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FLEXO Magazine : June2010
FTA TODAY www.flexography.org june 2010 FLEXO 7 Why are we at INFO*FLEX? Marc Levine of The Color Man- agement Group asked the question then answered it: • Commitment to flexo and package printing. • Commitment to best practices. • Exciting new products and technologies. Others expressed similar sentiments. “Amazing atten- dance—great show. Vast improvement over the last two years. New technologies are being brought out. We’re going to give some a try,” exclaimed Sunil Datt, Packaging Technologies Inc. Ken Friedman, The Provident Group, observed, “Fantasic, excellent movement. Good meetings. People are starting to come out.” Paul Merkel. MacDermid, added, “We’ve been having a fantastic show. It’s a blowout for us! I’d say it’s the best FTA show ever.” “Traffic was great...the best in five years,” noted Gordon Smith and Neil Surber of Harper Corporation of America. Bill Amsbury, Amway, offered, “The FIRST Session was great. I could relate to everything they were saying—I live that every day. Forum has real value for a CPC like me.” Ray Bodwell, DuPont Packaging Graphics, commented, “The show sur- passed our expectations from the get go!” Citing a recurring theme: “Design to Print,” Allen Mar- quardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp., a newly elected member of FTA’s Board of Directors, reiterated this advice, “Start with the basics. Support cost savings. Create strong customer partnerships.” Measurable advances Quality concerns often dominated discussions, particu- larly when it came to controlling flexo’s variables, as well as documentation of measurable advances through ongo- ing research work. Recent developments in Flexo Quality Consortium studies were briefed, and breakouts to discuss next steps were staged. Development of a G7 dataset for narrow web took center stage, beginning with Steve Smiley, Vertis Inc. , at a pre-Forum software tutorial; then progressed to include active involvement of a printer, Nicole Ross, The Meyers Printing Companies; as well as Mike Buystadt, Flint Group Narrow Web and Shawn Oetjen, Dunwoody College of Technology. Mark Mazur of DuPont tackled wide web G7 characterization. Research by other FQC teams addressed Extended Gamut Ink Selection, discussed by Al Bowers, RR Donnelly; ISO Flexographic Ink Standards, handled by Jay Sperry, Clemson University; Narrow Web UV Ink Spitting, explained by Sean Teufler, Harper Corporation of America and Rory Marsoun, Clemson University; and anilox roller volume measurement gauge studies where findings were summarized by Dan Reily, Flint Group. Paul Loedwyk, FQC chair, presided over breakouts that may lead to launch of additional research. Emerging trends and new technologies, always the constant concern at any FFTA Forum, were threaded through several time blocks, beginning with the pre- Forum Software tutorial, proctored by Cayleigh Nichols, Prairie State Group; and stretching into a full two-hour Sunday afternoon session, chaired and co-chaired by Kodak’s Dr. John Anderson and Asahi’s David Galton; then was revisited in the INFO*FLEX Presentation Theater on both Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Product specifics were up for discussion, with listener interaction and constructive open dialogue encouraged. Initial display of this give-and-take came Saturday, as April Clark, speaking on behalf of Adobe Software, unveiled new refinements to Cre- ative Suite 5—from Bridge to Photoshop and on to In Design. She was immedi- ately followed by Cath- erine Haynes, All Printing Resources and Larry Moore, EskoArtwork who pointed to efficient work- flow systems designed to maximize productivity in a myriad of different print production environments and situations. Glimpses into present state-of-the-art techniques and future possibilities were offered in succinct format in both the Emerg- ing Trends and New Technologies Session, as well as in the INFO*FLEX Presentation Theater. Top- ics addressed in rapid fire, by a roster of 14 speakers included: • Lenticular Labels, Bruce Hammerbeck, Pacur • Cast & Cure UV Coat- ings/Finishes, Tim Cain, Breit Technolo- gies • Smart GPS (see Technical Innovation Story, page 26), Kurt Flatham, Bobst Group • Press Technology = Added Value, Jose Soler, Comexi • On-line Color Measure- ment, Richard Black, All Printing Resources • Printing for Polymer Electronics, Tim Claypole, Swansea University • Thirst for FIRST, Hunger for Color, Marc Levine, Color Management Group Fischer & Krecke GmbH/Bobst Group receives the FTA 2010 Technical Innovation Award. Charlie Brown, formerly of Topflight Corp., was the 48th inductee into the FTA Hall of Fame. Best of Show: Wide Web: Clear Lam Packaging Best of Show: Mid Web: Label Technology Inc. Best of Show: narrow Web: All Stick Label Best of Show: Preprint: SCI FLX_June2010_mech.indd 7 6/10/10 9:37 AM