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FLEXO Magazine : November 2010
5 The Great Plate Debate Supplementing the like-named kick-off session at FFTA’s Fall Conference, FLEXO offers this comprehensive guide to some of the major plate manufacturers’ product offerings. In the spirit of the conference, commercialism has been relaxed. 49 Right Tape/Right Plate: How Do I Tell? Complementing the Great Plate Debate is what you could call the Great Tape Debate. Four mounting tape professionals offer their respective stance on how to determine the best combination and results. 58 FQC Update Paul Lodewyck A rundown of current projects, status and volunteers working under the banner of FTA’s Flexo Quality Consortium. 60 InterFlex & Sustainability Jay Downey Long before its SGP certification, eco -friendliness came naturally to The InterFlex Group in Merrill, WI. FTA TODAY 4 Pub Ink 102 Association News PLANTS & PROCESSES CORRUGATED 62 High-End Graphics & Eco-Friendly Christian R. Bonawandt In only four years, Advance Packaging has gone from basic brown box to a leader in both high-quality graphics and environmental stewardship. CORRUGATED 68 Great People Make Great Printing Christian R. Bonawandt Hiring (and training) the right staff has made Great Lakes Packaging a stand-out success in quality corrugated printing. CORRUGATED 72 Corr Assets U.S. Graphics looks to imposition plates to add value and expand its business. CORRUGATED 76 Comp-lementary It’s all about being prepared at Abbott-Action. TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES CORRUGATED 78 Banding/ Washboarding Analysis Erik Hallberg A detailed study on the cause of banding/washboarding, plus a look at ways to mitigate it. 90 Pushing the Press to its Threshold James Etheridge Why don’t more narrow web presses run at their max speed? Because most printers have not read this article. 96 Flexo Printing Directly onto Extruded Flexible Tubes Harald Gavin Innovative technology and flexography have combined to bring high-end graphics to direct tube printing. INDUSTRY INDICATORS 100Printed Electronics: Killer Applications Dr. Peter Harrop It is starting to become clear that some printers need to think of themselves less as printers than as electronics manufacturers. 68 96 From burly and brown to bright and bold, flexo post-print corrugated has come a long way. While Kraft will always be a part of many manufacturers’ operations, a brazen few continue to step into the high graphics arena. In the spotlight this month: Advance Packaging, which embodied its own name, just four years ago, when it rebuilt both its headquarters and its business model. Fellow box maker Great Lakes Packaging talks about how finding good people helps bring good people (and success) to them. Also, be sure to check out our special FFTA Fall Conference supplementary features, including our own version of the Great Plate Debate. NOvEMBER 2010 VOLUME 35, NO. 11 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. 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