Poly Print was selected by How2Media, the productions of the television show
“World’s Greatest” to be part of its TV series.
As part of the show, How 2 Media sent a film crew to spend time at the company’s Corporate headquarters and operations facilities in Tucson, Arizona, to find out what the story behind the story is with this great and growing company, and to show the World's Greatest TV viewers why Poly Print was selected as the best in their category for Flexographic Printing, Laminating, and Converting of Flexible Packaging and therefore featured on the show.
Poly Prints segment aired on National Television and can been permanently be viewed on www.worldsgreatesttv.com, episode 290.
Perfect Score of 100
Poly Print has been SQF certified for food quality and food safety since 2014. In an unannounced SQF food safety audit in April 2020, we earned a perfect 100/100 score. This is especially remarkable as it was in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, this feat is accomplished by a mere 1% of companies who are audited.
5 Variables to Consider For Slitting Processes
By Joe Genova
The importance of slitting and rewinding in the printing and converting process can often be underestimated.
As printers, we tend to focus much of our attention on the latest press technologies,
looking to gain efficiencies in every way possible, from waste reduction methods and faster setups to how to achieve the sharpest vignettes. Unfortunately, all these efforts can ultimately be wasted if the best finishing methods are not also considered.
Slitting is usually the last step in the converting process and can therefore be the costliest
if not done properly.
Doubling Down! Poly Print: Twice the Size, Double the Revenue, Credits Capitalization
By Joe Genova
Poly Print’s pursuit of leadership in the flexographic printing and flexible packaging industries has been enduring, to say the least.
At a time that now seems like yesterday, the Genova family set out with one goal in mind: to be the leading provider of all food packaging and labels. This overarching objective paves the way for us to:
- Expand our service
- Assist our customers
- Create a thriving culture behind the walls of our 80,000 sq. ft., Tucson, AZ-based plant
Plastics, Packaging and the Environment
By Joe Genova
It is no doubt that packaging plays a vital role in our lives and modern society. It protects and keeps food safe throughout every stage of the distribution line and extends the shelf life of food products, which leads to less food waste and lower food cost. Flexible packaging is in fact the lightest form of packaging, accounting for just a small percentage of landfill waste.
New 10 Color Printing Press Installed
Poly Print adds to its already impressive press lineup with a new Uteco Onyx 10 color printing press. This press embodies the latest in flexographic printing technologies with features like live ink weighing allowing for accurate job costing, improved auto-wash, quick change doctor blades, automated turrets, reinsertion for registered OPV and backside printing and more. This latest addition gives Poly Print additional capacity to respond to customers needs quickly, improved job tracking and job costing control.
New RTO Installed 30,000 CFM
Poly Print adds capacity to its existing RTO. This new unit boast a staggering 30,000 CFM and provides the ability for future growth and backup to the existing 12,000 CFM RTO. Both units were purchased from Ship’N’Shore and prove further commitment and exaction to Poly Print’s pollution prevent plan.
Poly Print Expands Storage Capacity
Poly Print expands is building and ink storage capacity with the addition ink lockers and ink rooms. With this additional capacity Poly Print can store additional ink allowing for faster response times to it’s customers. In additon, the lockers and ink rooms are a testament to Poly Prints continued growth.
New Laser Anilox Installed
Poly Print installs the Meridian Laser anilox cleaner. The is the latest in laser anilox cleaning technology from Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC). The Meridian laser anilox cleaner provides a solution for one-pass cleaning that achieves like-new surface conditions at unprecedented speeds, many times increasing efficiency of 300% or more. The Meridian does not require any chemicals, sodium bicarbonate or polymer beads, water, or detergents – making it a sustainable cleaning technology that has a very low environmental impact.
New Laser Perforation Unit Installed
Poly Print installs the latest in Laser Perforation and scoring technology from Preco. This addition gives Poly Print the ability to provide those customer, particularly in produce, with laser perforated rolls stock on a variety of substrates. Holes as small as 60 microns, precise firing lasers, while maintaining high speeds ensures our customers a quality product, consistency and fast response times.
New High-Speed, Highly Automated Slitter Installed
Poly Print installs new high-speed slitter from French manufacturer DCM. This slitter is a high production slitter with a mechanical speed of 2,400 fpm, double unwind turrets for fast changeover between sets, and a slitting width at low as 25mm. Other features include shear and razor blades as well as 3” or 4” cores with an automated robotic arm.
Closed Loop Solvent Recycling Unit Installed
Poly Print installs a complete closed loop solvent recycling system from PRI. This recycling system is connected directly to the printing presses allowing for a continued access of clean, recycled solvent and less handling of dirty solvents. In addition, we can now recycle and recapture up to 80% of our dirty solvents and reuse them in our process. This is also commitment to our continued recyclable and sustainable efforts to reduce our overall carbon footprint.
New 10 Color Press Installed
Poly Print installs a new 10 Color Printing Press from Uteco. This press offers the latest in technologies in quality control from Grafik Controls, auto-wash, kiss’n’go for automatic impression setting, drag and drop for auto-registration, shaftless turrets, and much more. This addition allows for fast changeover, smaller runs, and a lot of automation for lower waste and improved quality control during the run.
Poly Print Installs High Bay Energy Efficient LED Lighting
Poly Print replaces their current fluorescent lighting with intelligent high bay LED lighting throughout the warehouse and production facilities. This decision was made in part to support Poly Prints ongoing sustainable efforts. LED lighting is more much energy efficient than fluorescent lighting, lowering energy cost. There is an estimated savings of 335,000 kWH annually and a reduction of greenhouses gases from over 80 ton of waste sent to the landfills. Lower maintenance cost, brighter working conditions and increased employee morale are added benefits.
New RTO Installed - 12,000 CFM
Poly Print installs a 12,000 CFM RTO. A Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer, also known as an RTO, is a type of air pollution control equipment designed to decompose volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and other airborne solvents into innocuous CO2 and water vapor by heating the exhaust air to a very high temperature, over 1500°F.
When FTA member Poly Print opened it's doors 24 years ago, it had a single press, a laminator, a mounter, and 15 employees. As the company grew, it brought on additional machinery - new presses, slitters, laminators - and grew its personnel several times over.
In less than 25 years, Poly Print has transformed from a regional printer into a national printer. Ongoing investments and upgrades have the printer/laminator poised for more growth.
Meet the Press
Printing, like all manufacturing, is about increasing production, reducing waste, and improving quality. All flexographic printers look for ways this can be done, especially when it comes to investing in a new machine.
Ahead of the Curve
Workforce development has been among the top challenges in the packaging printing industry in recent years.
It's important to understand why this is, and what can be done about it.
A Game of Inches
Flexible packaging has become a real family affair in southern Arizona.
Drive down the Interstate 10 of pet-loving Arizona and you end up in what has become known as Optics Valley. Ron Genova embarked on this journey back in 1992.