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FLEXO Magazine : December 2010
three levels, students will have a solid understanding of FIRST methodology and be able to effectively commu- nicate, analyze and apply FIRST design/prepress /print specifications. • FTA/FFTA, its members and employees, were saddened to learn of the passing of former president George J. Pa- risi, on the morning of March 13. George had a profound influence on the Association, its Foundation, its members and the industry as a whole throughout his esteemed 26-year tenure. • The Association announced its new slate of officers for the Board of Directors (FTA) and Board of Trustees (FFTA). Michael Impastato (Flint Group) was introduced as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He succeeds Gary Hilliard (Hood Packaging Corp.) , who will remain on the Board as Immediate Past Chair. James Nelson (Great Lakes Packaging Corp.) was tapped as FFTA Board Chair-Elect, and will succeed Impastato in two years. Greg Collins (C-P Flexible Packaging) will continue as chairman of FTA’s Board of Directors, as will FTA Board Chair-Elect Greg Platt (GMF Flexo Prepress). Newly elected to the Boards are Lon Robinson III (Tension Envelope Corp.) and Allen Marquart (Kimberly-Clark Corp.). Continuing their terms on the Boards are Roxanne Baker (Cryovac/Sealed Air), Larry Claton (Paper Converting Machine Co.), Jean Jackson (Praxair Sur- face Technologies), Eric Jones (The Label Co.), Gene Martin (The Robinette Co.), David Neiman (All Printing Resources), and Michael Reinhardt (Windmoeller & Hoelscher). - Baker will take on the role of Vice Char, CPC/Edu- cation. Claton will continue his role as Treasurer. Jackson will continue as Vice Chair, Suppliers. Jones has accepted the position of Vice Chair, Printers/ Converters. Martin will carry on his responsibilities as Vice Chair, Scholarships. Neiman has taken on the role of Vice Chair, Project Evaluations. Reinhardt will continue on as Vice Chair, Solicitations. • Flexographic Technical Association/Foundation of FTA and FTA’s Training Education and Services Team (TEST); with the support and commitment of an extensive, highly experiences cadre of expert volunteers, is engaged in a far-reaching and comprehensive update of one of its flagship textbooks: Flexography: Principles & Practices. Release of the 6th Edition is set for 2011. More than 50 people, split into 12 teams are diligently preparing the text and all accompanying worksheets. Teams/topics entail: Design, Ink, Substrates, Process Control/Quality, Process Color, Mounting and Proofing, Environmental Health and Safety, Prepress, Plates/ Platemaking, Presses and Press Equipment, Barcodes, and Industry Size, Scope and Historical Perspective. • Indianapolis, IN—a bustling city which has long prevailed as an icon of motorsports excellence—will play host to the Indy 500, the Brickyard 400 and Forum 2011. Building on the momentum of Forum 2010, which welcomed an unprecedented number of flexographers and package printers/converters, Forum 2011 (May 1-4) is aptly themed “Setting the Pace for Packaging Excellence.” The pre-eminent event in the flexographic printing and converting trade, will be chaired by industry veterans Mark Coffman of Dixie Graphics and Randy Butler of Printpack Inc. The agenda includes sessions on Emerging Trends & New Technologies, FIRST (Flexo- graphic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances), FQC (Flexo Quality Consortium), Inks and FTA TODAY 6 FLEXO june 2010 www.flexography.org • 1,500+totalregistrants • 350session attendees onaverage • FiveCPCs represented intechnical presentations, manymoreinattendance • Sold-out INFO*FLEXshowfloor Livingup toitsdualbilling as: “a premiumpackage”and “anexperience nottobemissed,” Foundation ofFlexo- graphicTechnicalAssociation’s 2010AnnualForumand INFO*FLEX exhibition drew 1,500+stakeholders in the pack- agingdevelopmentchaintoLasVegas,NV,May 2-5.There, 400+printersstoodside-by-sidewiththeirvaluedconsumer productcompany customers,as well as graphicdesigners, prepresstradeshops,andtheiressentialsuppliers—manu- facturersand distributors.Collectively, they borrowedand builtoneachother’s ideas whiledraftingstrategiestodrive