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FLEXO Magazine : April 2011
20 Near Neutral Density Update The results of the G7 Near Neutral Density characterization data sets for Narrow Web will be presented. Several flexo sets were run with multiple inks on multiple presses on multiple substrates. The significance of the results to printers and print specifiers will be explained with assistance from Steve Smiley of Vertis, in addition to how the program can impact other platforms as well. Shawn Oetjen, Dunwoody College of Technology Reproducibility of Active Anilox Volume Measurement Methods Dan will overview the results of the gage R&R analysis of several different anilox volume measurement methods as well as the practical importance of the results. Tests were conducted by industry experts and students at Clemson University to determine reproducibility by various user skill levels. Results were statistically analyzed for significance. Daniel Reilly, Flint Group Flexo Printing with Ultra-Thin Plates (0.030”) Tests have been performed that compare 5 commercial plate hardnesses with 3 cushion tape moduli to offer clear recommendations to the printer converting to ultra-thin plates. In addition, micro-screening technology was tested with ultra-thin plate surfaces exposed traditionally and with advanced exposure (flat-top dot) methods to determine potential low solid ink density fixes. Results of these tests, a review of the economical how-to, and environmental impact of moving to ultra-thin plates in the press room will be presented. PJ Fronczkiewicz, Flint Group Flexographic Products fqc session FORUM WORKBOOK monday,may2