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FLEXO Magazine : August 2011
AUGUST2011ModernMarvelsIn t elligen t &E f ficien t P r esses Sho rt-R unP r in t ing M id We bS c i e n ce Co re E f fi c i e n c i es FTA HeAdquArTers & FLeXO ediTOriAL, AdverTising, subscriber services 3920 Veterans Memorial Highway Suite 9 Bohemia, NY 11716-1074 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PubLisHer robert Moran, ext. 17 firstname.lastname@example.org direcTOr OF business deveLOPMenT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 email@example.com AssOciATe ediTOr Mike Salerno, ext. 31 firstname.lastname@example.org educATiOn direcTOr Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 email@example.com grAPHic/Web designer Katie dubois firstname.lastname@example.org www.nordmeccanica.com Your profit margin can be significantly increased with lamination. If you need to extend your production to lamination: we can make it easy. If you need to upgrade your coating-lamination capacity: we can make it happen. NORDMECCANICA Spa Strada dell’Orsina, 16 29100 Piacenza - Italy phone 0039 0523 596411 telefax 0039 0523 612051 email@example.com NORDMECCANICA N.A., Ltd. 250H Executive Drive, Edgewood 11717 New York - Usa phone 001 631 2429898 - telefax 001 631 2429899 firstname.lastname@example.org Nordmeccanica N.A. Ltd is a full service company for USA, CANADA and MEXICO LINEAR COMBI - Duplex Configuration 11 technologies just 1 machine Super SIMPLEX SL “the most sold laminator in North America” august 2011 VOLUME 36, NO. 8 In this Issue COMMON sYNERgIEs & COMPLEX MatERIaLs: Wider repeats... Faster makereadies... Simpler handling... Quality that rivals gravure and offset—clearly, a new press can change the operational dynamics of a plant. Tech-savvy workers expect a high degree of automation from modern-day presses. FLeXO’s 3rd Annual Press Buyer’s Guide explains exactly what’s available. Fta tODaY 18 Color in Focus Mark Mazur See the latest technologies. Talk about the practical aspects of standardization. Polish your color management skills and techniques. Clearly bring “Color in Focus” at FTA’s 2011 Fall Conference. tECHNOLOgIEs & tECHNIQuEs 22 Converting from Roll to sleeve Paul Teachout Sleeves, ranging from print to anilox, are offering flexographers wider repeats, faster makeready, simpler handling and, at the same time, keeping them competitive with digital printing. 32 Flexo Postprint turns the Heat up on Litho Alistair Smailes Report after report now describes how boxmakers around the globe are making existing contracts more profitable, gaining new work and exploiting new markets—all by improving the quality of flexo postprint. 38 Numerous stations, Numerous Flexibilities Denny McGee Long, UV-flexo label printing presses are far from experimental. Today, they optimize UV-flexo quality to compete with offset and gravure. 44 Wide Web In-line Converting When it comes to postprint converting of large packaging in a flexo pressroom; one commonly finds a sometimes simple, sometimes sophisticated stack press driving the operation. 48 Platform Press Torben Rasmussen & Lars Eriksen Platform or combination presses have been continuously improving and winning favor among innovative printers/converters, who today apply common synergies in handling complex materials. FLEXO® Magazine (ISSN-1051-7324) is published monthly by the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association. Address all correspondence to FLEXO® Magazine, 3929 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 9, Bohemia, NY 11716. Telephone: 631-737-6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright ©2011. All rights reserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 U.S./$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 U.S./$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 U.S ./$170 foreign. Single copies: $7 U.S ./$10 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Bohemia, NY 11716, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXO® Magazine, 3929 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 9, Bohemia, NY 11716, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXO® Magazine is the official journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance flexographic technology. Accep- tance of advertising in FLEXO® Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA. 18 FLEXO AUG UST 2 01 1 w ww.f lexo graphy.org Color in Focus FTA’s Fall Conference—Planning, Rubric and ROI By Mark Mazur For the lastfewmonths, DanCollinsandIhave been workingwith theFTA staff—Shelley,Rose,Sharon, Joe, JayandMark. Ourgoal hasbeen to assembleastel- lar programforthe2011FallConference. Ifyou havenever been partofthe processit starts with aframework; sixsessions,three speakerspersession. Eachsession hasaparticulartheme.Then thereis the FTA’sabstract selectionprocess whichisrigorousand requirescare- ful considerationof everyabstract submitted.Dan andIcombed througheachabstractsubmitted andI haveto admit, it wasadifficult process.In theend,I amconfident wepickedthe verybest onesthat fit into the overallconferencethemeof ColorinFocus. While Iagreeit makessenseto havea“framework” it isalso somewhat constraining.So,while tryingtofitthe framework,therealgoalhasbeento findspeakersthat would entice you to geton aplane andflytoSt. Louis. ACTIVEAGENDA • Hearfrompeople whoare able toconnect thedots betweenwhat theCPCswant andwhatthe printers candeliver. • Talk about colormanagement at astrategiclevel. • Learnwhat’s new, what’sdrivingthe industry,howto implementit, andhowto planforthe future. • Networktime andagaintoidentifytoolsandpartners thatwill takeyou there. Mark Mazur FTA TODAY 38 FLEXO AUG UST 20 1 1 ww w.fl ex og raphy.org COMPLEXITIES & COMBINED PROCESSES • Flexo machine-capabilitiescanbeextendedwith multiple printingunitsanditcanbe doneincombi- nationwithmultiple convertingtechnologies. • The more complexalabel’s printingandconverting requirements, thelongera UV-flexo labelpressis goingtobe. • By makinguseofthecombinationofprintingand convertingonone pressline, thefinalproduct canbe made,inasinglepass, inanapplicable-ready form. • State-of-the-artprocessortechnologyanda friendly machine interfacetranslate to easeofoperationin commandandcontrol ofa complex pressline. Numerous Stations, Numerous Flexibilities! Intelligent Components Make for Long, Manageable, Effective Press Lines By Denny McGee In convertingcirclestoday,combination printingof UV labelsismovingfrom possibilityto expectation. Manyin thetradenowdescribeitas“a must.”Fourteen UV-flexo printingstationsaredeliveringdiverseapplicationsandat the same timesatisfyingbrandowners’ demandsforintricate labels. Such machinesare communicatingwithavarietyof colorsandexpandingthequalityandscopeof the output of traditionalnarrowwebflexo presses. Long,UV-flexolabelprintingpressesare farfrom experi- mental.Today,theyoptimizeUV-flexo qualitytocompete with offset andgravure. Theydo sobyembracingthe typical principleof label printing machines.In essence,theyapply brightcoloredartworkto asmall amountof substrate and then deliveritwoundon reels, readyforreel-fedapplicators Oneleading Russian converter is operating this 14-color UVflexo press. While the converting line is long, it isproving manageable and effective. Bold colors are being held in tight register across a variety ofapplications. Phot o: MPS LLC. TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES