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FLEXO Magazine : March 2011
Industry Indicators gram! There are nearly $73,000 worth of items offered for bid to help generate funds for those individuals who wish to advance their careers in flexography but require financial assistance. Items already up for bid range from flexo -related materials such as plate-mounting tapes, anilox rolls and doctor blades to vacation/golf packages, autographed books and a Gibson guitar autographed by country music artist and Grammy Award winner Gretchen Wilson. Donations to the FIRST Operator Certification Scholarship Online Auction can be made anytime before March 25 by going to http://flexography.org/04Education/first_auction.html. Items may be big or small, for company use or personal use. Cash donations are welcomed. FFTA is a 501(c)3 organization, so donated items may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor. Reminder: Bidding on these great items will commence on April 1 and will close on May 2 at 5:00 pm EDT sharp! To see what is already being offered, go to http://www.idonatetochar- ity.org/store/FFTA/. Inquiries can be directed to Doreen Monteleone at dmonte- firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-737-6020, ext. 30 . The following companies have donated to this cause: 3M Company, All Printing Resources, Alden & Ott Printing Inks, American Ultraviolet, Anderson & Vreeland, ARC Internation- al, CTS Industries, Eaglewood Technologies/Sani-blast LLC, Flexographic Trade Services, Flexo Wash, Graymills Corp. , Great Lakes Packaging & Gretchen Wilson, Harper Corpo- ration of America, HarperScientific, Label Vision Systems, Inc. , Lohmann Technologies Corp., Max Daetwyler Corp., PC Industries, Paragon Labels/Mrs Grossman’s, Peak Focus LLC, RBCOR LLC and Wikoff Color. Donors are featured on the auction website, along with company information, photos and description of the donated item. They also receive visibility in press releases, FLEXO Magazine and electronic notices. Ampac Earns Hd Flexo Certification AUBURN, Wash. — Ampac, a flexible packaging converter and long-time Flexographic Technical Association member serving the Seattle area, recently became the first EskoArt- work-certified HD Flexo user in the U.S. The facility special- izes in surface-printed polyethylene printing. It handles a wide range of products, including film extrusion, bag conversion and shrink-wrap. Ampac moved into HD flexography following the request of a customer who was looking to “take graphics to the next level,” says Joe Lydic, Ampac’s art director. “ T he client wanted more consistent color management, tighter detail in the screening and a 150-line screen.” Today, high-resolution optics and advanced screening technologies deliver 150-line screening at 4000 dpi with a smaller dot size and imaging quality that rivals offset. “ We always considered ourselves a very good printer with the auto blend hybrid dot,” says Lydic. “ We don’t use an ex- tended gamut—we print very well with four-color process. The hybrid dot worked well for us.” Installation in June 2010 included the existing CDI imager upgrade to the new optics and implementation of HD Flexo software. The rest of the workflow remains the same, includ- ing the anilox rollers and flexographic inks and solvents. “ We see a lot of positive attributes happening with solids and ink density,” says Lydic. “A good 2400-dpi printer has a highlight dot from 9 percent to 12 percent. HD Flexo brings that range down to 3 percent to 6 percent. When talking flexo, expanding highlights 6 percent is huge. When you image a fade or vignette with one to two colors with the hybrid dot in 2400 dpi, you have a rainbow effect or build-up—that’s not an issue with HD Flexo. You get a broader gamut range, sharper image, 150 lpi and tighter halftone dots. You get better ink transfer. From the testing we’ve done, imaging at 2400 dpi and imaging at 4000 dpi, with all the same standards and gains, HD Flexo gives you more ink saturation.” Jobs once reserved for 150-line gravure can now move to 150-line flexo, eliminating the increased costs associated with gravure prepress. Customers now have the option of using lower-cost prepress for shorter run packages with surface- printed flexo poly or reverse-printed flexo laminates, versus gravure-printed packages, without quality loss. Makeready and time to market are also reduced by avoiding long gravure prepress backlogs, a benefit for both Ampac and its customers. L-r: Joe Lydic, art director, and Gary Munch, prepress manager, examine HD Flexo plate. 10 FLEXO MarcH 2011 www.flexography.org FLX_March11.indd 10 3/18/11 1:31 PM