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FLEXO Magazine : August 2009
FTA TODAY ASSOCIATION NEWS Crosshairs Color in the rs he TAKING AIM AT REPEATABLE & PREDICTABLE COLOR Color is King at FFTA’s Fall Conference! FFTA’s 2009 Fall Conference and Tabletop Exhibit, themed, “Color in the Crosshairs: Taking Aim at Repeatable and Predictable Color” is scheduled for Oct. 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH. Conference highlights include a CPC/print buyer discussion, a preconference tutorial on color theory and measurement and step-by-step FIRST 4.0 demonstrations. Attendees will learn about common prepress issues, platemaking processes, pressroom procedures, measurement and control, raw materials, statistical process control/capabilities, and more. Registration rates start at only $95 for FTA members ($180 for non-members). TABLETOP EXHIBIT As of press time, 18 companies have reserved space in the tabletop exhibit: Apple Inc., Alden & Ott Printing Inks, Anderson & Vreeland Inc., Asahi Photoproducts, Color Resolutions, Comexi North America, Drilling Technical Services, DuPont Packaging Graphics, Environmental Inks and Coatings, Flexo Wash LLC, Harper Corporation of America, ISRA Vision, MicroDynamics, Lederle, Luminite Products, MacDermid Printing Solutions, The Provident Group, and Stork Cellramic. Space is still available. Contact Jay Kaible at 631-737-6020 ext. 20 or jkaible@fl exogrpahy.org. For more information call 631-7376020 or visit www.fl exography.org. Forum 2010 Theme: The Premium Package Forum 2010, themed, “Experience Forum Twenty-Ten: The Premium Package - Content, Contacts, Concepts and Commerce,” is slated for May 2-5 at Paris Las Vegas. Jean Engelke, Alcan Packaging and Mark Coffman, Dixie Graphics, chair and co-chair respectively, are spearheading the planning process with FFTA and the Forum committee. INTERESTED IN EXHIBITING? Promote your company to the largest meeting of converting and packaging printing professionals! Sign-up to exhibit at INFO*FLEX 2010, May 3-4, in Las Vegas. Download an exhibit contract today. For more information, contact Jay Kaible at 631737-6020 ext. 20. Check out www.fl exography.org for more Forum 2010 details as information becomes available! An In-the-Round Challenge WWLC TO SUPPLIERS: READY WHEN YOU ARE! The time is now! The benefi ts are understood. The interest is out there. That’s what members of FTA’s Wide Web Leadership Council (WWLC) are saying about in-the-round (ITR) platemaking tech- nology. The WWLC consists of industry volunteers representing active FTA-member wide web fl exographic printing/converting companies. Since mid-2008, the Council has established a goal of exploring ITR technology to try to fi nd a cost-effective solution for implementation. A number of Council members commercially use ITR plates, some frequently, others only for specifi c applications. Now the time has come for suppliers to step up. The WWLC formally issued a challenge to manufacturers of ITR plates and imaging equipment, as well as supporting prepress providers: Build a program for wide web printers/converters to minimize initial investment and long-term costs associated with adopting this technology. This program should include the following information: • Who each sleeve supplier will be partnering with for ITR graphics, or vice versa. • A description of the sleeve stocking programs. For example, will the supplier stock most 10 pitch and 1/4 pitch sleeve repeats for standard press widths for all major press manufacturers? If not, what is the expected timeline to get sleeves? • Expected turnaround time from fi nal art fi le provided to ITR prepress provider to delivery of fi nished print sleeves. The WWLC has asked that representatives from each company join FTA’s Supplier Leadership Council or Prepress Leadership Council (depending on which is applicable) and, with support from those respective councils, start a joint project with the Wide Web Leadership Council. Those interested in answering the challenge may contact Council Leader John Paine, C-P Flexible Packaging (email@example.com) or FTA Staff Liaison Christian Bonawandt (cbonawandt@fl exography.org). 14 FLEXO AUGUST 2009 www.flexography.org