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Are You a Leader,  a Mentor, a Consultant or a Coach?

Are You a Leader, a Mentor, a Consultant or a Coach?

Good busi­ness lead­ers cre­ate a vision, artic­u­late the vision, pas­sion­ately own the vision, and relent­lessly drive it to com­ple­tion. Welch The essence of a great leader is some­one who has the self con­fi­dence, sit­u­a­tional aware­ness, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills to build a con­sen­sus; who can cre­ate and artic­u­late a com­pelling vision; who is pos­i­tive, open to […]

August 3, 2012 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
Question: What is the Commercial Reality of Press Work?

Question: What is the Commercial Reality of Press Work?

Sci­en­tists tell us that the fastest ani­mal on earth, with a top speed of 120 feet per sec­ond, is a cow that has been dropped out of a heli­copter. Barry In an aggres­sive, fast turn­around mar­ket, where the strug­gle to become the low­est cost man­u­fac­turer is para­mount, it is impor­tant to review and improve every […]

August 3, 2012 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
Question: What is the Importance of Steel Rule Verticality?

Question: What is the Importance of Steel Rule Verticality?

As Arthur Clark noted  Any suf­fi­ciently advanced tech­nol­ogy is indis­tin­guish­able from magic, and although this is not nec­es­sar­ily a prob­lem, it is impor­tant tech­nol­ogy users get over the sense of won­der and begin to develop prac­ti­cal tech­niques and sound meth­ods to put tech­nol­ogy to work. This exam­ple can be applied to the laser res­onator, which […]

July 1, 2012 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
Pre-Punch Waste in Web Diecutting Stripping

Pre-Punch Waste in Web Diecutting Stripping

It isnt the strongest that will sur­vive, nor the most intel­li­gent, but the most adapt­able to change. Dar­win The web fed platen diecut­ter, see right, is one of the most pro­duc­tive sys­tems of man­u­fac­tur­ing, sec­ond only in out­put to Rotary Diecut­ting Sys­tems. The com­bi­na­tion of web with platen presents some chal­lenges as the con­tin­u­ous moving […]

June 4, 2012 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
Question: How to Solve Parallel Crease Problems using Laminated E-Flute?

Question: How to Solve Parallel Crease Problems using Laminated E-Flute?

Dif­fi­cul­ties exist to be sur­mounted. Emer­son One of the most fre­quent creas­ing ques­tions is how to form effec­tive par­al­lel creases in Lam­i­nated E-Flute mate­ri­als? In most e-flute appli­ca­tions the stan­dard crease/channel for­mula is rea­son­ably effec­tive. This con­sists of using 0.900 height 3-Point or 4-Point Creas­ing Rule; a counter of 0.030 to 0.036, and a channel […]

June 3, 2012 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
Dangerous Opportunity

Dangerous Opportunity

When writ­ten in Chi­nese, the word cri­sis is com­posed of two char­ac­ters — one rep­re­sents dan­ger, and the other rep­re­sents oppor­tu­nity. John F. Kennedy It is unusual to be able to cap­ture and to retain the atten­tion of any group of peo­ple, much less an entire nation. But the cur­rent eco­nomic cri­sis is so completely […]

February 24, 2012 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
Changeover: Is the Steel Rule Die Up to the Job?

Changeover: Is the Steel Rule Die Up to the Job?

It is far too easy to be impressed with the major­ity of steel rule dies. After all the steel rule die is designed using specif­i­cally cus­tomized com­puter soft­ware, the dieboard is fab­ri­cated using the most advanced machin­ing tech­nol­ogy, the steel rule is man­u­fac­tured to the most exact­ing tol­er­ances, and the steel rule is cut and […]

February 22, 2012 | By Kevin Carey | 3 Replies More
How Fast Are You?

How Fast Are You?

Fix your eyes on per­fec­tion and you make almost every­thing speed towards it. William Chan­ning The com­mon ele­ment of every activ­ity seems to be to do what­ever you are doing now, but do it faster. Even though we have the same hours, min­utes and sec­onds we had last week, it feels as though there is […]

February 13, 2012 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
It’s Not ‘Your’ Press Anymore!

It’s Not ‘Your’ Press Anymore!

My first activ­ity as a 15-year-old new appren­tice in Europe was as a “Machine Min­der.” The depart­ment con­sisted of 12 large for­mat Cylin­der Diecut­ters and two new Wupa Auto­platens. My job was sim­ple. I was to watch and, mon­i­tor the per­for­mance of 3 adja­cent cylin­der machines. If any of the machines stopped for any reason, […]

December 7, 2011 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
Question What is Nick Grouping?

Question What is Nick Grouping?

