Flexographic plant expansion

Wayne Pferdehirt (PFERDEHI@epd.engr.wisc.edu)
Thu, 14 Dec 1995 20:35:14 CST

This is forwarded on behalf of Rick Yoder, with the Lincoln
Lancaster Co. Health Dept. in Nebraska. Let's see if we can
give Rick some help.


I just visited a local manufacturer that uses a Mark Andy
2100 flexographic press - 7" width, six colors. They print
thermally activated and pressure sensitive labels as well as
non-adhesive gambling tickets.

The firm is planning to expand its operations. The
default position is that they will purchase a second machine,
just like their existing one (except 15 years newer).

My questions to you are:

1) Who is a good point of contact (case studies, reference
materials, etc...) for P2 opportunities in flexographic printing

2) The business currently uses Du Pont's "Optisol" rotary
solution in their Kelleigh model 233 plate maker. They send
used Optisol out to be processed/rejuvinated prior to reuse.
The Optisol use (flow) is driven by a level control in the
Kelleigh unit, and its chemistry upkeep is determined by the
throughput quantity. a) Do you know of anyone testing
the chemistry of the Optisol as a means to reduce the
frequency of chemical addition? b) Are you aware of a
package treatment unit for the Optisol which the
manufacturer could use in house, or is the treatment process
more appropriately done off-site, as it is done now?

3) What new, innovative or cutting edge environmental
technology would you and the Printech crew recommend
instead of the flexographic printer - if any? Think broadly,
i.e., we'll think about costs after we generate alternatives.
With appropriate substantiation, I think we can secure State
of Nebraska 6% revolving fund dollars to provide for the
purchase of a P2 or energy efficient machine.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Rick Yoder 402/441-8145



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