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Sunday, March 17, 2013

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Irish Blessing:

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;
Love your neighbor as much as yourself.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Flexo Market News: A Sustainable Tool

Flexo Market News
Flexo Market News: A Sustainable Tool: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE by Greg Kishbaugh The February 11th issue of Flexo Market News featured an overview of the way in which Nestlé has used a tool called PIQET to measure and quantify its sustainability goals. The article analyzed the deep wealth of information available today for converters seeking aid in managing their sustainability programs, and, as such, the PIQET tool deserves a little added attention.
     Available from the Sustainable Packaging Alliance, PIQET (Packaging Impact Quick Evaluation Tool) allows CPGs and converters to optimize packaging system design from a sustainability perspective in all stages of the product development process.
     PIQET allows packaging designers to:
• Benchmark current sustainability performance of packaging.
• Review and optimize current packaging to improve sustainability performance.
• Include sustainability performance in the design of new packaging.
• Training to build business capability to make more sustainable decisions.
     PIQET appears to offer a host of benefits for designers, but one that certainly cannot be overlooked is that of speed. Reportedly, a complete packaging evaluation can be completed in less than half an hour.
     Due to its web-based interface, PIQET is available globally 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The tool offers cradle to grave analysis and as such provides users with life cycle information from the production of the raw materials through the production, transport, filling, and waste management of the package.
     PIQET uses information from the user itself along with background from more comprehensive lice cycle assessment modeling to provide a report on the sustainability performance of the package design.
     Seemingly, another strong component of PIQET is that it is not a boilerplate application; instead a company can tailor which life cycle indicators are reported to align with its corporate sustainability goals. PIQET reports the sustainability performance of packaging designs using eight environmental life cycle indicators including climate change, water use and solid waste, as well as a range of packaging specific metrics such as packaging to product ratio and percent of recycled content. But it is up to each individual company to decide which of these metrics are most important to track for their particular sustainability program.
     Every day it is proven that in today’s business climate information is indeed king. And with such a voluminous amount of information at their fingertips, converters have the opportunity to bring added productivity to their companies each and every day.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The next chapter

In case you haven't heard, I have left the flexo printing industry, having taken a position with Sears Home Improvement Services.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my friends in the flexo industry for their support, friendship, and unselfish sharing of ideas. 

To all of the wonderful people that purchased anilox rolls, cleaning equipment and related press accessories from me, I can't thank you enough for trusting me to meet your needs for these many years.  It has been a privilege to serve you. 

I would also like to thank everyone who purchased my book, Common Sense Flexography.  I hope it has helped you better understand and appreciate the flexo process.  In writing the book, it was my goal to help you to reduce waste, enhance productivity, increase safety and ultimately improve profitability.  Hopefully, you benefited as much from the book as I did from working with the countless individuals that contributed to it. 

I would like to thank the Flexographic Technical Association for providing me and all of its members with a wealth of opportunities to participate in and learn from programs, initiatives, committees, councils, and technical conferences.  The FTA is a shining star among trade associations, always seeking to add value by actively working to advance the flexo process, promoting best practices, providing training, fostering sustainability, and recognizing excellence through its many awards programs.  The FTA has amassed a vast array of products, programs and resources to aid its members.  FTA's research arm, the Flexo Quality Consortium, constantly strives to decipher the mysteries of flexography, propelling it from art to science.  It is there that FTA's educational arm takes over to train each subsequent generation of flexographers.  Although some may consider FTA to be simply a trade association, it has been much more than that to me.  I greatly appreciate everything they have done for me throughout my career.

While I am no longer an active participant in flexo, I still have ink running through my veins.  As the opportunity presents itself, I will continue to post items relevant to the industry.  In the meantime, I am in the process of putting together my latest blog entitled Home Improvement Central at http://yourbiggestinvestment.blogspot.com/ and welcome you to check it out. 

With thanks and kind regards,

David Lanska

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Help support a worthy cause...

Donate an Item to the

  FIRST Operator Certification Scholarship Online Auction
Help raise funds for the FIRST Operator Certification Scholarship Program,
which provides financial assistance to those individuals interested in pursuing
FIRST 'Press' or 'Prepress' Operator Certification.

Last year, nearly $3,000 was added to the FIRST Operator Certification Scholarship fund as a result of this effort.

Our goal for 2012 is to greatly exceed that amount - but 
we need your help!

Donate Online at http://flexography.org/04Education/first_auction.html

Deadline to Donate:    February 15, 2012

What Items Are We Looking For?
Although industry-related items are welcomed, modest,
personal items are most desirable. Some ideas are:
autographed items, sports tickets, electronics, dinner tickets,
and assorted memorabilia. Cash donations are also welcome!

To View List of Current Donations, go to

How Will You Be Recognized?
Donors will be featured on the auction website, along with their company logo, photos and descriptive copy of the donated item. Plus, donors receive publicity in future press releases, FLEXO Magazine, and other announcements. Associated tax benefits may apply to the contributions.

Got Questions?
Doreen Monteleone (dmonteleone@flexography.org)
631-737-6020 ext. 30.

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