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FLEXO Magazine : February 2010
Optimizing Plate Performance Putting People FIRST ForumQ&A FTA & Social Media FEBRUARY 2010 Flip This Issue for a Full Forum Brochure 8 34 Enhancing performance, boosting efficiencies--- that's what this issue is about. This month, FLEXO offers it on many levels, including advanced plate technologies, tips for best practices, and information about educational opportunities. It starts with a profile of The Robinette Co., which has enrolled in FTA's FIRST Operator Certification program in order to improve consistency and repeatability across all shifts. Next up, the chair and co-chair of FFTA Forum 2010 offer a glance at the upcoming event and the numerous added-value changes to the format and agenda. Finally, we examine the flexographic photopolymer printing plate, and provide advice for improving longevity, an analysis of durometer trends, and a look at a new anilox technology designed specifically for digital plates. FEBRUARY 2010 VOLUME 35, NO. 2 In This Issue FTA TODAY 6 Publisher's Ink 60 Engaging Ideas 8 Certified for Success FTA member The Robinette Co. has joined the ranks of flexo- graphic printers seeking FIRST Operator Certification for its production personnel. 12 FIRST Operator Certification CPCs across North America have identified FTA's certification program as the key to consistent and repeatable packaging run to run, and plant to plant. 14 Forum 2010: The Premium Package A new format and a boosted CPC presence are set to make Forum 2010 a premium experi- ence for attendees. INDUSTRY INDICATORS 21 Pressing Issues TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES 24 High Volume Pigment (HVP) Engravings Dave McBeth and John Bingham A new anilox engraving shape is ideal for use with expanded gamut and digital plates. 26 Performance Enhancing Cylinders Dr. E. Dean Gilbert After two years and an uncount- able number of press runs, the author presents findings in one plate cylinder 's effects on band- ing and other print issues. 34 The Life Expectancy of Plates Tim Reece Tips for proper handling, stor- age and cleaning. 38 Harder Durometer Plates and Firmer Cushion Tapes Jim Kulhanek A trend in plate and tapes is leading to better print quality. 42 Weighing Your Coating Options Sean Teufler Part two to last months article on coating applications. PLANTS & PROCESSES 50 Print on the Web Mary Mekelburg Connectivity and social media is changing the way flexographers do business. 54 The Silent Disease Ron Harper High school dropout rates con- tinue to plague U.S. schools. But flexographers can make a difference. 56 Whose Shoes Are You Walking In? Roger Bostdorff When talking to a prospective customer, it is important to have the right perspective. 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 ©2010. 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 service by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA. 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 email@example.com EDITOR Christian R. Bonawandt, ext. 31 firstname.lastname@example.org DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 email@example.com EDUCATION DIRECTOR Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 firstname.lastname@example.org GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGNER Katie Dubois email@example.com FULL FORUM BROCHURE AT BACK May 2--5 | The Paris Las Vegas | Las Vegas, Nevada Chair: Jean Engelke, Alcan Packaging | Vice-Chair: Mark Coffman, Dixie Graphics Experience the flexographic industry's PREMIUM educational & netwo v FFTA Annual Forum & INFO*FLEX Exhibition www.flexography.org