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FLEXO Magazine : November 2010
FTA TODAY 4 FLEXO nOvember 2010 www.flexography.org Plates & Fate “The Great Debate”... Predicators of fate—a printing plate? Ever thought of things that way? Talk in this marketplace is indicating that perhaps, we all should be. Analysis and justification points to one clear fact: nearly every concern of any printer out there—from perfor- mance to profitability—has some basis in the plate. That statement will be reinforced, time and time again, this month, in Louisville, KY as Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association holds its Fall Conference, Nov. 8 -10—A FIRST Rate Idea: The Future of Flexo and Process Improvement. Cen- tral to the event: “The Great Plate Debate.” From properties to processing methods—thermal, water wash, solvent—and the spelling out of objectives; complete with expectations for efficiencies to be realized, major manufacturers have signed on to provide detail after fine detail. • In a nod to effectively integrating FLEXO Magazine, the official publication of FFTA, with its Fall Conference, those same manufacturers—Asahi Photoprod- ucts, DuPont Packaging Graphics, Eastman Kodak Co., EskoArtwork, Flint Group Flexographic Products, MacDermid Printing Solutions and Toyobo— have previewed their presentations in print; and then provided supporting documentation, listing out technical merits. • From thickness to durometer, and desired relief and dimensions to standard processing times/conditions and targeted applications; it’s all there in a single, extensive collection. It’s intentionally designed to support the Fall Conference presentation, and at the same time serve as a handy take-away reference guide. Objective Spot-on performance is the clear objective in selecting the right plate for the right job. Expect to hear that message echo through the briefing room of the Hyatt Regency Louisville. And anticipate seeing it married to the mission of FTA and the agenda of its member companies; namely, “Raising the capability of flexo print. ” Plate solutions will be presented as practical options; technologies, techniques and preferred practices; as versatile and affordable. PrOcess & PrOPerties Applications drawing comment will extend from process to line and screen work. Hints at extending run life, as well as optimum handling, cleaning and storage procedures are set to be offered. Steps to take to minimize mechanical wear will be outlined. User friendly equip- ment will be profiled and speed concerns addressed. Tight register, proper ink lay down, plate swell, image quality, tonal range, solid coverage and sharp details— nothing will escape the experts’ notice. Dot styles, shoulder angles, unique characteristics to improve print perfor- mance—the recommendations will roll in. Perfect resolution, guaranteed repeat- ability and reproducibility—these are the goals driving the suggestions. Ozone resistance, solvent toxicity and other environmental and regulatory issues remain open fodder for discussion. eFFiciencies Durability will come into focus, as will efforts to ensure printrun stability. The se- cret: control. The reward: A reduction in the number of plates produced. Plus: • Waste will be trimmed. • Washboard effects will be curtailed. • Downtime can be dramatically reduced. • Production and delivery windows can be trimmed and speed-to-market in- creased. End Game: Reduction in costs. Betterment in service. Enhancements in print quality. Continuous improvement of printer perfor- mance in our process world. Better fortunes for us all—customers included. pubLishEr’s ink BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Roxanne Baker, Cryovac Sealed Air Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, PCMC Greg Collins, C -P Flexible Packaging Gar y Hilliard, Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE FOUNDATION OF FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Roxanne Baker, Cryovac Sealed Air Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, PCMC Greg Collins, C -P Flexible Packaging Gar y Hilliard, Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino EDITORIAL ADvISORy COmmITTEE Richard Cervarich, DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys, Staples Print Solutions John Meyer Dave Nunez, International Paper John Paine, C -P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd. Environmentally friendly. User friendly. WATER-WASH FLEXO PLATE ® FAll cOnference EDitiOn FLX_Nov10_mech.indd 4 11/1/10 2:19 PM
Sustainable Fall 2010