Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller, has installed a new Fusion C flexo press at flexible packaging supplier Yellowstone Plastics (affiliated with Volm Companies) in South Idaho Falls, Idaho. The 42-inch, 10-color Fusion C began production at the Yellowstone facility in February 2021.
‘This is the best press install I have ever been a part of,’ said Travis Aicher, maintenance manager, Yellowstone Plastics. ‘PCMC was first class in the whole installation process. Everything was calculated and organized. We installed it over the holiday season, and we had the best service we could ever ask for. When we ran into minor issues, PCMC responded within 24 hours. Time loss was measured in hours and not days.’
Daniel Mueller, president, Volm Companies, said: ‘We’re extremely excited to have the Fusion C installed and in production. We have confidence that this press will serve us well for many years to come and help us continue to meet our customers’ needs.’
Since the installation, Yellowstone Plastics has increased the quality and quantity of its product offerings with Fusion C features including Flextreme drying, 100 percent web inspection, the Intelliprint auto-impression setting and SteadyPrint.
‘We are very excited about the results we are getting out of this press,’ said Lou Figueria, director of Printing and Graphics Operations, Yellowstone Plastics.
‘We are running a mixture of short runs and long runs, at 1,000 to 1,200 feet per minute, and the press adjusts very nicely between the two. It is very easy to operate, and its features—such as SteadyPrint and the touchscreen HMI—have been beneficial to our printing and our operators.’
PCMC will host a Grow More make-ready reduction kaizen event with Yellowstone Plastics this summer. PCMC leaders will utilize their lean experience and people-centric leadership training to help improve the company’s efficiency, communication and employee engagement. In the past, customers have experienced a 50 percent reduction in time and waste after these events, the company said in a statement.