Friday, March 11, 2011

First 2011 Harper Road Show conducted by Mark Andy is a grand success

The 2011 inaugural Harper Road Show held at the Mark Andy campus in Chesterfield, Missouri, was attended by 70 converters and suppliers. The focus of the day was short run flexo and presentations and demonstrations focused on increasing converter profits for short run work using flexo technology.

Presentations were provided by Harper Corporation, Actega WIT, FLXON, RotoMetrics, 3M and DuPont, all with valuable technical information for converters on how to efficiently increase short run productivity throughout the in-line flexo press workflow. After the presentations, attendees witnessed a live press demonstration in which the Mark Andy Performance Series ran three different jobs, highlighting flexo technology’s capabilities with regards to short run work. 

Elimination of waste was a significant message for the press demonstration, with actual material being pulled off the rewind to show a 7 ft (2.1 m) material requirement for initial set up of a 4-color wine label job on 80T print cylinders. After a version change on the wine label, a health and beauty label run was started, demonstrating a 4-color full job changeover in three minutes and low changeover waste of 20 ft (6.1 m) from the first job to the next. Ease and efficiency of repeat changes were then demonstrated with the changeover to a third job run on 96T cylinders. 

In addition to the press demonstration, attendees were guided on a manufacturing floor tour where they witnessed the effects of Mark Andy's Lean manufacturing implementation. 

‘We are honored that Harper Corporation chose Mark Andy as its inaugural stop in the 2011 Road Show tour. We are always excited to see converters taking an interest in flexo issues and by hosting this tour we have played a role in furthering the education of our existing and future customers,’ said Paul Brauss, president and CEO of Mark Andy.