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FLEXO Magazine : April 2011
3:30pm - 5:30pm Flexo continues to be the preferred process for the majority of packaging applications, as well as envelopes and labels. The savvy printer must develop new markets and simultaneously stay focused on key methods to increase throughput and improve flexo print quality. Often, determining the difference between Leading Edge and Bleeding Edge can be difficult and costly. What is the current thought on plate dot structure? Where are we with In-the-Round plate production? What about anilox technologies? Whether you are a technologist or a business strategist, this session will help you navigate key trends related to flexo plate technologies, ink metering, and high-density bar codes – emerging trends certain to become key drivers in setting the pace and winning the race to flexo packaging excellence. Session Chairs: Malcolm Keif, California Polytechnic State University & David Bankson, Label Technology, Inc. Flat Top Dots: A New, Innovative Solution The technology described in this presentation uses high output UV technology to generate a unique dot shape, known as flat top dots, to provide benefits including optimized surface textures to greatly improve ink lay down and solid ink densities. Compared to competitive systems, this system does not involve the use of inert gases or require expensive consumables. In addition, there are no steps added to the standard digital plate workflow (such as film or negative film lamination). Rich Emmerling, Flint Group Flexographic Products 13 emerging trends session Sunday,May1 FORUM WORKBOOK