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FLEXO Magazine : August 2014
KYMC America believes that both short and long runs are driving future developments in the mid web press arena. Points of concen- tration will lead to improvements in sleeve system durability and ink containment. "Unlike short run presses of the past, today's models must also be able to handle long runs pro tability. is means higher speeds and faster makereadies, particularly when it comes to getting on color, which consumes the most time." Speaking to color, KYMC expressed some additional thoughts. "Color matches produce a lot of waste. e market needs to approve color standards and apply them to all mate- rial substrates. at will improve e ciencies. When it comes to combination, or multi process printing, the ability to standardize colors on all substrates and stay on color throughout the run is key." Counted among achievements by every major press manufacturer is quick change- over. Most have also moved out to reduce waste and attribute automatic register and impression controls as contributing to progress. Demand for lighter gauge and more sustainable substrates is having a profound e ect on waste reduction initiatives. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Press designers for Comexi maintain that, "Trends that are detected in the exible packaging market are summarized in reduc- ing environmental impact, automation and ergonomics. While the former is imposed each day to make exographic printing sus- tainable, the other two items allow printers to optimize productivity." Commenting on current trend lines, they said, "Many printers require that new ex- ographic machines in uence the decrease in carbon footprint; hence Comexi Group has launched the Comexi FLEXO F2 WB for printing with water based inks without losing either speed or quality. In 1,000 sq. m. exographic printing with solvent inks there is a CO2 emission of 120-kg., while printing with water based inks the emission is reduced by 19-kg. of CO2. which are intuitive and supported by control systems, allow for more e cient production oor planning. "Converters continue to review and improve their work ows, productivity measurements and regularly examine their business process- es," executives from the St. Louis rm said. "From narrow to mid web, the factors that go into making shorter runs more achievable are the same: reduce the material and time costs that go into the job---including setup, plate, ink waste and multi process costs." Productivity takes into account a variety of factors, according to Mark Andy develop- ment specialists. "It's all about getting the most work done quickly, at high quality and with good margins. Optimal productivity is achieved with the right combination of high quality equipment, a well trained sta and the resources to allow them to all work together e ciently." "Polymag® Tek's Traversing Water Wash Systems are the only contact web cleaning solutions on the market today, that can cost effectively keep up with the dirt, dust and contamination challenges that are presented by utilizing today's 100% recycled CRB and URB board stocks. These systems will be a key component in your company's sustainability efforts. Call for a quotation today. Polymag® Tek, where BLUE is the new GREEN! Proudly designed, fabricated and assembled in the USA!" Polymag Tek, Inc 215 Tremont Street, Rochester, NY 14608 1/800-787-0830 Tel: 585/235-8390 www.polymagtek.com 78 FLEXO | AUGUST 2014