theindustry forward. Onaverage,350peopleturnedout foreachofeighttechni- calsessions.Standing-roomonlywasoftentherule.Pre-show bonusseminars—FIRSTOperatorCertificationLevelIand aSoftwareTutorialstretching fromG7toAdobeCS4and CS5—werefilledtocapacity,evenafterseats wereadded. INFO*FLEXwasasell-outwith186firms displayingtheir waresin218individualbooths.Even thePresentationTheater, situated rightonthetradefloor, frequentlyoverflowed as at- tendeeshungeredforknowledgeonthelatest,state-of-the-art flexographicprintingtechnologies. Talkcoveredeverything frombrandintegrity,shelfappeal, productprotection, sustainability,socialresponsibility and lifecyclemanagement;tocommunication, collaboration, competitionandexecution. Sprinkledintotheconversation werefrequent mentions of:characterization, optimization, calibration, documentation, control,consistency, repeatability, predictability,quality andcustomersatisfaction. Daily snapshots compiledby eventorganizers revealed the following: • Met andgreeted 50+first-timeForumgoers. • Studententouragenumbered70. • 710+platesservedatSunday’s Awards Banquet. • INFO*FLEX 2010: 1,400+ on show floor. • INFO*FLEX 201166percent sold. Intotal,some65individualspeakers,assembled by Forum ChairJeanEngelke,Kodak;andViceChairMarkCoffman, DixieGraphics;presentedbriefingstotheaudienceatwhat many saidwillprovetobetheyear’s singlelargest gathering offlexographers inNorthAmerica.Theirwords prompted a very positiveresponse.Heard around Forumwereshort,suc- cinctreviewslikethis:“Iwas wowedbythepassionand en- thusiasmspeakers havefortheirsubjectmatter.” “Impressed withallthediversityintheroom.” “ThePremiumPackagewas producedattheright timeandattherightcost.” “The Premium Package”: Produced at the Right Time in the Right Place FFTA Forum 2010 Recap By Robert Moran and Christian R. Bonawandt FLX_June2010_mech. i ndd 6 6/10/10 9:37AM FTA TODAY www.flexography.org june 2010 FLEXO 7 WhyareweatINFO*FLEX?MarcLevineofTheColorMan- agementGroup askedthequestionthenansweredit: • Commitmenttoflexoandpackageprinting. • Commitmenttobestpractices. • Exciting newproductsand technologies. Others expressedsimilarsentiments.“Amazingatten- dance—greatshow.Vastimprovementoverthelasttwoyears. Newtechnologies arebeingbroughtout.We’regoingtogive somea try,”exclaimedSunilDatt,PackagingTechnologies Inc.KenFriedman, TheProvidentGroup, observed,“Fantasic, excellent movement.Goodmeetings.Peoplearestarting to comeout.”PaulMerkel.MacDermid,added,“We’vebeen havingafantasticshow.It’s ablowoutforus!I’dsayit’sthe bestFTAshowever.” “Trafficwasgreat...thebestinfiveyears,” notedGordon SmithandNeilSurberof HarperCorporationofAmerica.Bill Amsbury,Amway,offered,“TheFIRSTSessionwas great.I could relatetoeverythingtheyweresaying—Ilivethatevery day.Forumhasrealvaluefora CPClikeme.” RayBodwell, DuPontPackagingGraphics,commented,“Theshowsur- passed ourexpectationsfromthegetgo!” Citinga recurringtheme: “DesigntoPrint,”AllenMar- quardt,Kimberly-ClarkCorp.,a newlyelectedmemberof FTA’s BoardofDirectors, reiterated this advice,“Startwith thebasics.Supportcostsavings.Createstrongcustomer partnerships.” Measurable advances Quality concerns oftendominateddiscussions,particu- larlywhenitcametocontrollingflexo’svariables,aswell as documentationofmeasurableadvancesthroughongo- ing researchwork.RecentdevelopmentsinFlexoQuality Consortiumstudies werebriefed,andbreakoutstodiscuss nextstepswerestaged. DevelopmentofaG7datasetfor narrowwebtookcenterstage,beginningwith SteveSmiley, VertisInc., ata pre-Forumsoftwaretutorial;thenprogressed toincludeactiveinvolvementofa printer, NicoleRoss,The Meyers PrintingCompanies;as wellas MikeBuystadt,Flint GroupNarrow Web andShawnOetjen, DunwoodyCollege ofTechnology.MarkMazurofDuPonttackled wideweb G7 characterization. Researchby otherFQCteams addressedExtended Gamut InkSelection, discussedbyAlBowers,RRDonnelly;ISO FlexographicInkStandards,handled by Jay Sperry,Clemson University;NarrowWebUV InkSpitting,explainedbySean Teufler, HarperCorporation ofAmericaand RoryMarsoun, ClemsonUniversity;and aniloxroller volume measurementgaugestudies wherefindingsweresummarized by DanReily,FlintGroup.Paul Loedwyk,FQCchair, presidedover breakoutsthatmay leadtolaunchof