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Flexo Sustainable : Fall 2012
many organizations still insist on hard copies of production orders and job folders—old habits die-hard. “T he Paperless Office” can be one of those flashy man- agement terms preached in yearly pow wows as the next evolution of business, but some definite truth exists to its benefits. Everything needed for an operator to execute on a job is simply data, and it’s much easier to manipulate that data usefully if it is digital and available from the workstation. If a production order is constrained to the size of an 8.5 -in. x 11-in. sheet of paper, it can be very cluttered with numerous data fields and instructions needed to complete the job in all departments. Imagine, instead, if a prepress artist could log into his/her MIS and view only the data she/he needs to complete the job, while a plate maker could do the same and see only pertinent data; suddenly, your ability to communicate becomes much more effective, not to mention the reduction in paper and ink needed to print out forms. Not only is digital data easier to manipulate, it can also make an operation more efficient and thus, more sustainable. Data stored in a database can utilize JDF/JMF or database scripting to link the MIS to workflow systems and automate processes in the trade shop. Esko has an entire modular pre- press workflow system focused on automation, and a major facet of Kodak Prinergy is its Rules-Based Automation (RBA). Driving that automation via a connection to the MIS makes any prepress operation more efficient. Color contract proofing for flexography presents more challenges for going paperless, but monitor technology, lighting, and the capabilities of profiling and collabora- tion software have evolved rapidly in recent years. Monitor proofing presents many unique challenges — dedicated equipment and resources, proper calibration, the business economics of delivering proofs to the customer, etc. — but www.flexomag.com fall 2012 Sustainable FLEXO 9 SuStainable Printing/ SuStainable trade ShoP Trade shops today can function on a server, a few workstations, a RIP, a workflow system and a couple of inkjet proofers, barring the footprint of any plate and sleeve manufacturing operations. Almost all have some form of Management Information System (MIS) with electronic work ticket capabilities. Business econom- ics and sustainable endeavors go hand-in- hand. Bottom lines are enhanced by waste reduction initiatives, energy consumption cuts, streamlined and LEAN workflows etc. , etc. All are pillars of sustainability and all can be applied to continuous improvement programs that affect everything an operation does. In Cyber Graphics case, that would include the photography studio, design center and prepress opera- tions—all of which have been profiled in the pages of FLEXO in the last two years. Instituted on January 29, 2009 For more information, call 901.369.5400 or visit www.cybermemphis.com Terry Young, General Manager and Director of Business Mark Parrish, Director of Customer Service Rick Parker, Director of Operations and Technology Alberto Tormin, Director of Quality Assurance Tyler Mills, Project Manager for Sustainable Operations what we believe Since our inception in 1994, Cyber Graphics has been committed to serve the prepress needs of our flexible packaging customers around the world. Our focus is on delivering products and services of the highest quality while constantly striving for continuous improvement in everything we do. We believe that with this dedication to quality and continuous improvement comes the fundamental requisite to act as responsible stewards of our society and the environment. Cyber Graphics pledges to conduct our business operations in an environmentally sound manner while protecting the interest of our families and the environment in which we all share. As a responsible prepress flexible packaging company, our promise is to: • Understand the overall environmental impacts of all our key business decisions • Promote a philosophy of responsibility through education • Dedicate the resources needed to make measurable progress every year • Cultivate a team committed to addressing sustainability in our products and processes • Collaborate with customers and suppliers to support sustainable products and practices that benefit our mutual businesses • Comply with all of the applicable environmental, health and safety regulations in our industry • Strive for the elimination or significant reductions of waste, pollution and emissions in our operations • Continuously reevaluate our performance and accomplishments through yearly reviews what we promise Sustainability Policy