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FLEXO Magazine : July 2007
FTA HEADQUARTERS & FLEXO EDITORIAL, ADVERTISING, SUBSCRIBER SERVICES 900 Marconi Avenue Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PUBLISHER Robert Moran rmoran@?exography.org Phone ext. 17 MANAGING EDITOR Christian R. Bonawandt cbonawandt@?exography.org Phone ext. 31 DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible jkaible@?exography.org Phone ext. 20 DIGITAL DESIGN & PRODUCTION Red Flag Media www.red?agmedia.com TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Dr. John Anderson 412-531-6209 DrJohn@?exography.org TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Laura Wayland-Smith Hatch lhatch@?exography.org 315-589-8879 FLEXO® Magazine (ISSN-1051-7324) is published monthly by the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association. Address all correspondence to FLEXO® Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212. Telephone: 631-737-6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright ©2007. All rights reserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 U.S./$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 U.S./$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 U.S./$170 foreign. Single copies: $7 U.S./$10 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, and at additional mailing of?ces. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXO® Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXO® Magazine is the of?cial journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance ?exographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXO® Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA. JULY 2007 VOLUME 32, NO. 07 In This Issue Innovation in ?exographic printing comes in many forms. This month, we salute technologies from prepress to press that are helping change the game and bring ?exo closer to, if not far in front of its com- petition. Even newspapers, one of the smallest segments of ?exo print- ing, is innovating with a new test plate that helps identify defects in the plate or platemaker. Also be sure to read about two publication printers expanding their horizons in the direction of ?exo. Departments Publisher's Ink 4 FTA Today 6 Pressing Issues 9 Advertiser's Index 49 Classi?ed Advertising 49 Engaging Ideas 50 NEWSPAPER PRINTERS Linear Motors Test Your Plates Press as Pro?t Center UV Flexo vs. Screen JUL Y 2 00 7 12 P’s & Q’s Sustainability Christian R. Bonawandt Sustainable ?exography was a hot topic at FFTA’s 2007 Forum, and printers/converters on hand were able to glean much insight from those who spoke on the concept. 14 Product Trend Report Modern Presses = Pro?t Centers Mike Lawrence Innovative in-line ?exo printing machines have the newest technology that delivers high levels of ?exi- bility and print quality, low operating cost, and short cycle times that are needed for the future growth of the industry. 18 Prepress Fixing the Broken Work?ow Gretchen A. Peck Responsibility and accountability are critical ele- ments in any work?ow. A new pre?ighting program puts those elements back into the packaging pro- duction process. 20 Hot Technologies Next Generation UV White Ink Mike Buystedt Can ?exo replace screen on opaque white? The au- thor offers studies into the matter and presents data that says it just might be possible. 24 Hot Technologies Will Linear Be The Next Servo? Claudio Maggio New presses hitting the market use linear mo- tors to set impression. Some say this technology achieves a precision only dreamed about with servo drives. Obviously, ?exographers are monitoring developments. 28 Newspapers Exposing Exposure Problems Lindsay Limbaugh A new test plate designed at Chattanooga Times Free Press is intended to help publication printers detect defects in their plates and platemakers. 32 Newspapers The Daily Hampshire Gazette Goes Flexo Hoshin Seki This Northampton, MA-based publication printer is trading its 40-year-old offset press for a brand- new ?exo machine. 36 Beginner Flexographer You Can Handle It! Harold Blair The author offers ergonomic and storage tips to make sure you and your plates do not suffer un- necessary damage from improper handling. 40 Testing and Analyses Cloning Ink Lab to Press Bill Poulson A study is showing that doctor-bladed hand proof- ers are producing colors closer to press product than conventional models. 44 Global Markets We Can See the Future David Galton The EFTA (UK) reveals its main concerns going into the future of ?exography in this story, expand- ed from a presentation at FFTA Forum 2007. 14
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