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FLEXO Magazine : January 2012
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Different durometers and high accuracy will bring you top-quality printing. The Polymount sleeve does not only bring you more efficiency in the mounting room, it also brings you very consistent printing quality. The high quality Polyurethane foam does not wear out. Hundreds of flexo printers worldwide have adopted the self-adhesive sleeve in their daily production. The Polymount self-adhesive sleeve also offers award winning print quality. Last year’s “FTA Best of show award” was printed on Twinlock sleeves. Not only is Twinlock good for your bottom line, it is also a very sustainable solution and takes very good care of the environment at the same time. 110-110011[advertentie]def.indd 1 18-12-2011 13:17:23 6 FleXO january 2012 www.flexography.org FTA TODay BOARD OF DIRECTORS FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton Greg Collins, C -P Flexible Packaging Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group Peter Hartman, Harper Corporation of America Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. Greg Platt, Southern Graphic Systems Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. Hank Welter, Exopack BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOUNDATION OF FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton Greg Collins, C -P Flexible Packaging Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group Peter Hartman, Harper Corporation of America Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. Greg Platt, Southern Graphic Systems Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. Hank Welter, Exopack PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino EDITORIAL ADvISORy COmmITTEE Richard Cervarich, DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys, Staples Print Solutions John Meyer, Color Resolutions International Dave Nunez, International Paper John Paine, C -P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd. Invest & Invigorate New devices and game-changing developments--we classify them as “tech- nologies to watch.” This month, we’ve collected a vast assembly and are presenting it in multiple installments that showcase cutting-edge technologi- cal advancements that are bringing efficiencies to the pressroom. Beginning on page 23 and stretching through the next 30 pages, we look into the products, practices and process controls that are driving continuous improvement within the printing, packaging and converting community. From automated setup to waste reduction strategies and from proofing, proto- typing and troubleshooting to direct laser engraving and print inspection, it’s all covered. Flexography ’s critical components, from anilox rolls to ink filters, plate mounting tapes/blankets and fine, flat-top and traditional dots; right through to sleeve systems, photopolymer processors and spectral data based instruments, the state-of-the-industry and its likely future directions easily comes into view. Our portrait, put together with the help of manufacturers, marketing and product development teams and early adopters/beta testers, is by no means complete. We recognize that change is ever present as inventors and innovators move at break- neck speed to advance flexography ’s competitive posture and accelerate produc- tion speeds while avoiding any and all infringements on quality. The stories in our partial portrait list each technology by name and even cite its introductory date or product expansion time window. Benefits are synopsized. Likely impacts associated with the technology ’s use are forecast. Initial experiences in ac- tual pressrooms are reported on. And with the 2012 show circuit ready to kick off in March at INFO*FLEX, we’ve even specified the trade exhibits where you can learn more about the products and services showcased in our January issue. Response to our call for submissions covered a vast array of subjects. Some, usually visible and vocal suppliers opted out of participation, preferring to hold off on any major announcements, or hint of them, until the start of the landmark 60th anniversary drupa set for May in Dusseldorf, Germany. COMMON CAMPAIGNS Common themes are plentiful throughout the collection, namely: a universal com- mitment to increasing productivity, the push toward consistency, the continuation of what has been dubbed “the digital workflow revolution;” and the mastery, manipu- lation and control of the printed image. Optimization, characterization, fingerprinting and profiling are the talk of the marketplace. Each is having a noticeable and measurable impact on tonal range, highlight details, shadows, gradations, blends and overall performance results. Flexographers are focused on printing to the numbers and are adopting essential tools that assist in the transition from art form to scientific process. FTA’s printer members are insistent that the first piece off press is a perfect match to the last print off press and all pieces in the run. As cliché as it might sound, capital investments are being made to invigorate and expand the business. Efficiencies are being pursued. Press crews are working smart and sensibly. They are measuring the results and being held accountable for them. Skills-building programs, side-by-side with the embracement of technical tools, are reinforcing the directions of our industry, strengthening its performance and securing its future. That is a nice position to be in as a new year begins.