As 2004 opens, mill manufacturers are waiting to see if the economic recovery in the U.S. will lead to greater capital expenditures.
David Savastano, Ink World Editor09.12.05
Milling is a critical component of ink manufacturing, as processing pigment provides the color properties ink companies and their customers are seeking. The challenge is to provide this quality while remaining competitive, which requires the most efficient manufacturing processes available.
“As competition is increasing, everyone is trying to streamline operations to provide the highest levels of quality at the most competitive price,” said Craig Tompkins, vice president of manufacturing and engineering for Sun Chemical. “We don’t look at milling as strictly one operation, but as a segment of the entire process, and it is essential to optimize milling as a part of the overall manufacturing process. We want the highest level of quality and highest throughput, and we’re looking for the ease of use that comes with high levels of automation. Any significant improvements here translate into better quality and economics for our customers.”
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