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FLEXO Magazine : January 2012
Sunday, March 18 (con’t.) Evolution of Metallic & Special Effect Pigments In the highly competitive packaging industry, brands require products that are packaged in ways that are tempting to the eye of the consumer. Achieving distinctive shelf appeal while maintaining cost savings can be difficult, especially when dealing with metallic decorations. Innovation in metallic pigment technology has opened doors to applications previously off limits. Scott Schultz will review the evolution of special effect pigments and look at the technical advances that allow them to achieve a high-end look that the brand owners desire. Scott Schultz, Eckart America Corporation Consumer Engagement: Electronic-Enabled Packaging Trends If you were a brand-owner and knew that the majority of your potential customer-base, no matter what age or gender, owned a smart phone, what could the possibilities pose for you to increase market share and create a differentiated product? Welcome to the “here and now”. The use of QR codes, Snap Tags, Track and Trace, and Augmented Reality have enabled CPC’s to connect with consumers not only in-store, but beyond the purchase. This presentation will highlight technology trends in electronic-enabled packaging with case studies illustrating the technology in-use. What does the brand-owner and the converter need to know about electronic-enabled packaging? Colleen Larkin-Twomey, California Polytechnic State University Reaching New Efficiencies with On Press Technologies Wide web packaging customers expect excellent printing. Wide web printers expect presses to provide that excellent printing with little material waste and little press downtime. What emerging trends can help improve pressroom efficiencies? In this presentation we’ll unveil the latest developments to improve print quality and improve make-ready time while minimizing make-ready waste. Ever wonder how to register your cylinders before putting ink on film? How about technologies for automating your impression settings? Better yet, how can you make ink color adjustments in a closed loop environment? Attend this session to learn more about Reaching New Efficiencies with On Press Technologies. Mario Mucciacciaro, Uteco North America Inc. Print Inspection: The New Frontier for Press Productivity Imagine for a moment everything you know about inspecting the printed web. Now imagine that everything you know is no longer accurate. Technology and systems have changed so dramatically in the last 2-3 years that the only rule is that all the rules have changed. Welcome to inspection of the printed web in 2012. The changes occurring in print inspection technology and systems in the past few years have been more dramatic and more meaningful than anything over the past 20 years. New technologies and systems are being installed the world over, at a faster pace than any other change. Join us as we share how inspection systems are true game changers: what is different about them; how they will impact day-to-day operations; and how this technology helps converters achieve competitive advantages. John Thome, BST Pro Mark 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 8 sessions