additionalresearch. Emergingtrends and new technologies,alwaystheconstant concernatany FFTAForum, were threaded throughseveraltime blocks,beginningwiththepre- ForumSoftwaretutorial, proctored by CayleighNichols,PrairieState Group;andstretchingintoafull two-hourSunday afternoonsession, chairedand co-chairedby Kodak’sDr. JohnAnderson and Asahi’sDavidGalton; thenwas revisitedinthe INFO*FLEX Presentation TheateronbothMonday and Tuesdayafternoons. Productspecifics were upfordiscussion, with listenerinteractionand constructiveopendialogue encouraged.Initialdisplay ofthisgive-and-takecame Saturday,asAprilClark, speakingonbehalfof AdobeSoftware,unveiled new refinements toCre- ativeSuite5—fromBridge toPhotoshop andon toIn Design. Shewasimmedi- atelyfollowedby Cath- erineHaynes,AllPrinting ResourcesandLarry Moore,EskoArtworkwho pointedtoefficient work- flowsystems designedto maximizeproductivityin amyriadofdifferentprint productionenvironments and situations. Glimpses intopresent state-of-the-arttechniques and futurepossibilities wereoffered insuccinct formatinboththeEmerg- ingTrends andNew TechnologiesSession, as wellas intheINFO*FLEX PresentationTheater. Top- icsaddressedinrapidfire, bya rosterof14speakers included: • LenticularLabels, BruceHammerbeck, Pa cur • Cast &CureUVCoat- ings/Finishes,Tim Cain, BreitTechnolo- gi es • SmartGPS(see TechnicalInnovation Story,page26),Kurt Flatham, Bobst Group • Press Technology = AddedValue,Jose Soler, Comexi •On-lineColorMeasure- ment,RichardBlack,AllPrintingResources • PrintingforPolymerElectronics,TimClaypole,Swansea University • ThirstforFIRST,HungerforColor, MarcLevine, Color Management Group Fischer&Krecke GmbH/Bobst Groupreceivesthe FTA 2010 TechnicalInnovationAward. Charlie Brown, formerly of Topfli ght C orp., wa s the 4 8th indu cte e into theFTAHallof Fame. BestofShow:WideWeb:ClearLam Packaging BestofShow:MidWeb:Label TechnologyInc. BestofShow:narrowWeb:AllStick Label BestofShow:Preprint:SCI FLX_June2010_mech. i ndd 7 6/10/10 9:37AM THE FUTURE IS ROUND Untilnow, if youwantedthe superiorprint quality andhigh press speed of continuous-print flexosleeves,you had to accept the longleadtimes associated withcustom-made productsmanufactured inEurope.Faced with a fast turnaround project? Youroptionswere limited. Not anymore. DuPont isopeningits first NorthAmericanmanufacturing site for Cyrel® roundsleeves.Finally,you will be able toenjoy the benefits of Cyrel® roundsleeves—gravure-like image quality, near-perfect register, improvedtonal range, excellent ink laydown,highpressspeedandmore— all withimproved lead times. Whether you’re interestedin solvent-process continuous print blanksor our new Cyrel® FASTroundsystem, yourchoice hasneverbeenclearer. And, the resultshave never beenfaster. AtDuPont PackagingGraphics, we createprinttechnologies—innovations that move the flexographic industry forward. Copyright©2010DuPont.Allrightsreserved.TheDuPont Oval,DuPontTM,ThemiraclesofscienceTMandCyrel®aretrademarks orregisteredtrademarksofE.I.DuPontdeNemoursandCompanyoritsaffiliates. DuPont PackagingGraphics “Advancing Flexography” www.cyrel.com/na DPG-RoundAD-Flexo.indd 1 10/25/10 8:58PM Right Plate, Right Tape: How Do I Tell? fa ll conference edition FLX_Nov10_mech.indd 49 11/1/10 2:25 PM LIFE CAN BE GOOD AGAIN NO print defects were experienced NO unnecessary press stops occurred NO blade edge breaks Printing Doctor Blades Your blade life can be 10 times longer with SWEDCUT Distributed exclusively by CANADA – USA – MEXICO FLXON Incorporated +1.704.844.2434 www.flxon.com Exclusive Distribution in CANADA – USA – MEXICO FLXON Incorporated +1.704.844.2434 www.flxon.com Performance Through Quality “I THOUGHT I HAD TO CHANGE BLADES EVERY 8 HOURS” Printing Doctor Blades “In order to prevent anilox scoring, we changed doctor blades every 8 hours on our W+H presses. Since switching to SWEDCUT from a cheaper brand, we have the confidence to run blades for 24 hours or more on multiple jobs. Our anilox roll repair and our blade spend are both a lot less.” Operations Manager, Major Flexible Packaging Printer Northeast USA FLXON_4_8Hours_kd.indd 1 7/15/10 9:50 AM 16 FLEXO december 2010 www.flexography.org FTA TOdAY FLX_Dec10.indd 16 12/15/10 12:59 PM