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FLEXO Magazine : April 2009
APRIL 2009 VOLUME 34, NO. 4 In This Issue It’s the single largest networking event in North America this year: INFO*FLEX 2009! As always, no other show exclusively brings key suppliers of fl exographic products and services together in one place. And only FLEXO brings you this, FTA’s Offi cial INFO*FLEX Exhibit Guide, which contains a snapshot of all the companies touting their wares, as well as complete contact information, booth numbers and details about each company and the products/services on display May 4-5 in Orlando, FL. Peak of Perfection Navigating Packaging’s Future Green Giant: OFFICIAL FFTA’s Offi cial Exhibit Guide 55 FTA HEADQUARTERS & FLEXO EDITORIAL, ADVERTISING, SUBSCRIBER SERVICES 900 Marconi Avenue Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PUBLISHER Robert Moran, ext. 17 rmoran@fl exography.org EDITOR Christian R. Bonawandt, ext. 31 cbonawandt@fl exography.org DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 jkaible@fl exography.org TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Bill Pope Phone: 585-267-5434 bpope@fl exography.org EDUCATION DIRECTOR Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 jtuccitto@fl exography.org DIGITAL DESIGN & PRODUCTION Red Flag Media www.redfl agmedia.com FTA TODAY 8 Publisher’s Ink 12 Association News 104 Engaging Ideas 10 Purpose and Planning FTA’s SPI Leadership Councils are hard at work devising ways to make the Association more relevant to the various market segments. How are they doing? And how can you get involved? P’S & Q’S 14 SPI Luncheon at Kurt Flathmann TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES 20 A Better Position Workfl ow Printers who seek color management embark on a process of monitoring and controlling their manufacturing process. BEGINNER FLEXOGRAPHER 24 Understanding a Color-Controlled 26 Flexo’s New Ian Hole Resolution FFTA Forum 2009 Greg Collins, incoming FTA chair- man, invites all members to attend the SPI Luncheon on Monday,May 4 in Orlando, FL. The defi nitive guide to all the exhibitors who will be present on the INFO*FLEX show fl oor May 4-5 in Orlando, FL. INDUSTRY INDICATORS 16 Pressing Issues 55 INFO*FLEX 2009 A combination of advanced optics and screening technology now allows digi- tal LAMs plates to image at 4,000dpi. Chromatographic Data Burton S. Todd A primer on how to read and interpret data generated by a gas chromatograph. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 30 How to Review Blades on Ceramic Rolls and Cylinders? Michael Paczkowski Some essential facts about the physics of friction generated between anilox rolls and doctor blades. 36 Why is it OK to Use Ceramic A highly advanced new technology is automating registration and impres- sion setting at levels not previously thought possible. EXHIBIT GUIDE PLANTS & PROCESSES BUYER’S BRIEFING Perfection 40 Peak of Packaging Christian R. Bonawandt General Mills’ Jolly Green Giant has been a packaging icon for more than 50 years. Today, modern fl exo technol- ogy and a brand-wide redesign are helping solidify that status. 44 Penny Wise or Pound Foolish? David J. Lanska More now than ever, there is a need to save money and operate as effi ciently as possible. But some upfront cost cuts can lead to unnecessary long-term expenses. and Analyze Gas Robert Fricke An overview of the steps necessary to become SGP compliant, and thus pave the way for certifi cation. 50 SGP Compliance Criteria 52 Developing a Policy Doreen M. Monteleone and Gary A. Jones A formal, public statement declaring the company’s internal sustainability practices is necessary before a printer can become a candidate for SGP certifi cation. Sustainability FLEXO® Magazine (ISSN-1051-7324) is published monthly by the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association. Address all correspondence to FLEXO® Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212. Telephone: 631-737-6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright ©2009. All rights reserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 U.S./$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 U.S./$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 U.S./$170 foreign. Single copies: $7 U.S./$10 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, and at additional mailing offi ces. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXO® Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXO® Magazine is the offi cial journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance fl exographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXO® Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA. APRIL 2009