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Wednesday, May 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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Total Productive Maintenance: RDC & FFG

May 15, 2019 – AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has lowered the registration fee on Total Productive Maintenance: RDC & FFG, June 12-13, at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI to enable more members to gain valuable information.   

Total Productive Maintenance: RDC & FFG will touch on many of the components of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) for packaging manufacturers, with particular attention to Autonomous Maintenance (AM). AM is a maintenance strategy wherein machine adjustments and minor maintenance is performed by operators who are deemed to have unique knowledge about the equipment.

“This course is one you don’t want to miss. Designed to help operators troubleshoot problems before they become serious, it teaches employees to help keep equipment maintained, to look for potential problems and help assess the situation,” said Taryn Pyle, AICC Director of Education and Leadership Development.

Protecting the investment made in equipment is essential in a packaging that is often overlooked due to high production demands. Normal operation of equipment causes continuous wear of press parts even under the best of conditions. Abrasive inks, substrates, and dust only accelerate the wearing process and the related quality problems. Neglecting scheduled maintenance may interrupt the production schedule during busy times, instead of planned maintenance during manageable downtime. Additionally, neglect of equipment costs the company press efficiency and increased waste. An Autonomous Maintenance program involves all capable employees to help keep equipment safely operating within acceptable quality limits.

This seminar is the second in a series of courses being held on machine maintenance for Flexography. Any attendee will be able to apply what they have learned to their machine in their plant whether it is a Rotary Die Cutter or a Flexo Folder Gluer.

Craig Gast, the trainer for the seminar, is the Capital Projects Engineer at WestRock. Craig has over 30 years in the corrugated industry troubleshooting and improving corrugated machinery.  As reliability champion, Craig offers deep industry knowledge with the maintenance management of corrugated and corrugated converting machinery and facilities.

The facilitator, Scott Ellis, EdD, Principal, Working Well LLC, is a staple at AICC educational programs. Scott is a leadership and process improvement specialist who serves on AICC’s faculty to assist in building the Packaging School curriculum. Scott has served as a resource for development of individuals, teams, and organizations as a consultant, teacher, psychotherapist, coach, and general manager in the packaging industry for two decades. His pragmatic approach is focused on making it easy to do the right things right.

AICC members registering now will pay only $695, an introductory rate that gives attendees a savings of $400.

Attendees are encouraged to reserve their rooms at the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley before the hotel cut-off of Tuesday, May 21.

More information about the webinar series can be found at Questions about seminars or webinars and the value a well-trained workforce brings to a company can be directed to Taryn Pyle, Director of Education & Leadership Development,, or Chelsea May, Education and Training Manager, or 703.836.2422.