Home' FLEXO Magazine : January 2017 Contents “We strive for standardization throughout our organization,” Bonn
continues. “Within our preprint facility, we have 13 press operators
that have completed all three levels of FIRST training. An additional
32 are enrolled in the program. Our operators use FIRST worksheets
at press side, and we also employ FIRST methodology in profiling
He forecasts a future filled with advancement: “There will be more
predictable processes put into place that allow companies to set up
even faster. For example, proof to plate, standardization, advancing
ink control processes, quicker press checks, etc.”
Joe Genova, vice president at Poly Print, agrees. “We recognize having
control on our processes simplifies our operations, reduces hazards,
and cuts down on waste and service costs. In an industry that is
constantly pressured by pricing challenges, solid process control will
decide if you are going to be around for the long run.
“Process control holds hands with standardization and is the
foundation for Lean Six Sigma, as well as a tool for maintaining
safety, quality and productivity at high levels,” he continues. “ The
focus at Poly Print is planning, planning and more planning, to
ensure job elements are efficiently organized and repeatable. Poly
Print has worked relentlessly to standardize operations throughout
every department in the company, including prepress, administra-
tion, press, lamination, slitting, converting, material handling and
environmental control. Standardization is an ongoing process. We
continually strive to understand what drives superior print quality
and consistent reproduction. Our technical knowledge of the print-
ing and converting process, along with the advances in machine
technology, directly impact the quality of the printed piece. ‘Quality
Makes a Good Impression.’ That’s our slogan.”
Infinite Packaging Group CEO Lynn Higgs offers, “These are exciting
times. We continue to look at our business to improve it. Quality of
flexo has surpassed all benchmarks. With UV plates, we can produce
incredible fine details. The equipment has continued to improve over
U.S. DOMESTIC SHIPMENTS OF PACKAGING
MACHINERY: $8.5 BILLION BY 2020
The value of domestic shipments of packaging machinery is projected to grow at a CAGR of 2.4 percent, reaching $8.5 billion in
2020, according to PMMI. More than half of this growth is expected to come from the food and beverage sector.
The value of domestic shipments of U.S. produced machinery rose 0.3 percent to $7.51 billion in 2015. Exports of packaging
machinery in 2015 increased by 3.2 percent compared to 2014, and are now $1.1 billion. Backlog orders of packaging machin-
ery grew by 14.1 percent compared to backlog orders at the end of 2014.
PMMI produces the State of the Industry study based on U.S. Census Bureau reports and shipments data provided by as-
sociation members who manufacture packaging machinery. The report, which analyzes 28 packaging machinery categories,
describes trends and the outlook for packaging machinery shipments through 2020.
According to the report, the labeling, decorating, and coding and case handling machinery groups are forecast to increase the
fastest of all machinery types through 2020, at CAGRs of 3.9 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively. The pharmaceutical sector
is forecast to grow the fastest of all sectors through 2020, at a CAGR of 2.8 percent. This is followed by the beverage sector,
which is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 2.4 percent.
“The forecast for the packaging machinery market is strong. We continue to anticipate growth in major market segments such as
pharmaceuticals as well as beverages. Factors such as changing consumer habits, new regulations as well as general economic
development are fueling this,” says Jorge Izquierdo, VP, market development, PMMI.
In regard to machinery categories, the rapid growth anticipated in the labeling, decorating and case handling segment is largely
a result of new legislation demanding increased labeling and coding, continuing developments in printing technologies and the
proliferation of SKUs.
“Flexo must continue to innovate
with an end goal of higher print
quality and lower fixed costs,
poll respondents maintain. Why?
Shorter runs, better quality graphics,
faster run speeds and more
ecofriendly operations will define
the flexographic industry of the
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