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FLEXO Magazine : March 2011
9 sessions FIRST: Proving it Everyday You’ve implemented FIRST into your workflow. Now what? How do you sustain the first year of excitement and commitment? Let’s discuss how to use today’s information to improve tomorrow’s results. We will discuss how to avoid the road blocks in order to enjoy continued success! Kim Madigan, Smyth Companies Measuring L*a*b vs. Density & Dot Gain With the increasing complexity of designs in the flexo market, there is greater demand for measurement tools to help control color consistency through data. Should printers monitor density or L*a*b* standards, even on process colors, and adhere to a delta E tolerance? L*a*b* measurements give more data, but the main question is, “Is this additional data useful and necessary?” Jessica Harkins, Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. Color Communication in the Digital Age Accurate color communication starts with a good color specification. Advances in measurement technology and software now allow brand owners and designers to specify digital color standards. If a color is specified in a digital format it can be passed down the supply chain and used around the world with no change, keeping the integrity of the original design. The goal of this presentation is to introduce attendees to the idea of digital color communication (as opposed to relying strictly on physical standards) and its practical application. A focus on communicating color between various players in the digital supply chain will be addressed as well. This session is perfect for brand owners, designers, ink suppliers, and process control managers. Brian Ashe, X-Rite, Inc. Aim, Tune, & Synchronize: A Look at Matching a Specification for Non-Standard Print Conditions Thanks to specifications such as FIRST and GRACoL 7, the practice of printing to the numbers is becoming increasingly widespread. However, the confusion which arises when non-standard materials (inks and substrates) prevent an exact match to the spec limits the usefulness of the spec. This presentation will look at the usefulness of aiming at a specification even when our specific printing conditions do not meet the specification. Mark Samworth, EskoArtwork 10:30AM - 12:30PM Inks & Substrates Session Session Chairs: David Nuñez, International Paper Company & Rick Pomerenka, Printron Over the past few years, the intensity of the pressures on businesses like ours to perform at the highest, most optimal levels, while saving money in the process, has multiplied considerably. Compounding those harsh demands is stiff competition, environmental issues and oh yeah...the Walmart scorecard! Stressful times? You bet! Every company in today’s printing/converting field is looking to accelerate past the competition and get to the finish line first. This session will help you do just that. The information these four presenters will relay will give you that ‘edge’ by offering up ideas you can use in your own processes immediately. 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 process...and even what the right color measurement instrument is that will help your performance. These are just a few of the topics that will be covered and we are sure that any one of these will hit home for you and let you get to the winner’s circle before your competition! Forum2011_brochureMarch.indd 9 3/15/11 6:36 PM