Say not , I have found the truth, but rather I have found a truth. Kahlil Gibran One of the major tech­ni­cal draw­backs in high speed sheet and web fed diecut­ting is the need to grind gaps into the knife edges of the steel rule die to cre­ate gaps or tags of mate­r­ial which will […]

December 7, 2011 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
Question: The Power of Dieboard Locks?

Question: The Power of Dieboard Locks?

Things do not change, we do. Thoreau In fab­ri­cat­ing an effec­tive steel rule die the diemaker must rec­og­nize how the tool may be used and mod­i­fied on-press to change the per­for­mance attrib­utes of the tool. One of the most impor­tant tech­niques in diemak­ing is the abil­ity to insert short lengths of knife, or punches, or shapes […]

December 7, 2011 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
Question: What are Overlapping Pressure Zones?

Question: What are Overlapping Pressure Zones?

Would that life were like the shadow cast by a wall or a tree, but it is like the shadow of a bird in flight. The goal in the com­pet­i­tive field of diecut­ting is to orga­nize the diecut­ting oper­a­tion so well as to enable the first impres­sion to be sold! For many this may seem […]

October 22, 2011 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
The Power of Deflection

The Power of Deflection

When you think out­side the box, the box goes away! It is crit­i­cal to take full advan­tage of the tech­nol­ogy you use, to increase pro­duc­tiv­ity, to improve qual­ity, and to deliver excep­tional cus­tomer ser­vice. One of the most effec­tive ways to accom­plish this in diecut­ting, is to regard the strip­ping sec­tion of the press as a […]

September 14, 2011 | By Kevin Carey | 1 Reply More
The Source of Creativity?

The Source of Creativity?

It is inter­est­ing to rec­og­nize where the cre­ativ­ity we need t0 improve the diecutting-converting process is orig­i­nally sparked to life. This pre­sen­ta­tion enti­tles: “Do Schools Kill Cre­ativ­ity?” by Sir Ken Robin­son is a fas­ci­nat­ing and humor­ous overview of the edu­ca­tion chal­lenges fac­ing us in our com­mer­cial drive for suc­cess and the national debate about our […]

September 14, 2011 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
Question: What is Changeover?

Question: What is Changeover?

Tech­nol­ogy is dom­i­nated by two types of peo­ple: those who under­stand what they do not man­age, and those who man­age what they do not under­stand. Putts Law If we are attempt­ing to improve any process, the first essen­tial step is to ensure every­one par­tic­i­pat­ing has a clear and a com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of what the process […]

September 14, 2011 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
A Productive Approach to Pricing

A Productive Approach to Pricing

The real issue is value, not price. Robert T. Lind­gren If you have worked in the Diemak­ing Indus­try for long enough you will have expe­ri­enced the rad­i­cal changes in pric­ing meth­ods. In the begin­ning the diemaker would sim­ply make the die to the cus­tomer spec­i­fi­ca­tion. The mate­ri­als cost what they cost, the time was charged […]

August 3, 2011 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
Question: What is Rotary Crush Cutting?

Question: What is Rotary Crush Cutting?

There is no absolute knowl­edge. And those who claim it open their door to tragedy. All infor­ma­tion is imper­fect. We have to treat it with humil­ity. Jacob Bronowski A highly effec­tive diecut­ting tech­nol­ogy is called the Rotary Crush Cut Diecut­ting Sys­tem. This is a process where a web passes through the print­ing sec­tions of a […]

August 3, 2011 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
The only real failure in life is the failure to try.

The only real failure in life is the failure to try.

Fail­ure should be our teacher, not our under­taker. Fail­ure is delay, not defeat. Fail­ure is a tem­po­rary detour, not a dead end. Fail­ure is some­thing we can avoid only by say­ing noth­ing, doing noth­ing and being noth­ing. Waitley

July 31, 2011 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
Question: What is the Snap Joint Test Technique?

Question: What is the Snap Joint Test Technique?

Get­tin good play­ers is easy. Get­tin em to play together is the hard part. Casey Sten­gel Speed is the issue in diemak­ing, and there is min­i­mal time for any­thing which under­mines the flow of the process and the race against a spe­cific dead­line. For exam­ple, in rule joint­ing there are three crit­i­cal eval­u­a­tion issues a […]

July 31, 2011 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More
Your 30 Day Challenge!

Your 30 Day Challenge!

In reduc­ing the time it takes to changeover a diecut­ting press, it would appear to be a sim­ple task of select­ing and imple­ment­ing the most effec­tive train­ing pro­gram. How­ever, not so fast … train­ing is either Behav­ior Devel­op­ment or it is Behav­ior Mod­i­fi­ca­tion, But how much time? Remem­ber your mother telling you it takes 21 days […]

July 19, 2011 | By Kevin Carey | Reply More