Leading Flexible Packaging Company Now Has Eight AVT Installations

Press release from the issuing company

SPARTANBURG, SC – Exopack, formerly the flexible packaging business of International Paper, has installed three additional PrintVision/9000NT automatic video-based print inspection systems from Advanced Vision Technology (AVT), the industry's leading supplier of automatic web inspection systems. These newest installations will increase the number to eight AVT systems installed throughout Exopack's operations. At the Tomah, Wisconsin facility, Exopack has installed PrintVision/9000NT's on both a new Fischer & Krecke Flexpress 16S 10-color, high-speed, C.I. flexographic press and a Windmoller & Holscher Astraflex C.I. 8-color flexographic press. At the company's Spartanburg, South Carolina facility, the PrintVision/9000NT installation is on a Windmoller & Holscher Starflex C.I. press. The three presses produce ultra high-quality flexible packaging. Lance Shumaker, President of AVT's North American subsidiary, noted, "Exopack's installation of the PrintVision/9000NT on its presses clearly underscores the outstanding compatibility of AVT's video inspection technology with the advanced technology of Fischer & Krecke and Windmoller & Holscher presses. That compatibility assures maximum press speeds with the highest quality results throughout a run. The three new PrintVision/9000NT installations also reflect the superior performance that Exopack has experienced in maintaining its high standards of quality and productivity with AVT systems installed earlier on its other flexo and gravure presses." A newly formed company sponsored by the Sterling Group, L.P. of Houston, Texas, Exopack acquired the flexible packaging business of International Paper in August 2001. With revenues of $400 million, Exopack is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC. The company has a network of nine manufacturing facilities across the U.S. producing both multi-wall and plastic flexible packaging. AVT’s PrintVision solutions use machine vision technology to sample the running web and compare it to master images stored in the system memory during start-up. Press operators can set independent tolerance parameters for process faults including color variations, spots, streaks, register and mis-prints. When these tolerances are exceeded, visual and or audio alarms are activated. With the instant alert feature, operators are not tethered to the press control console and can confidently move to other areas of the press to check on additional facets of press performance during the run.