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FLEXO Magazine : September 2009
28 49 If it's September it must be labels! In keeping with the Fall show circuit, this month's issue takes on the wide world of label printing. FLEXO gives you the global label perspective, starting with a new targeted market study by Freedonia Group, as well as a recap of a series of major panel discussions conducted by international narrow web advocates FINAT. Be sure to also read profiles of multi-national YORK Label and Caribbean Label Crafts. SEPTEMBER 2009 VOLUME 34, NO. 9 In This Issue FTA TODAY 10 Pub Ink 15 Association News 12 The Economics of FIRST Cayleigh Nichols Prairie State Group recently imple- mented FIRST specifications, and is now reaping notable financial benefits. 14 FTA Unveils New Web Video Series For those who wish to learn more about TEST, FTA has announced a series of 'TESTcast' Web videos ex- plaining the purpose and benefits. INDUSTRY INDICATORS LABELS 16 North America: The World's Label Powerhouse A new study by Freedonia Group names the U.S. region as the No. 1 producer of labels worldwide and examines trends throughout North America. LABELS 18 Visions of the Future FINAT recently assembled a panel of narrow web industry experts to assess the future of labels into the year 2020. LABELS 22 Growth Opportunities Abound The recent global recession ap- parently did not close the doors to industry growth---it only made it more crucial for label printers to embrace emerging technologies that will be on display at Labelexpo Europe. PLANTS & PROCESSES LABELS 28 Global Perspective Christian R. Bonawandt With operations in three countries, YORK Label understands business without boundaries. LABELS 32 Caribbean Label Crafts On the island of Barbados, FTA mem- ber Caribbean Label Crafts is em- bracing FIRST 4.0 as a precursor to a fully color-managed digital workflow. P'S & Q'S 34 Keeping it in Balance Kim Madigan Measuring before and during the printrun helps Smyth Companies keep its process in control. LABELS 36 Label Them Digital Ian Hole Narrow web flexographers across North America are embracing digital printing as a complement to their existing process. 49 What Lean Means for Printers Malcolm G. Keif Tips for reducing setup times and other Lean recommendations specifi- cally for printers. 54 Starting Your Lean Journey Bill Hanover Advice for how to make those critical first steps toward a leaner operation. TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES 60 Opportunity In Hand Bill Pope and Michelle Beuscher The third and final part of this series on FIRST methodology: process control. 64 Sustainable Green Inks for Flexo Vyankat D. Sindphale, Alexandra Pekarovicova, and Paul D. Fleming A study on the printability of differ- ent "green" inks by the 2008 Sun Chemical Fellowship recipient and his colleagues. BEGINNER FLEXOGRAPHER 70 How to Control Spot Colors During a Run Deanna Whelan Some simple steps for keeping color in control. 74 A Greener Metal Dennis Drummond and Dr. Albert Lin A new UV-curable metallic coating is opening doors for greater sustainabil- ity in metallic effects for flexo printing. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 78 Calibration of Your Gas Chromatograph Burton S. Todd Part IV of this five-part series on gas chromatography: why and how to calibrate the device. 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 email@example.com EDITOR Christian R. Bonawandt, ext. 31 firstname.lastname@example.org DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 email@example.com TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Bill Pope Phone: 585-267-5434 firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION DIRECTOR Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 email@example.com GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGNER Katie Dubois firstname.lastname@example.org 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 offices. 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 official journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance flexographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXO® Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or ser vice by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA. Full Fall Conference Schedule-at-a- Glance on page 84.