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FLEXO Magazine : March 2010
SESSIONS TUESDAY, MAY 4 (continued) An Environmental Impact Assessment of Solvent, Thermal and Liquid Platemaking This presentation compares the mass and energy efficiency of multiple platemaking technologies to help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of each. The University of Tennessee’s Center for Clean products has developed an Environmental Footprint Calculator that uses LCA data to determine the environmental footprint of solvent, thermal and liquid plate processing. This calculator allows the user to input variables such as gauge, geographic location, and size/quantity of plates used. Because there is no single answer to all platemaking needs, we’ll highlight the key characteristics of each technology so that those making operational decisions can pick the best technique to meet their needs. Heather Barrett, MacDermid Printing Solutions WEDNESDAY, MAY 5 8:30aM – 10:30aM FQC (Flexo Quality Consortium) “The Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC), acting as a select standing committee of the Foundation of FTA (FFTA), will provide the industry with a better understanding of the factors controlling the quality of the flexographic printing process. FQC projects investigate selected process variables in order to further develop reproducible process concepts that will allow for measurable advancements in flexographic printing technology. FQC actively participates in the global graphic standards committees and associations in researching and representing the flexographic printing process and FIRST.” In this session the individual project teams will present their findings and answer questions. This is your chance to interact directly with those who are working to provide the data basis for new industry guidelines and standards. Chair: Paul Lodewyck, Flint Group; Co-chair: Al Bowers, RR Donnelley Wide Web G7 Characterizations The G7 characterization process provides many advantages to printers in terms of process efficiency, quality and competitiveness with other printing platforms. Wide web flexo results are not necessarily consistent with offset or other platforms, so an effective competitive position for flexography may require and independent dataset. This project is gathering data from a sufficient number of characterizations to develop information that will be provided to ISO to establish a dataset. Mark Mazur, DuPont Packaging Graphics, Project Leader Defining the NW G7 Dataset Create a data set from 10 flexographic press printed following G7 specifications. Compare the resulting narrow web data set to existing data sets and determine if the narrow web data set is acceptable within the existing dataset, or if two different data sets are needed. If the new dataset is needed, determine if it is precise within itself. The report will include a summary of 10 characterization runs. Shawn Oetjen, Dunwoody College of Technology, Project Leader; Mike Buystedt, Flint Group, Co-Leader Why We Are Participating in the G7 Characterization Project This presentation will focus on why, as a printer, we are participating in the project to develop a narrow web characterization data set, and what we hope to gain and how we see it impacting our business. Nicole Ross, The Meyers Printing Companies Extended Gamut Ink Selection According to a survey of our membership, extended gamut printing continues to generate interest, despite no real consensus approach or color set. A number of systems and colors are used; this project team intends to identify, compare and quantify the effectiveness of adding various colors to the standard CMYK ink set. Al Bowers, RR Donnelly; Danny Rich, Sun Chemical Corporation, Project Leader Anilox Roller Volume Measurement Gauge Study Determine Repeatability and Reliability (R&R) of current anilox measurement devices. As there is no ANSI standard, deviation between instruments will be determined and potential calibration established. Dan Reilly, Flint Group; Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies, Project Leader Narrow Web UV Ink Spitting Ink spitting has been a chronic problem in UV flexo printing for narrow web applications. The issue causes reduced running speeds, added clean ups, and compromises press efficiency. This project is designed to investigate the parameters that can influence the problem, and identify the root cause or causes. Mike Huey, Harper Corporation of America, Project Leader ISO Flexographic Ink Standard ISO 12647 currently calls for process inks to be certified under ISO2846-5. This project evaluates consolidation of 12
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