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FLEXO Magazine : February 2011
FTA TODAY www.nordmeccanica.com Your profit margin can be significantly increased with lamination. If you need to extend your production to lamination: we can make it easy. If you need to upgrade your coating-lamination capacity: we can make it happen. NORDMECCANICA Spa Strada dell’Orsina, 16 29100 Piacenza - Italy phone 0039 0523 596411 telefax 0039 0523 612051 email@example.com NORDMECCANICA N.A., Ltd. 250H Executive Drive, Edgewood 11717 New York - Usa phone 001 631 2429898 - telefax 001 631 2429899 firstname.lastname@example.org Nordmeccanica N.A. Ltd is a full service company for USA, CANADA and MEXICO LINEAR COMBI - Duplex Configuration 11 technologies just 1 machine Super SIMPLEX SL “the most sold laminator in North America” storming exercises will be plentiful. They ’ll take place right out in the open—right on the INFO*FLEX floor. I ’ve lost count of the number of great ideas that Forum and INFO*FLEX combined have given me personally. I can, however, tell you that all have served me well.” Running down a brief agenda of what’s in store for flexog- raphers this May in Indianapolis, Coffman pointed to the following: Prepress: Our chair and co-chair have been working very hard to put together a very interesting session for the attend- ees. We will all get to hear directly from a respected consum- er product company with regard to how it attempts to keep customers satisfied. There will be a great amount of informa- tion that the prepress providers should appreciate. For exam- ple, our printed marketing materials state that, ‘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 resolu- tion 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. ’” Sustainability: “This session will provide insight into as- sessing operational practices, evaluating emerging technolo- gies and re-thinking how packaging is produced. Questions we plan to address include: ‘How do printers/converters make meaningful improvements to their operations?’ and, ‘How will these improvements achieve their three-fold goal: improved economic performance, minimized environmental impact, and societal improvements?’” Emerging Trends & New Technologies: “Expect to hear about different plate technologies, new developments with anilox rolls, and how the new bar codes in our industry can be printed successfully. Again, Forum marketing materials offer a glimpse at what’s in store, namely, ‘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 lead- ing edge and bleeding edge can be difficult and costly. 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.’” Operational Excellence Through Lean Thinking & Ap- plications: “This is a subject that should be important to all of us, so we wanted to give it some attention at Forum 2011. We have enlisted help from an organization that we work very closely with, Printing Industries of America. Ken Rizzo, PIA, is the chair. He has put together a great session. He says, ‘Printers must apply a focused methodology based on the Japanese automotive industry ’s Lean manufacturing model to keep running on all cylinders. The aim of Lean manufacturing is the systematic identification and elimination of all forms of waste and non value-added activities. Learn how methodi- cally applying Lean principles brings victory on the war on waste and leads to first-rate production practices, standard- ized methods, and optimized processes. ’” FQC: “Topics such as G7, anilox measurement and plate technology will be included. FQC projects investigate se- lected process variables in order to further develop reproduc- ible process concepts that will allow for measurable advance- ments in flexographic printing technology. In this session, individual project teams will present their findings. Plus in a Wednesday public meeting, new recruits will be offered an opportunity to get involved with FTA’s technical arm—both on the existing projects and the identification of new initiatives. “ FIRST: “We will have perspectives from all areas of our industry, but it looks to be a very informative session for the printer, which is our goal. Although, there will not be any updates on the status of FIRST 4.1 during this session, you can hear about FIRST 4.1 updates at an open roundtable meeting on Wednesday morning in Indianapolis. Again, let me quote our marketing materials that set our expectations. ‘ T he pace of the flexo industry can be fast and frenzied. How do you get to the finish line with your project without hitting the wall? On the agenda: what to do when the job requirements don’t fit neatly into your current process specifications.’” Inks & Substrates: “We feel that inks and substrates are two topics, both of which are extremely important to the printer/converter; but because we added a new session (Op- erational Excellence), we felt that combining these two topics makes a good fit. Here’s our promise: ‘Pull in for a pit-stop and hear what these speakers say about the environmental impact of inks, the very best way to meter ink in the flexo pro- cess...and even what the right color measurement instrument is that will help your performance.’ Put the pedal to the metal, blow past your competitors, take the checkered flag and step into the winner’s circle.’ THE NETWORKING FLOOR “ When it comes to INFO*FLEX, we’ve forecasted a sell-out, with every booth taken. This will be the biggest gathering of packaging, printing and converting professionals and their strategic partners, to take place under one roof in North America in 2011. That’s the selling point of INFO*FLEX. The exhibit clearly delivers on its promise. And I say that, speak- ing from personal experience. “ Where else can you go and meet with suppliers from all aspects of the flexographic printing industry? If you have questions on just about anything, you should be able to find answers here. This is also the place where exhibitors show off any new technologies that they may be introducing. It’s something not to be missed.” THE EPILOGUE “I would not be where I am in this industry, if it were not for the people I have met over the years, and the companies I have worked for. But, as I said earlier, the constant in my career over the past 23+ years has been being involved with the FFTA, in one way or another. “I encourage all printers/converters, if they have not done so yet, to become involved. Years ago, I told my youngest son that I still learn something new every day. Well, he held me to that, and over the next few weeks, I had to tell him what I learned. I was relieved when he finally quit asking me. But, you know what, I still learn something new every day in this industry. Please don’t ask me what, as I am at that age when the first thing to go is the memory. “One thing is for certain FFTA’s Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition is a must attend event! It always makes my calendar. You simply can’t beat the information to be gleaned, the ideas to take home and the critical contacts made on the INFO*FLEX trade floor. And, it all happens under one—well, this year, two roofs. Flexographers, start your print engines!” n 16 FLEXO FebruArY 2011 www.flexography.org FLX_Feb11_mech.indd 16 2/16/11 8:50 AM
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