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FLEXO Magazine : August 2014
Narrow Web, New Niche Application Specifics = Flexible Packaging, Folding Cartons, Shrink Sleeves, Pouches & Every Kind of Label Robert Moran Simple... Complex... Versatile---Modern day narrow web exographic presses are highly automated pieces of equipment. ey are rede ning traditional work ows, optimizing process controls, taking the guesswork out of package print production and making press- rooms more pro table, all because they are designed to "eliminate the possibility of error." One major manufacturer bills current machinery as "the perfect marriage of steel and automation." All suppliers agree that every new model is exible, ergonomic, application speci c, attuned to single pass production requirements and far more e cient, reliable, consistent and predictable than earlier generations. Quicker makereadies, faster changeovers, reduced waste, higher speeds, shorter runs and compressed time to market are being touted as bene ts of their use. Intuitive, interactive man/machine interfaces are simplifying procedures and strengthening guarantees of repeatability. Printing to the numbers is commonplace, thanks to storage of essential data for every job, right on press. Ergonomics of the press, coupled with better use of spaces around the machine, are impacting automation, speeding up production, decreasing setup and changeover time, and having positive e ects on productivity and pro t margins. " e largest investment in the print shop---the press---needs to be exible, e cient and consistent," according to Mark Andy. " e press must be able to integrate a variety of processes. Combination printing and expanded gamut are becoming increasingly important. Foils, screens, laminations, color quality---all impact the appeal of the label. e press must be exible enough to integrate these processes and technologies in a single pass, precisely and consistently. It all boils down to productivity." e company maintained, "New machine designs have revived the livelihood of converters, driving more pro tability through in depth analysis of technology and rede ning traditional work- ows, and how they impact margin and cost control. New technology that automates on press functions and constantly monitors performance in real time reduces the total cost of production for any converter producing any application." " Intuitive, interactive man/ machine interfaces are simplifying procedures and strengthening guarantees of repeatability." 64 FLEXO | AUGUST 2014 PRESS BUYER'S GUIDE / NARROW WEB