer, a TOTAL Chemicals affi liate company. Moran has been president of Peninsula Polymers since April 2004. FLXON Inc.—Kris Harris has assumed re- sponsibility for customer relations and market development for Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has been with the company since 2007. Gerhardt USA—Sam Dyer recently joined Reynolds Installs New W&H Press Reynolds Flexible Packaging recently installed a new Windmoeller & Hoelscher PRIMAFLEX CM fl exographic press at its Downingtown Packaging Plant in Downingtown, PA. The high-speed press provides excellent print quality on fi lm, paper and laminated material. This new press technology, combined with recent digital plate-making technology, will allow Reynolds to offer the highest quality graph- ics. Reynolds’ customer, Neilson Dairy, has opted to change its nationally-recognized Canadian brands to Reynolds’ new fl exo - graphic printing for its shrink sleeves be- cause of the quality and additional fl exibil- ity in re-ordering low volume items with decreased costs. The W&H PRIMAFLEX CM has 10 color decks and the FTA Technical Innovation award-winning EASY-SET impression setting system. 28 F LEXO Harris the team as technical sales representative for the East Central U.S., which includes Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. Sam brings more than 20 years of capital equipment sales experience in the printing/converting indus- tries to this position. Pitman Co.—Joe Demharter will step down from the post of president, which he has held since 2001, on March 31, 2009. He will remain on the board of directors in a consult- ing position. Peter J. Moore, currently execu- tive vice president of sales, has been selected to succeed him. Moore has 28 years of experi- ence in the graphic industry. He began his career with Pitman in 1991 as sales manager. Stork Cellramic—David Hart has been ap- pointed technical manager. Hart has worked internationally for more than 25 years in the fi eld of engineering coatings and materials technology. He will be responsible for the development of new technologies and applications, and will lead engineering efforts. Dyer AUGUS T 20 0 8 www. f l e x o g r a p h y. o r g
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