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April 16, 2019

FlexAir’s New Website

Welcome to our new website. Here, FlexAir is pleased to share information on our new technologies and examples of various solutions we have implemented over the years. Also, we are especially excited about helping to re-educate the industry about the basics of drying and how it applies to your process and your business.

For most of the industry, dryer systems are black-box technology. Literally, a black box. Sitting at the end of your press. The assumption is that it will dry anything that the press can print. More often than not, the dryer system is an afterthought after all the other ancillary technologies consume the available space for a dryer. Things like more color. More opacity. Faster printing speeds.

The one thing FlexAir can guarantee about our dryers is that we can guarantee that the drying process will fail by selecting a poor combination of anilox volume, ink chemistry, web material and printing speed.

In the past two generations our industry has been evolving products around materials born during the space age and through the information revolution. Seemingly there’s an app for anything now; If you want to figure something out, just Google it. During this period, the industry has lost much of the talent that lived through the learning curve of the past few decades. Outside of unique instances, very little of that knowledge is available to us now.

FlexAir understands the drying process very, very well. Our technologies allow us flexibility that is unique to the industry. We can explain the laws of physics around drying better than most, but the one thing we cannot do, is change the laws of physics.

If our goal was to author a graduate-level engineering textbook, we think we could do a respectable job. But our goal is to educate the majority non-engineering population of our industry so you can navigate the key challenges of your process goals, and so that you can formulate reasonable performance expectations.

We will pepper our conversations with key points of drying expectations, performance pitfalls, and environmental or application limitations. Why are dryers designed the way they are? There are reasons why converting equipment requires 30-foot dryers, and there are reasons why that drying performance cannot be duplicated in the 12 to 18 inches of space under the print deck of a label press.

We will also create a series of documents that tackle subjects of pure engineering, practical process and business management in our Knowledge Base—which we will develop as the ongoing evolution of our website.

This will be an adventure and you are welcome to travel with us for the next few years. We have already identified almost 150 distinct conversational topics for this Knowledge Base. Surprisingly only 35 of these topics are engineering discussions. In general, these concepts are not difficult to understand even for non-engineers and we have many analogies that will help you relate to common personal experiences.

Although our ultimate goal is to make things as dry as possible, we sincerely hope to make our conversations insightful and enjoyable.