Charlotte, North Carolina - Global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America recently hosted a training seminar at their DePere, WI manufacturing facility specifically aimed at educating printers on the different measurement methods for verifying volume on anilox rolls. According to Alan Rogers, Vice President of Sales, these types of educational workshops are important because there is not a standardized measurement system in the Flexo industry. Many customers are investing in scopes to verify their anilox volumes and are unaware of the volume differences between common scopes available in today's market.
The seminar focused on different methods of measuring such as the Microdynamics 3DQC (scope), Anicam (scope), EchoCheks, Liquid Volume, Capatch and gravure scope. Each one of these systems are used throughout the industry, however, each one measures differently and provides different results thus confusing customers.
Josh Kiser, Harper Corporation's HarperScientific Product Manager, led the session and provided detailed information on each of these measurement systems. Kiser believes this type of hands-on workshop is the most effective way to get a better understanding of the industry methods in place to measure volumes. He also believes scopes should be used for process and inventory control versus volume verification since they may differ from your anilox supplier’s volume measurement system.
This was an open forum as customers provided valuable feedback to compare their internal methods of managing their anilox inventory and gained much needed insight on how to use scopes as a tool for maintaining consistency in their process.