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FLEXO Magazine : November 2011
Monday, March 19 8:00am - 10:00am Operational Excellence Session Chairs: Andy Gillis, PCMC & Louann Mueller, Coating Excellence International Today’s business climate is ultra competitive and printing is no different. What separates the survivors from the companies that are thriving? Simply put, it’s having a focused, unwavering effort on continuous improvement with regards to your operations. It’s about running your business by the numbers and finding ways to eliminate waste. Whether you are a printer, manager or an executive, this session will help you gain valuable tools to apply in your daily work such as: effective ways to eliminate print bounce; short-run profitability; operational statistics that help you manage your business effectively; and a lean manufacturing success story. Operational Excellence will help turn your business into one that thrives. 10:30am - 12:30pm Expanded Gamut Session Chairs: Al Bowers, RR Donnelley & Ellen Farrell, DuPont Packaging Graphics Expanded Gamut printing has a significant and obvious presence in the aisles of a supermarket. The images that grace the packages using expanded gamut are often much brighter, more complex and generally create more shelf-impact than those that do not use the process. In addition, it is said that expanded gamut can be more efficient, can save on makeready and materials costs, reduce waste and increase production. This doesn’t mean that it comes without its challenges, after all, nothing worth having comes easy. Attend and learn how to apply expanded gamut and come away with real insight from Consumer Product Company’s (CPCs) who will share their perspectives on how they’ve created more eye-catching designs using expanded gamut. Tuesday, March 20 8:00am - 10:00am FQC (Flexo Quality Consortium) Session Chairs: Paul Lodewyck, Flint Group & Jean Engelke, Eastman Kodak Company The Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC), acting as a select standing committee of the Foundation of FTA (FFTA), aims to provide the membership with a better understanding of the factors controlling the quality of the flexographic printing process. FQC projects investigate selected process variables in order to further develop reproducible process concepts that will allow for measureable advancements in flexographic printing technology. In this session, individual project teams will present their findings and answer questions. Selected reports from other sources that meet the FQC requirements for adding understanding based on quantified research will also be included. Topics will include Extended Gamut, plate technology developments, and standards update. 10:30am - 12:30pm Press Consumables for High Speed Printing Session Chairs: Gary Hilliard, Hood Packaging & Ann Michaud, 3M Are higher press speeds in your future? They should be! This session will explore ways you can increase production through the use of press consumables and solutions specifically tailored for high speed printing applications. Topics include inks, press bounce, plate packages and more. Don’t be left behind...attend, listen and learn. Your competitors will! Wednesday, March 21 8:30am - 10:30am FIRST and Foremost: Using FIRST in Production Planning Session Chairs: Eric Ferguson, MacDermid Printing Solutions & Karen Daniels, Coca-Cola North America We all know about using FIRST as a process control tool to help establish predictable print quality. But when it comes to production planning, FIRST can help you get a jump-start where it time really is money—in the press room. As in all things, the devil’s in the details. To illustrate how FIRST can be used as a production guide, we’ll present a “live job” in the pre-production stage. Industry experts will demonstrate FIRST methods for analyzing the design, planning for prepress, and executing the printing. Don’t be surprised if we toss a curve-ball (or two) at you for discussion...this is the real world, after all! It all comes down to this: The skills of your own production planning team can make- or-break deadlines, print quality and ultimately the success of each print job (aka “our profit!”) This session will get you thinking about your production planning, and ways you can improve your printing process and increase profitability—on each and every print job. Before you hit the production floor, let FIRST be your guide to successful print production. 11:00am - 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 widely 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. 6 sessions Thank you to our valued sponsors: theDiffe rence! Experience DEGRAF USA Forum2012_broch_November11.indd 6 11/8/11 3:58 PM