Out now: Flexo & Gravure Global issue 4-2018
You can order the December issue of Flexo & Gravure Global (4-2018) as usual in the shop of G&K TechMedia – covering topics like compact lamination machines (Part 2 of a series), gravure printing without proof printing, automation in solvent recovery, mechanical resistances of overprinting varnishes and more!
Take a look at our editorial in Flexo & Gravure Global 4-2018:
Ingredients for success you can’t buy
The flexo industry has experienced a big push forward within the last few years thanks to the many innovations provided by technology suppliers. The whole audience might have realised this when Greg Collins, a well-known industry consultant, finished his presentation at the recent FTA Fall Conference on “How to make your pressroom more competitive”.
Collins listed dozens of such developments including ink delivery systems, robot sleeve changers or the seven-colour extended gamut. Sensors and robots can help to automate a big part of the workflow. A whole group of quality control solutions compete on the market to enable printers to achieve top quality print at the first try. These were among the issues we heard about during the three days in Cleveland. However, in a recent survey print-shops in the US stated, that colour management, setup times and process control have recently risen to be their biggest challenges. Isn’t that strange? All those challenges one can definitely meet through technology off the shelf. Ask your industry partners fo their advice and they will gladly explain!
Do your staff embrace new technologies?
But perhaps this discrepancy originates with the staff. What about top managers who can’t cope with change? Employees who do not embrace those new technologies with open arms? Success starts with the right people doing the right things in the right place at the right time. Whether it’s keeping an eye on the innovation process by listening to conference panels or reading articles in trade press journals. Whether it’s identifying the necessity of change while working on the shop floor.
To be better carries your company forward
You should always try to improve your staff with new blood. Okay, are you really convinced that everyone on your current team is good? Good is good – but better carries your company forward. Search for the right people when you do not have openings for them. If you find the right one, you will find a place. Do you encourage your staff to question their daily business? To question the departments that supply them inhouse? To question the service of external partners? So, do not wait for the big bang, that would drive you to start change processes under pressure. When everything goes smoothly, nobody tends to question communication, process, hardware or consumables. An often used saying is “Don’t change horses in midstream”. But to be honest: print shops are in midstream all the time.
Act in a pro-active way
The FTA did a great job when assembling the presentations for the Fall Conference 2018. One was labelled “Communication Breakdown” and allowed insights into the communication processes between brand owners and production partners. Conference chair Kevin Bourquin added: “We tend to communicate only when there is a problem” – urging conference attendees to be more pro-active .
You can order the December issue of Flexo & Gravure Global (4-2018) as usual in the shop of G&K TechMedia – covering topics like compact lamination machines (Part 2), gravure printing without proof printing, automation in solvent recovery, mechanical resistances of overprinting varnishes and more!