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FLEXO Magazine : January 2010
FREE FOR EARLY BIRD ARRIVALS! 4 SATURDAY, MAY 1 9:00AM - 4:00PM FIRST Press Operator Certification -- Level I Begin your journey to becoming FIRST Press Operator Certified - for free! FFTA will be hosting a complimentary Level I course to all Forum attendees interested in attaining FIRST Certification, otherwise known as the flexo industry's standard of excellence. With certification comes myriad benefits: you will strengthen and grow your business; you will become a recognized leader in color accuracy and consistency; you will win new business from consumer products companies who are looking to award print jobs to those who can demonstrate high-quality, repeatable results, time and time again. The Level I course is designed for entry-level and non-production flexographic industry personnel and is the only level that applies to all job functions within the flexographic production environment. At the completion of the course attendees will be administered the Level I Certification exam. This free course is only available to those who have booked their sleeping rooms at Paris Las Vegas. 1:00PM - 5:00PM Software Tutorial Experience Vegas early at our unique computer lab tutorial sessions. We'll review key topics to assure you achieve the best in flexo prepress and printing operations including: 1. G7 Calibration Methodology and Software systems 2. Creative Suite 4 software update for packaging 3. Preflight systems for workflow efficiency and file accuracy SUNDAY, MAY 2 10:00AM -- 10:15AM Welcome To Forum 2010! Jean Engelke, Alcan Packaging; Mark Coffman, Dixie Graphics; and Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association 10:15AM -- 12:15PM Flexo 101: Meeting the Challenge The flexographic printing industry is known to have a strong drive for technological development, teamwork across and within segments, and an excellent foundation of continuous learning and co-development. The Flexo 101 session will provide attendees with a clear understanding of key flexographic printing components and how they interact within the workflow of design, prepress, production, and quality process control to result in best-in-class package printing. Chair: Jay Sperry, Clemson University; Co-Chair: Malcolm Keif, California Polytechnic State University 1:00PM -- 3:00PM Prepress: Streamlining the Process In an increasingly competitive marketplace, speed to market is the name of the game. The 2010 Prepress Session will focus on increasing the efficiency of digital packaging workflows through process improvement and innovative technology. Speakers representing prepress trade shops, printer/converters and consumer products companies will address their own workflows and how the need for speed has driven their decision-making. We'll also hear how software technology can play a role in helping our organizations meet the challenges of productivity through Lean practices. Chair: Michael Butler, Southern Graphic Systems; Co-chair: David Haradon, IPA 3:30PM -- 5:30PM Emerging Trends & New Technologies In our fast and furiously changing world, everyone is looking for the quickest and easiest method to reach the premium package. This session will highlight the bling bling that flexo is now bringing to packaging in your store aisle. On the agenda: how to most efficiently get the print to substrate; the technologies and trends that are shaping our future; how to measure color in this fast changing world; and technologies that will truly change your world and how you light it. This session combines experience and knowledge from around the globe, with the latest in trends and technologies, for flexo today, tomorrow, and the next decade. Chair: John Anderson, Eastman Kodak Company; Co-chair: David Galton, Asahi Photoproducts (UK) Ltd.
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