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FLEXO Magazine : January 2011
4 SESSIONS Sunday, May 1 9:45AM – 10:00AM Welcome to Forum 2011 Forum Chair: Mark Coffman, Dixie Graphics; Co-chair: Randy Butler, Printpack, Inc.; and Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association 10:00AM - 12:00PM Prepress Session Chairs: Hank Welter, Exopack & Larry Moore, EskoArtwork In an effort to capture the consumer’s attention in today’s marketplace, brand owners have driven flexible packaging printers/converters to seek new technologies that will streamline processes and produce consistent, vibrant graphics for every impression delivered to their customers. Whether color management or print resolution is the challenge, this session offers the solutions to help satisfy even the most finicky graphics professional and help your company take the checkered flag. So it’s “Gentlemen (and ladies), Start Your Engines” and let’s explore the approval process for new designs, and the merging of digital proofing and prototyping. Still skeptical? Hear directly from a CPC how new technologies are used, applied and viewed to satisfy the brand conscious consumer. 1:00PM - 3:00PM Sustainability Session Chair: Todd Wiederhold, Printpack, Inc. While sustainability was once looked upon by many as the latest fad in the marketplace, it has now become a necessary element of our business – one found in every customer presentation and RFP submission. Sustainability, the pursuit of continuous improvement and a realization of a reduction in the plant’s environmental footprint, is now an expected behavior for every printer/converter. In fact, it’s no longer acceptable to simply comply with applicable legal requirements and make vague claims regarding your environmental stewardship. Instead, it is expected that every member of the packaging supply chain is tracking and reporting on sustainability-related metrics; while at the same time, publicly declaring their goals for improving and executing new initiatives to achieve them. How do printers/ converters make meaningful improvements to their operations? How will these improvements achieve their three-fold goal: improved economic performance, minimized environmental impact, and societal improvements? This session will provide insight into assessing operational practices, evaluating emerging technologies and re-thinking how packaging is produced. 3:30PM - 5:30PM Emerging Trends Session Chairs: Malcolm Keif, California Polytechnic State University & David Bankson, Label Technology, Inc. Flexo continues to be the preferred process for the majority of packaging applications, as well as envelopes and labels. The savvy printer must develop new markets and simultaneously stay focused on key methods to increase throughput and improve flexo print quality. Often, determining the difference between Leading Edge and Bleeding Edge can be difficult and costly. What is the current thought on plate dot structure? Where are we with In-the-Round plate production? What about anilox technologies? Whether you are a technologist or a business strategist, this session will help you navigate key trends related to flexo plate technologies, ink metering, and high-density bar codes – emerging trends certain to become key drivers in setting the pace and winning the race to flexo packaging excellence.
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