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FLEXO Magazine : September 2010
FTA TODAY 10 Publisher’s Ink 76 Association News INDUSTRY INDICATORS 24 Pressing Issues 12 Image Improvement New study by PRIMIR shows that flexography is poised for strong growth, and will con- tinue to take market share from offset and gravure. 14 2010 FPA State of the Industry Report Flexible packaging will remain the second largest packaging segment, with flexo as the top print process for it. 16 Opportunities and Challenges in Packaging Paper Markets Frank Perkowski Recent and emerging develop- ments within this the paper packaging market will likely result in major market shifts go- ing forward. 23 Survey: Food, Beverage Execs Cautiously Optimistic Beverage CPCs foresee growth for their market, but at a slower rate than predicted earlier. PLANTS & PROCESSES 26 Innovation without Limitation Christian R. Bonawandt ASL Print FX believes that true value is in added value—going so far as to change its name to reflect its cutting-edge attitude. 32 A Legacy in Labels A Q&A with Terry Fulwiler, recently retired CEO of WS Packaging Group, and winner of the R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award. 40 No Compromises Christian R. Bonawandt To the question of solvent versus thermal platemaking, The Label Co. answered: both! TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES 44 The Future of Color Management Brian Ashe Recent progress in the core math engine for profile genera- tion has produced innovative results. 50 New High Density Bar Codes Glenn Spitz Opportunities and challenges await beyond basic UPC symbology. 60 Troubleshooting Guide: Pinholing/ Fisheyes Peter Menzian Thinning ink film thicknesses have led to increased cases of pinholing. Part of FLEXO’s ongo- ing troubleshooting series. 64 Image Optimization Mike Ruff New software cuts ink usage and improves print outcomes. 70 A Refreshing Change Dave Chinnis A revolution in water-washable photopolymer technology has arrived. 74 Digital Convergence with Flexo Sheila Nysko and Kristof Dekeukelaere Hybrid inkjet technology blends the best of digital and flexo - graphic printing. FFTA Fall Conference Brochure inside! (page 53) Original CMYK Image Hvy GCR CMYK Image Optimized Image 3 Color Down Comparison Notice that even though optimization saved ink... it added color to be more accurate to the RGB Original Notice the color shift on the Hvy GCR Nice pure gradient! Dress is blue... not purple Dress is Shifting to purple Light GCR Shifting gradient 40 64 It’s September, which means it’s Labelexpo Americas! In response, FLEXO has assembled an all- star collection of quality technical articles, as well as profiles of some of the most cutting-edge narrow web flexo print operations in North America. Making the cut: ASL Print FX, a frequent FTA Excellence in Flexography Award winner and this year’s narrow web Best of Show; The Label Co., a coast-to-coast innovator who has dared to mix both solvent and thermal plate processing in- house; and WS Packaging, whose former CEO and current chairman is this year’s R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award winner. SEPTEMBER 2010 VOLUME 35, NO. 9 In This Issue 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 firstname.lastname@example.org EdiTOr christian r. bonawandt, ext. 31 email@example.com dirEcTOr OF businEss dEvELOPMEnT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 firstname.lastname@example.org EducATiOn dirEcTOr Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 email@example.com grAPHic/WEb dEsignEr Katie dubois firstname.lastname@example.org “The Kodak Flexcel NX Digital Flexographic System produces higher quality than I’ve ever seen, in a process that is incredibly predictable and productive.” ©Kodak,2010.Kodak,DigiCapandFlexcelaretrademarksofKodak. Tristan Zafra, Owner, Trisoft Graphics Inc. “There’s nothing else out there that comes close. We can make flexo plates that print successfully at 300 lpi, with 100% repeatability. We can print vignettes that go down to zero without hard lining. We’re getting more density and much better ink transfer in a more efficient process. The press comes up to color more quickly, and the plates are clean after the run. The Flexcel NX System is opening new doors for us.” See for yourself. Take the flexo challenge today. Contact Kodak at www.kodak.com/go/FlexcelNXChallenge To learn more, visit kodak.com/go/packaging. Kodak Flexcel NX Digital Flexographic System 2009 Technical Innovation Award Kodak Flexcel NX Digital Flexographic System Kodak DigiCap NX Screening FLX_Sept2010_mech.indd 3 9/2/10 12:42 AM