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FLEXO Magazine : November 2009
16 FLEXO NOVEMBER 2009 www.flexography.org FALL CONFERENCE EXHIBITORS Sponsoring FFTA's Fall Conference was its tabletop exhibitors: ACTEGA WIT (formerly Water Ink Technologies) Alden & Ott Printing Inks Anderson & Vreeland Apple Inc. Asahi Kasei America Braden Sutphin Ink Color Resolutions International ColorCert Consultants LLP Comexi North America Inc. Drilling Technical Services Inc. DuPont Packaging Graphics Eastman Kodak Co. eltromat America Inc. Environmental Inks & Coatings Erhardt + Leimer Ltd. EskoArtwork Flexo Wash LLC GMF Flexo Prepress Harper Corporation of America ISRA Vision Lederle Luminite Products Corp. MacDermid Printing Solutions MeasureColor.com/Advanced Color Technologies MicroDynamics Inc. Stork Cellramic Inc. The Provident Group X-Rite Inc. FFTA would like to thank its Fall Conference Planning Committee for its role in devising and securing the show's agenda and speakers. Jason Barrier, Printpack Inc. Robb Frimming, Schawk Inc. Robert Hughes III, Hughes Integrated Jean M. Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Co. Jay Sperry, Clemson University John Edwards, Sun Chemical. print partners need to support and reference the brand. Our goal is to hit the CPC's specified numbers on press with zero adjustments required. We have to identify trigger points and action items. The sure way to develop opportunities for im- provement is to collect statistical data and leverage results." Engineering color in the print qualification process was addressed by Sun Chemical's John Edwards. "There are 27,335,490 potential combinations that can happen in a print- ing operation!" he professed. "One question---'What hap- pened here?' is definitely hard to answer." Obviously getting it asked should be avoided whenever and wherever possible. Edwards suggested that flexographers "Control the vari- ables that you can." He stressed remembering that different press configurations---central impression, in-line and stack--- produce different results. "A lot of challenges are on the table," he said. "Shallower and shallower aniloxes require stronger and stronger inks." Most importantly, Edwards noted, "Business is moving. It's changing. There are new tools to use. Verify their fit," he urged. "From laboratory to production is a journey." FTA TODAY
Sustainable Fall 2009