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FLEXO Magazine : March 2010
SESSIONS SUNDAY, MAY 2 (continued) On-Press, On-line Color Measurement The world of flexographic color printing has changed dramatically in the last few years. We are now printing images, screen rulings, and number of colors that was previously unheard for the flexo process. To facilitate this quality improvement, ICC color management and tighter process control specifications are required. Handheld spectrophotometers are becoming commonplace in the pressroom. But why have we not seen on press or inline spectrophotometers? This session will review the challenges associated with in-line spectrophotometric measurement for flexo presses and possible solutions that will be coming to market. Richard Black, All Printing Resources Flexographic Printing for Polymer Electronics Printing of polymer electronics is a major disruptive technology which will affect the ways in which many things are manufactured, including lighting, sensors and photovoltaics. It also has the opportunity for combining electronics with graphics, to produce intelligent packaging. It is likely that printing will be based on hybrid equipment which includes flexography for the printing of conductive tracks, small features and solid areas. A series of trials have been undertaken using a narrow web packaging press on the printing of conductive silver and carbon, as well as larger areas of PEDOT/PSS. Several forms of novel plate technology have been employed to ensure the effectiveness and quality of the ink transfer. This will include examples of printed bus bars for wide area lighting and the printing of a conductive carbon ink on a cellulose based substrate to create fully compostable smart packaging. Tim Claypole, WCPC Swansea University MONDAY, MAY 3 8:00aM – 10:00aM FIRST From the Front lines The front lines can be messy, dangerous and chaotic places. Much like the flexographic printing industry, FIRST has changed significantly over the years to help businesses meet these challenges. FIRST 4.0 features new and detailed information, including improved process control tools, the addition of current terms and definitions, and incorporating current technologies. Even with an improved reader interface, implementing FIRST in any workflow or production environment can still prove challenging. In FIRST From the Front Lines, we will hear from people who have successfully used FIRST to improve their processes--from brand owners and designers, to printers and prepress providers. This will be an “open book” session, referencing specific FIRST sections that were helpful in each case study. Please make sure and bring your copy of FIRST 4.0 to arm yourself for the best chance to win the war on these flexo front lines. Chair: Eric Ferguson, EskoArtwork; Co-chair: Scott Gilbert, Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. The FIRST Steps to Becoming World Class: A Converter’s On-going Journey As flexo converters/manufacturers, we are all looking to improve processes to help achieve more uptime, consistent quality, customer satisfaction and profitability. There are many tools but only one that has been researched, reviewed, documented and proven to address the challenges we face every day - FIRST 4.0. This resource has been derived from years of experience both in and outside pressroom and serves as a great educational tool that will help any organization understand the many intricacies and challenges that have been confronted over the years by the pioneers who have walked before us. Join us as we share our journey as we took our FIRST steps. Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group 8
Sustainable Winter 2010