FMN | May 1st, 2017

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May 1, 2017

Vol. 19 No.9

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Nilpeter Welcomes Age Of Automation by Greg Kishbaugh T here are a number of forces at work in the flexo industry, but one thing is certain:The future of manufacturing is au- tomation. Processes need to be controllable, repeatable and, above all, capable of producing the exact same level of quality every hour of every day. Day after day after day. But it isn’t enough for companies to simply understand this dynamic, they must be forward-thinking enough to invest in

Phoenix Challenge Names Winners The 20th year of the Phoenix Chal- lenge Foundation’s High School Skills Competition took place from March 22-24.A total of 36 students,making up 18 teams, went to work to prove their skills in the various disciplines from prepress, platemaking and mounting to mathematics and written skills to print setup and press operation. First Place — Michael Poindexter and Riley Pingel from Knox High School. Second Place — Travis Brown and Shanna Pumphrey from Asheville High School. Third Place — Daniel Yarborough and Daniel Gittens from Fairfield Ca- reer &Technology Center. Along with the First Place award, the team will each receive a $1,000 Phoenix Challenge Foundation Schol- arship, and they will take home the Harper Flexo High School of the Year trophy cup for display at the school. The Phoenix Challenge Foundation board presented Bettylyn Krafft with an inaugural Heart of a Servant Award in recognition of her unwavering sup- port of the of the Foundation.

this changing mar- ketplace. Because automation does not come without a great deal of invest- ment of time and training and learn- ing. And it does not come cheap. Nilpeter’s U.S. headquar ter s in Cincinnati, Ohio, re- cently underwent a $5.7 million up-

grade that fully automates its manufacturing process.The new lights out system allows the press manufacturer to guarantee the consistency of its equipment across all its manufacturing locations, which include the U.S. facility in Ohio, as well as its locations in Denmark and India. “It’s always been our vision to have seamless operations across the globe, no matter if in Europe, North America or Asia,” said Lenny DeGirolmo, President of Nilpeter USA. “This investment ensures that the quality of our presses is always the same; it doesn’t matter where it’s manufactured.”

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