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FLEXO Magazine : November 2009
14 FLEXO NOVEMBER 2009 www.flexography.org THE RATINGS GAME Reaction and reviews to Foundation of Flexographic Technical Associations' 2009 Fall Conference, staged in Cincinnati, OH, Oct. 4-6 proved highly positive as statistical surveys were tabulated at the event organizer's offices. Forty percent of attendees furnished comment, with the majority of the poll coming from evaluation forms that were distributed on site. Tallying results, 78 percent of Fall Conference delegates rated the overall program "good" or "better;" Of those responses, 30+ percent deemed the presentations to be either " very good" or "outstanding." Counted among the commenters was Greg Jen- nings of Cryovac. "We got a lot out of this conference. I will take a lot back to the plant." His colleague, Joellyn Hayden expressed similar thoughts, "Very good content. Great planning and schedule." Mark Baibos of Webcor Packaging Corp., said, "This was my first FFTA Confer- ence! I really enjoyed the presentations! Nice job." Meagan Phelan of Hughes Integrated offered, "This was a fantastic conference that covered many currently relevant topics in the flexo industry. I found it to be a great educational resource and networking opportunity." Exhibitors participating in the tabletop networking sessions, like John Ferreira and Randy Wolf of Comexi, spoke to the experience. "The Fall Conference was bet- ter than we expected. We were able to meet and recon- nect with numerous important customers. Additionally, it was an opportunity to network with key suppliers in our industry. Our feeling is that this FFTA Fall Conference will certainly help us in the months to come." "The FFTA Fall Conference was a great success for us," said Mike Potter of Flexo Wash. "Where else can you go to learn from the very best intellects of the flexo industry, and at the same time have an opportunity to meet with your customers, one on one in a low-key, laid- back environment? It would take months of travel to see these same customers, and you may not come close to the same environment as the Fall Conference." "As a first-time tabletop exhibitor, we found the confer- ence to be an extremely valuable opportunity to meet with some of the industry's leading experts on color and color measurement," said Norm Uress of Advanced Color Technology. "Because of both the layout of the room and the time afforded to meeting with the attendee's, we were able to have substantive discus- sions with everyone we wanted to meet. We have attended other similar opportuni- ties recently but none have presented the quality of participants as we found here." Finally, Alice Iverson, Boston Beer Co., added, "Overall, it's very helpful to CPCs, such as ourselves to better understand some of the challenges flexo has in meet- ing our demands. I'm happy to see all these flexo print providers coming here willing to learn ways for improving con- sistency, quality and predictability." you're doing and it's a win for all." Seven-color process stresses productivity first, Harvey maintained. "You must work in a profiled environment. It demands consistency and control to eliminate variables; an un- derstanding of the process' capability, from design to lamination; and a closed loop system with continuous diagnostic feedback." John Hite, Bryce Corp., told listeners that printing with an expanded color gamut came with several requirements: a single set of colors, a single set of anilox rolls, a single set of process rules and a willingness to embrace process control." He advised printers and converters to follow a series of simple steps in deploying expanded gamut systems. "Design your process considering speeds that suit your machinery. Support your team to run at the desired speeds. Purchase or develop materials neces- sary to effectively produce at the desired speed. Commit to preventive maintenance programs." Kruncher's Chips line was redesigned with Expanded Gamut 7-color printing. Matt Azam offered play-by-play commentary on the project. Don Harvey, Schawk. Networking, networking, networking at FFTA's Fall Conference Tabletop Exhibit. FTA TODAY
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