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FLEXO Magazine : February 2011
10 sessions Wednesday, May 4 8:00am - 10:00am The Great Flexo Digital Plate Debate – Round Two BY POPULaR DEmaND...Five returning technical experts will openly debate the major issues relative to flexographic printing plate systems that all printers want to hear about. After its successful debut at FTA’s 2010 Fall Conference, the Great Flexo Plate Debate returns for an extension of the discussion that received rounds of applause for its unique format and thought-provoking content. This closing Forum session will continue the debate on flexo printing plate technology with a hard-driven, insightful exchange that will drill down to the core values all flexo printers want to see addressed in an open, interactive environment. Technology will be at the forefront. You won’t hear any sales pitches here. The questions these experts will address...how do the major plate technologies in the industry compare on product attributes and how do these attributes contribute to overall enhanced print quality? Check back often to see how this session evolves. Close out the Forum with the Great Flexo Plate Debate...Round 2 before participating in one of the two open working group meetings. You won’t want to miss this one! Participants: David Chinnis, Asahi Kasei America, Inc.; Mark Mazur, DuPont Packaging Graphics; Paul Lancelle, Eastman Kodak Company; Rich Emmerling, Flint Group; and Dr. Timothy Gotsick - MacDermid Printing Solutions Moderator: Randy Butler, Printpack, 2011 Forum Co-chair Instrumental Reprise Just as a conductor must understand the intricacies of each instrument in the orchestra, anyone interested in color management must understand the various properties of the color management instruments available to the industry. Advantages and disadvantages of each type of instrument will be discussed in relation to color management issues. James Ford, Color Resolutions International Controlling Ink Dynamics for Process Improvement Flexo printers commonly pay close attention to the basics - color, pH, and viscosity. Too many times other key attributes are overlooked, which negatively impact quality and efficiency. Often overlooked are ink temperatures in which heat buildup can severely change viscosity and pH. Additionally, ink delivery factors can result in either too much which blows out end seals or too little can starve the anilox. Learn how controlling complete ink dynamics can increase productivity and control costs. Ed Dedman, Graymills Corporation Improving the Environmental Impact of Printing Inks An assessment on the level of sustainability in current ink market offerings will be given. The presentation will include a discussion of the available raw materials having a high degree of sustainability. Topics discussed will be development efforts toward more sustainable inks, novel raw materials for inks that have higher sustainability, new approaches to employ traditional, renewable ink raw materials, and the use of traditional ink raw materials in applications employing new sustainable packaging materials. Scot Pederson, Siegwerk USA Surface Energy 101 A primer on the ins and outs of surface energy in regards to water ink flexographic printing. This presentation covers (1) surface tension of the liquid ink formulation, (2) treatment of the substrate via corona, flame, plasma, and newer technologies, to (3) results of the marriage of this liquid-solid phase along with reasons for success and reasons for possible failures. Scott Maloney, Sun Chemical Corporation Forum2011_brochureFeb.indd 10 2/15/11 11:34 AM
Sustainable Winter 2011