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FLEXO Magazine : December 2011
December 2011 VOLUME 36, NO. 12 In This Issue In This Issue The end of the year brings FLEXO’s 17th Annual Sourcebook. Use this comprehensive directory of flexographic printing, packaging and converting products and services for all membership and contact needs. This definitive guide offers details on more than 1,400 companies from around the globe and their areas of expertise--across all business/ market segments. Sanctioned by the FTA, the sources in the following pages are among the best in their respective fields. PUbLISHer’S INK 28 Self Portrait See the entirety of the FTA and come to understand how its belief that, “Members make the difference,” rings true. TecHNOLOGIeS & TecHNIQUeS 30 High Definition Flexo Don’t manage anilox variables, remove them. Open slalom ink-channel technology offers an assist. FTA TODAY FLEXO’s 2012 FTA Annual Forum & INFO*FLEX Exhibition Pre Show Planner 38 INFO*Flex The event that has long enjoyed powerful impact celebrates a three-decade history. 42 Grand Scale event Hard-hitting, fact-filled sessions constitute FFTA’s 53rd Annual Forum. 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 11716-1074. 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 11716-1074, 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. Acceptance 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. 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 email@example.com AssOciATE EdiTOr steve deering, ext. 31 firstname.lastname@example.org dirEcTOr OF businEss dEvELOPMEnT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 email@example.com EducATiOn dirEcTOr Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 firstname.lastname@example.org grAPHic/WEb dEsignEr Katie dubois email@example.com TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES High Definition Flexo Advances in Plate & Anilox Technologies Boost Quality, Trim Costs By Jack Fountain Most packagingprinters recallatime, not too long ago,when achievinga100line-per-inch process screen wassomethingtocrowabout. Sure,upclose the dotslookedlikecompresseddoughnuts,but it sure beat 85lpi.Sincethen, advancesin plates,software, andink-to- plate transferhave empoweredthe 15percent of printers, with top-shelf aspirationstowardoffset/gravure quality,to embracetheideaof a“high definition flexo” revolution. Each year, it seems,some newincremental technicalinno- vation bringscloserthepossibilityof superfine,crisp, consis- tent andrepeatable dots. HEAD-TO-HEAD TRIAL RESULTS • Five-stationGTTrun resultscompareandcontrast withdatacollectedfromconventional 60°hexcell aniloxroll printrun • Savings inink totaled27.5percent overconventional hexcell • Solventvolumedecreased9 percent • Savings onmountingtapewere30percent • GTTinstallationrequiredno stoppageto clean platesorGTTrollers, while thehexcellaniloxinstal- lationhadto becleanedmultiple times 30 FLEXO DECEMBER 2011 www.flexography.org 50 40 30 20 10 0 47.2 CONV. 41.80 GTT GTTCONV.CONV.GTT 40.50 CO NV. 36.00 GTT 10.80 CONV. 45.7 CO NV. 171.60 CONV. 164.00 GTT 39.18 CONV. 33.00 GTT 80.70 CONV. 204.5 CO NV. 186.50 GTT MAGENTA YELLOW CY AN BLACK KILOGRAMS WHITE SOLVENT LIN E BLUE GOLD 39.50 GTT UKWideWebTrial InkConsumption:GTTvs.ConventionalAnilox (Ink measurementsinkilograms: “neat” inkprior tosolventaddition) FTA TODAY Powerful Impact & Three Decade History Haveyouheardwhat peopleare sayingabout INFO*FLEXlately?Torecap:Exhibitorsarethrilled. Activityisheavy.Attendeesareinterested.Salesare being made. AskJayKaible, directorofbusinessdevelopment forthe show’ssponsor, FlexographicTechnical Association, andhe isquicktopointout thattheaccoladesrolling infollowing recenteventsareboth impressiveand inspiring. “INFO*FLEXisbeing,and hasbeenheraldedas,‘Phe- nomenal!’‘Fantastic!’‘Best event inyears!’Attendeesrecently reported,‘Printerswereeverywhere.’Oneevenoffered this comment, ‘Heavyfoot-traffic,extensivedialogue,crowded exhibit aisles,a sold-outtradefloor;byallindications,a stun- ningsuccess.’” Kaibleisnowplanning the 30thanniversaryeditionof thetradeevent.HeknowsthatINFO*FLEX2012, set for March19-20atSan Antonio’sHenryB. GonzalezConvention Center, willbuildonpast successes.Infact, withnearly90 At-A-Glance • Oneday, table-top exhibit launched in1982 • 200 exhibitors, 1,600 attendeesnetworkcontinuously • 19hostcitiestodate • Repeat/encoreperformancesin 7cities—Toronto, New Orleans, LasVegas, Orlando, Nashville, Dallas, San Antonio • Narrowweb, wideweb, mid web,envelope,corru- gated printers represented onthesamefloor • In-lineandoff-lineconverting applicationsplentiful • 30th AnniversaryExhibition islaunching padforlat- esttechnologies • Projectionfor2012Show—largestandgreatest ever—anexpected sell-out Tabletopexhibitsoftheearly1980s,liketheoneatleftin1984,evolvedintothemodern-dayINFO*FLEX,seenatright. 38 FLEXO DECEMBER 2011 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY Bringing It All Home! Forum & INFO*FLEX: A Grand Scale Event Brand equity, real-world print comparisons,high-speed printing, expandingcolorgamut,emergingtechnologies, operational excellence newtechnologies, FIRSTproduction— sevenhard-hitting,fact-filled sessions—willconstituteFTA’s 2012Annual Forum. The event, set forMarch18-21attheGrandHyattand Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, inSan Antonio,TX, is chaired byRandy Butler, Printpack,Inc.,and BobMullen, Sun Chem- ical Corp.Here, in questionand answer format,theyexplaintheselection of the Forumtheme, the meldingof the different ingredients ontheprogram, the impacton theindustry,and theirpersonal hopes andaspirationsforthis grandscale event. TheysayForum2012is designedtoaddress theindustry’s burningquestions andoffereveryoneinattendanceablue- printonbecomingabetter, more responsiveandeffectively positionedorganization. FLEXO:Forum 2012’stheme is “FlexoBrandofChoice.” Canyou comment onhowthe theme wasdeveloped,de- cidedonand what it meansto you onapersonal level? BUTLER:The2012theme, “BrandofChoice,”was selectedbecausewewantedto emphasize the importanceof brandequity. The Forum Committee recognizedthat when youmarketanddevelopyour product, yourbrandequityiswhat carriesyouthrough thegoodandbadtimes. Ourbrand—FTA— isgrowing,here intheUnited Statesandglobally.Forum2012plannerssimplywant membersof the industrytorecognize the choicesthey haveinbuyingtheirpackaging.Ourmessage: “Flexo ishereandit’sthe realdeal.” FLEXO:We understandthat directprint comparisonsbe- tweenflexo, offset,gravure anddigital (FOG’D)printingare BobMullen Randy Butler FORUM 2012 SNAPSHOT • Brandequity tobeemphasized • Experienced,dynamicspeakers+ cohesive,exciting program • High-speedprint essential in competitive market- place • Snapshot ofmarket showsflexo qualityhasgrown exponentially • Consistent, measurable resultsachieved • Meet newpeople. See oldfriends.Staycurrent with the market. 42 FLEXO D EC EM B ER 201 1 ww w.flex ograp hy.org