Essentra Packaging Completes Anilox Standardisation with Cheshire Anilox
05 Nov 2020
FlexoTech interviewed Cheshire Anilox and Essentra Packaging on the successful completion of the anilox standardization program. Through collaboration and partnership, this program brings outstanding results across the 19 flexo label presses in sites globally, at Essentra Packaging.
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As one of Europe’s largest packaging manufacturer, Essentra Packaging produces more than 267 million labels each month. With 19 flexographic label presses across 5 European plants and a demand for extremely high printing quality, the company has a huge need for process control and consistency.
Anilox standardization is truly the ideal approach for optimizing the interaction between ink, plate and anilox because it both reduces the setup and the variability normally acquainted with process and combination printing.
Essentra’s goals were clear, to achieve customer specified digital colour targets, eradicate UV spitting, control the consistency of printing jobs across all presses and achieve outstanding results on HD Flexo.
After extensive tests and measurements with the high-tech Microdynamics volume measurement system, Essentra decided to implement Maxflo+ into all their printing processes as this engraving gave them the best performance by far.
“Apart from the obvious cost savings benefits, standardizing anilox rolls gives press staff ownership of the rolls. First, each press has the right number of rolls for its work. Staff members are aware these rolls belong to their press; they are responsible for taking care of and maintaining them” says Sonia Arcos, Technical Sales Director at Cheshire Anilox Technology. “A reduced anilox inventory will be also easier to control and measure, ensuring print consistency across the plant.”
“Press operators love to have their anilox roll inventory standardized. Roll standardization takes the guesswork out of finding the right roll for that particular job.” Production Manager at Essentra Packaging Newport.
“Standardizing anilox rolls has significantly decreased set-up times and waste. Each hour a press sits idle costs money. By each press having its own rolls and standard volumes, changeover times are decreased resulting in more jobs produced per hour and greater profits to the bottom line. By standardizing anilox roll inventory, Essentra Packaging has “cut set-up time and waste in half”.
Essentra’s Anilox standardization program has been crucial to drive improvements in delivery performance, quality and innovation.
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