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FLEXO Magazine : October 2010
FTA TODAY 6 Publisher’s Ink 4 CPP: Riding the Upswing An FTA member preview of CPP/Pack Expo. TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES 8 MIS and SPC Tim Daisy Advances in machine connectivity and MIS software are facilitating fast and effective statistics for process control. 12 Let’s Not Forget the Solids Rich Emmerling and Dan Reilly A study examining the effect of plate and cushion hardness on pinholing in solid print. 14 Real Cost Reduction in Printing Paul Lancelle The choice of plate material can have a big effect on waste and other cost factors. 27 Centralized Color Database Servers Jim Raffel Better color communication starts with having all parties access and reference the same color database. 32 Innovative Color Matching on Press Klaus Kleeman Automated in-line color matching is the latest innovation in press technologies. CORRUGATED 36 The End is Just the Beginning A resurgence of older plate technologies has begun a trend of refurbishing once-thought outdated equipment. CARTONS 40How toMake a Folding Carton A special primer to the carton industry and carton-making process. 52 Pressroom Standardization Bill Malm A guide to selecting the best anilox rolls for spots and process colors. INDUSTRY INDICATORS LABELS 56 Technology is the Trump Card Robert Moran and Christian R. Bonawandt Pushing narrow web printing to its limits was the name of the game at Labelexpo Americas 2010. 68 Optimism in Face of Adversity An interview with Charles Murray, newly dubbed president of Sun Chemical North American Inks. FTA Excellence Awards Brochure inside! (page 19) 8 40 Repeatable print. Consistent color. It all boils down to two words: process control. Measuring results, tracking data, and eliminating variables is the name of the game for this month’s issue. It starts with a look at MIS technologies as a tool for statistical process control, as well as ways of reducing fixed costs and standardizing process elements. Hot off the show floor is a recap of Labelexpo Americas, as well as a special feature courtesy of the Paperboard Packaging Council. OCTOBER 2010 VOLUME 35, NO. 10 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 Call For EntriEs SubmiSSion deadline: January 19,2011 www.flexography.org|www.ftastore.com 2011 FTA ExcEllEncE in FlExogrAphy AwArds 2011Exce ll ence_brochure_mech .i ndd 1 9 / 30 / 10 11 : 07AM FLX_Oct10_mech.indd 3 10/15/10 9:27 AM
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