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FLEXO Magazine : March 2011
10 sessions Wednesday, May 4 10:30am - 12:00pm FIRST Roundtable (Open meeting) Be sure to attend this open forum to discuss and better understand Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST ) 4.0. Learn why FIRST is being embraced as a means to achieve predictable, consistent print results. Hear from others (and share your own experiences), on implementing FIRST. Everyone is welcome to attend. 10:30am - 12:00pm FQC Team meeting (Open meeting) The working break out session this year will be focused on the Expanded Gamut color project. After a brief introduction to the FQC and how it works, we will solicit ideas and potential sponsors for new projects. The major portion of the time available will be focused on issues around the Expanded Gamut concept. We will have a participative discussion around who actually can benefit, what are the barriers to ExGam and especially review the standard color selection project. We will review the work to date, the concepts at this point, and the path forward. The objective of the FQC is to provide a forum where parties interested in advancing flexography can provide input and hear the thinking of industry experts to come up with broad based solutions. This is your opportunity to help move the industry forward. 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 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 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 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_brochureMarch.indd 10 3/15/11 6:36 PM