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FLEXO Magazine : March 2010
SESSIONS MONDAY, MAY 3 (continued) Game-Changing Surface Pre-Treatment Technology High performance package configurations and new flexo technologies continue to drive packaging into existing, as well as completely new markets. As new state-of-the-art technology is installed and with processing costs under pressure to enable flexography to ramp-up in 2011, surface pre-treatment technologies must become a key enabler relative to higher processing speed, wider widths, and requirements on inks and coatings to transfer and adhere to substrates at these speeds and widths. This presentation gives evidence of new flexible packaging print performance benefits using new atmospheric plasma treatment (APT) technology. Rory Wolf, Enercon Industries Corporation Trends in Coated Liners Print quality continues to become more demanding which requires double coated to achieve desired results and improved refining to get minimal print mottle. Lightweighting is still slow to happen, but many are talking about it. Integrated companies have no desire to push because this would be a major investment. Technology does exist to help with minimal washboarding on lither weight liners. Cooler corrugating produces better results, but has been driven by need to cut energy and starch costs. Steve Rote, M-real USA Corp. Photopolymer Plate Technology – What’s New and Exciting Increased graphic demands and reduced lead-times are becoming the norm in the flexo market. Printing plates are no exception and are a key component of the flexo process. This presentation will feature the latest in photopolymer plate technology along with some of the key features and benefits that will help the industry continue to grow and convert not-in-kind printing technologies. Bob Hannum, DuPont Packaging Graphics Starting with Design John will share the evolution and process on the selection of branding color pallets to make a psychological and emotional connection for CPC’s and their brands. John McDonald, Brandimage-Degrippes & Laga TUESDAY, MAY 4 8:00aM – 10:00aM inks: delivering the Message through Collaboration What are the innovative ink technologies that are being utilized today (and will be utilized tomorrow)? How do they meet the requirements of the brand owners and help communicate the brand to consumers? How do they increase shelf appeal? This collaborative value chain team will provide an exciting perspective of color movement from the emotional conception phase, right through to the printing/finishing applications and the finished package. Driving established color standards from the beginning of design, throughout the process, promotes: creative thinking; utilization of a common language between design, prepress and print; enhanced speed and efficiency; and common color spaces. We will begin with a global design firm setting the tone for taking the CPC’s message/color directives from qualitative to quantitative, providing a case study that will focus on technology advancements for print tools, screening techniques, ink technologies, print quality/ color management, process control management and color harmonization (color simplification/Expanded Color Gamut). The message delivered by printing inks with the best-in-class tools utilized by the value chain has been a favorable message for the brand and shows the capability of flexographic printing today. Chair: John Edwards, Sun Chemical Corporation; Co-chair: Todd Mannira, Brandimage-Degrippes & Laga I find both Forum and INFO*FLEX to be great learning experiences. The networking opportunities are also a big highlight for me. “ — Tara Aubut, Flexo Concepts 10 ”
Sustainable Winter 2010