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FLEXO Magazine : October 2009
34 50 Flexographic printing plates come in many forms--- liquid, solid sheet, in-the-round, solvent wash, water wash, thermally processed. Matching the right plate and platemaking process to an operation can be a challenge. This month, FLEXO covers the gamut by exposing several breakthroughs in both image carrier and mounting technologies. In addition, we examine how the FIRST recommended process of exposure unit calibration has changed between now and previous editions of the guide. Also within these pages are two reports on in-the-round sleeves. OCTOBER 2009 VOLUME 34, NO. 10 In This Issue FTA TODAY 4 Pub Ink 8 Association News 6 Mutual Partnership, Mutual Benefits FTA's recent alliance with MEP will bring shared benefits to all Association members. INDUSTRY INDICATORS 10 Pressing Issues BUYER'S BRIEFING 12 Creative Workflow Management New tools are allowing brand manag- ers to better control production cycles. 22 The High Touch Daniel G. Wilson and Stacy Birk A recent study by the University of Illinois shows that hands-on expe- rience often draws students into graphic arts careers. 24 Brand Enhancement by Electronics in Packaging Dr. Peter Harrop Advancements in printed electronics will continue to enhance brands and add consumer convenience. TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES 26 Platemaking Calibration 4.0 Tom Cassano An examination of how the process and recommendations have evolved from the Premier Edition through FIRST 4.0. 32 ITR Platemaking: A Question of When Dan Heller The benefits of in-the-round plate- making are well known; the question is what it will take to create wide- spread adoption. 34 Continuous Print Polymer Sleeves Ray Bodwell Thermal processing can overcome many of the adoption hurdles for ITR, according to the author. 40 Thin is In Dan Rosen Ultra-thin (.030in.) plates have a track record for better printability and make good economic sense. 46 Displacement Cushioning John Rastetter A new kind of cushioned mounting tape is enhancing print quality. 48 In the Bag! A bagged liquid photopolymer offers unique benefits over traditional liquid platemaking processes. BEGINNER FLEXOGRAPHER 50 Measurement Devices for Process Control Justin Green A look at various devices necessary for color managing your workflow. 52 How to Match Today's Laser Cutting Technology to Application Requirements (Part I) The initial installment of a two-part series on this topic. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 58 Gas Chromatograph Maintenance and Troubleshooting Burton S. Todd In the fifth and final part of this series, the author provides tips for how to keep equipment running smooth. PLANTS & PROCESSES CORRUGATED 60 Visy Vision An interview with Dave Manning on the Australian board market. LABELS 62 Narrow Escape Heavy foot traffic and excep- tional sales at Labelexpo Europe 2009 have signaled the end of the economic woes. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org EDITOR Christian R. Bonawandt, ext. 31 email@example.com DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 firstname.lastname@example.org TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Bill Pope Phone: 585-267-5434 email@example.com EDUCATION DIRECTOR Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 firstname.lastname@example.org GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGNER Katie Dubois email@example.com 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.
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