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Polycello Installs AVT's Printvision/Jupiter Systems To Maximize Productivity And Quality

Press release from the issuing company

AMHERST, NOVA SCOTIA, October 6, 2004 — Starting with only six employees in 1956, Amherst, Nova Scotia-based PolyCello has grown since then to become an industry leader with more than 300 employees producing some of the world's finest quality flexographic printing for food and paper overwraps used by major corporations. A family-owned enterprise, PolyCello is a quality-focused company with operations in 200,000 square-foot modern facilities dedicated to producing outstanding quality flexible packaging products from the extrusion process through printing and distribution. The company takes pride in being able to respond to its customers' extremely short turnaround requirements, while maintaining the operational flexibility to accommodate unexpected revisions and deliver a consistent, high quality product on schedule. Bryan Emmerson, Chief Operating Officer of PolyCello, says that a component of his company's highly successful quality control process has been the installation of Advanced Vision Technology's (AVT) PrintVision/Jupiter defect detection systems. "The AVT PrintVision/Jupiter units enable our operators to catch defects so we can take care of problems before they reach our customers," he says. "When you're running anywhere between 500 to 1,000 feet a second, the human eye can't catch those problems, but Jupiter flags them immediately." The AVT PrintVision/Jupiter systems are installed on PolyCello's 8- and 10-color presses which range in size from 29 to 65 inches. PolyCello initially installed AVT's PrintVision/Genesis systems and recently upgraded to the PrintVision/Jupiter on its presses. Emmerson indicated that PolyCello foresees using AVT PrintVision/Jupiter systems on all new presses added to its printing operations in the future to assure continued high quality performance. Dwayne Cormier, Press Shift Supervisor of PolyCello, notes that the selection of AVT systems to be an integral part of PolyCello's intensive quality control process came after a thorough investigation of all the defect inspection technology available in the marketplace. "We traveled to production sites to see how the systems were performing in actual pressroom operations. What we saw convinced us that AVT had the best system, and was the most user-friendly for our operators." "When AVT first installed their systems, they came in and did an hour training session with our operators," Cormier says. "After that, the operators went out on the press floor and in no time were running the systems." With the AVT PrintVision/Jupiter, PolyCello's press operators have been able to reduce the overall time needed for setup, an important advantage if they have several changes to make during the day. After setup, the AVT PrintVision/Jupiter then gives operators the confidence to run their presses faster because they know that defects will be caught automatically. Emmerson says that AVT has provided outstanding support for his PrintVision/Jupiter systems and has been very responsive to PolyCello's needs. "We like where AVT is going and how they listen to their customers and especially to the operators. In our case, we benefited when that attention to our needs led to a recommendation to move from their PrintVision/Genesis system to the PrintVision/Jupiter, which is doing a great job for us." The PrintVision/Jupiter platform, with its advanced software module provides one basic platform suitable and adaptable for all process control applications and offers an array of current and future benefits for printers. The system presents an instructed workflow user interface that enables quicker set-up and operation, and its software module has advanced automatic inspection capabilities and tools with simplified, intuitive control. PrintVision/Jupiter is automated, helping printers assure efficient, optimal operation and consistent adherence to the quality standards they specify.