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FLEXO Magazine : March 2011
16 Compatibility is the question when the fate of a print outcome lies in balance. Engineered substrates and high-performance inks are designed to facilitate productivity, so today’s material options continue to push boundaries. The commodities are versatile, valued and not to be wasted. In this edition, a large and extensive cadre of authors tackle the issue of selecting the right combination of ink and substrate for the right job. Their collective mission: Explain how to improve quality, trim costs, control waste, maintain consistent color and promote fast changeover. Cover photo courtesy of AET Films. marCh 2011 VOLUME 36, NO. 3 In This Issue 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 ©2011. 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 offices. 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 official journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance flexographic 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. 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, ext. 17 email@example.com ediTOr christian r. bonawandt, ext. 31 firstname.lastname@example.org direcTOr OF business deveLOPMenT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 email@example.com educATiOn direcTOr Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 firstname.lastname@example.org grAPHic/Web designer Katie dubois email@example.com 50 FTa TODaY 6 Publisher’s Ink 60 ad Index 62 Sources & Solutions 64 Web Watch 8 INDUSTrY INDICaTOrS Pressing Issues this March include leadership conferences and awards, brand studies, training and certification opportunities, UV technology updates, appointments, passings and more. The news comes from nearly a dozen active and engaged FTA member companies. PLaNTS & PrOCESSES 14 attack Scrap!!! Robert Moran Clemson University ’s Duncan Darby, PhD, keynotes targeted industry seminar, “Scrap Reduction through Scrap Prevention, ” and briefs 50+ flexible packaging converters on the ins and outs of solvent-free lamination. TEChNOLOGIES & TEChNIQUES 16 Inks, Substrates & Interdependency Michael Impastato Choosing the right combination of ink and substrate makes all the difference in graphic performance. 24 Secrets to Sustainability Scot Pedersen Bio-derived renewable additives, solvents and resins are key to going green. 28 Print Faster With Cleaner, Truer Colors James Ford Drying speed, resolubility, pH dependence, surface tension, foam control, rheology— these are but a few of the ink characteristics that influence the quality of a print job. Fortunately, you can adjust all of them. 32 Pumps on Press— Improve Quality, Control Costs Craig Shields There are three basic types of pumps for general printing. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each will help you optimize your system to meet the requirements of each particular job. 40 anilox rolls Can Net You Savings Sean Teufler Optimizing ink transfer from the anilox roll can eliminate drains on resources during makeready and production runs. 44 Packaging’s most Sustainable Substrate Randy Neil and Norm Doucette Recyclable, biodegradable, lightweight, paper uses fewer materials derived from fossil fuels than plastics and film, making it the industry ’s most sustainable substrate. 50 a matter of Chemistry Giancarlo Caimmi and Brooke Mullins Using solvent-free lamination on water-based inks has its challenges, but technology is rapidly evolving to accommodate the process. With a low investment in equipment, energy savings of up to 80 percent and no emissions, solvent-free lamination is the perfect technology to consider in the current economic climate. FLiP THis issue FOr A cOMPLeTe FFTA FOruM 2011 brOcHure! 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, ext. 17 firstname.lastname@example.org ediTOr Terri d’Arrigo, ext. 31 email@example.com direcTOr OF business deveLOPMenT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 firstname.lastname@example.org educATiOn direcTOr Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 email@example.com grAPHic/Web designer Katie dubois firstname.lastname@example.org FORUM 2 011 SPECIAL OFFERS • Register by April 22 and save $100. • “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” on Full Forum registrations for Printers/Converters and CPC’s. MAY 1–4 JW MARRIOTT AND INDIANA CONVENTION CENTER INDIANAPOLIS, IN www.flexography.org FORUM 2011 SETTING THE PACE FOR FLEXO PACKAGING EXCELLENCE FLX_March11.indd 5 3/18/11 1:31 PM