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FLEXO Magazine : October 2009
10 FLEXO OCTOBER 2009 www.flexography.org PRESSING ISSUES Asahi Opens Atlanta Tech Center Asahai Kasei recently activated its fourth and largest global technology center---the first in North America. Located at 3800 Camp Creek Parkway, Bldg. 2400, Suite 112 in Atlanta, GA, the 3,000+ sq. ft. facility consists of the technical training cen- ter, as well as a small warehouse, offices and a 24-seat audi- torium. It complements Asahi's other global technical centers, located in Brussels, Belgium, as well as Fuji and Malaysia. Asahi's team in Atlanta is led by Osamu (Sam) Yamamoto, vice president, planning, Photoproducts Division; and con- sists of Joe Bauer, vice president, sales and marketing; Kevin Roberts, director of sales and marketing; and David Chinnis, senior technical advisor. Additional technical staff, as well as two or three additional sales personnel and customer service specialists are currently being recruited. Full staff is to be in place by year-end. When fully operational, the Atlanta facility will handle all Asahi Photoproducts training programs for all of the Americas. The center is seen as state-of- the-art equipment showroom with room to grow, according to Bauer. Chinnis and Yamamoto maintain that the operation has full graphic capabilities. In fact, as fitted, they said that Asahi's newest tech center resembles a small trade shop and can actually operate in that capacity. xpedx Named U.S. Authorized Reseller of Kodak Packaging Solutions Eastman Kodak Co. recently announced that xpedx is now an authorized reseller of its packaging solutions in the U.S. The agreement enables xpedx to provide important new flexographic package printing technologies to commercial printers, in-plant printers and companies specializing in package and label printing. DuPont Packaging Graphics Develops Cyrel® XD Digital Plate System DuPont Packaging Graphics recently announced develop- ment of the Cyrel® XD Hybrid Digital Plate System that allows flexographic platemakers to produce a hybrid digital dot using their existing digital workflows. The resulting hybrid digital dot has a flat top and broad supports similar to those produced in an analog workflow. "The Cyrel XD system will allow digital platemakers to use their existing computer to plate (CTP) and plate making sys- tems to produce the hybrid digital dot on an 'as-needed' ba- sis. A low-cost modification to the UV main exposure unit will allow the flexographer to turn the Cyrel XD system 'on' when they wish to produce a hybrid digital dot or 'off ' when they wish to produce a traditional digital dot," said Ray Bodwell, marketing manager for DuPont Packaging Graphics. While testing has shown that the conventional digital dot profile still produces the best image carrier for most flexo ap- plications, in those cases when a customer needs the digital hybrid shape, Cyrel XD systems will allow them to do that. "Systems and upgrades need to be low cost and workflows need to remain flexible and open. The Cyrel XD system is low-cost and there are no proprietary films or consumables associated. In the end, a customer can just drop it in and go," said Bodwell. For more information on the Cyrel XD system, customers should contact their local DuPont technical sales representa- tive or visit our website at www.cyrel.com/na. Harper Partners with Anderson & Vreeland Harper Corporation of America is pleased to announce that it has named Anderson & Vreeland of Bryan, OH, as its distributor for the sale of anilox rolls to the narrow web, wide web and corrugated sectors for certain areas of the Western U.S., which includes the states of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. "This is terrific for both of our companies," said Pete Hart- man, vice president of sales at Harper. "We know that Harper Corporation of America will be extremely well represented." W&H to Host Open House Windmoeller & Hoelscher will host its in-house EXPO 2009 staged at its headquarters in Lengerich, Germany, from Nov. 10 to 12. The company plans to unveil new technologies in film extrusion and package printing. Details about the equipment on display and the agenda are available in a flyer, which is available for downloading. Interested parties can contact the Event Organization Team at email@example.com, +49 151 14026411, or register at https://event.wuh-lengerich.de/tms/ frontend/frontend.cfm?l=1246. Flexo G7 Training At Clemson University IDEAlliance recently announced a new training schedule for G7TM Ex- perts/Professionals. This enhanced training schedule will include more in-depth coverage of color theory and G7TM theory along with extended opportunity for practical exercises. The training session is being hosted by Clemson University in its new Sonoco Flexographic Lab. This is an exceptional opportunity to learn how to implement G7TM in a flexographic production environment from two industry leaders, Don Hutcheson, the inventor of G7TM and Jay Sperry, Clemson flexo research associate. What to Bring: • Laptops are optional. The training facility will have WIFI access. • An optional handheld spectrophotometer if you wish to measure targets yourself. • An optional hand-held spectro-densitometer for taking spot CIELab readings. • A 1 GB or larger thumb (flash) drive for a copy of the lab materials. • Notebook and something to write with For more information, contact Joe Fazzi at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, contact Wendy Leyes at email@example.com. INDUSTRY INDICATORS
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