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FLEXO Magazine : January 2012
different characteristics of flexo plate mounting tapes and photopolymer plates that contribute to resulting printed ink densities, and how their interaction affects the final print results in an ever improving and faster printing world. Jamie Eggleston, 3M Different Approaches to Reduce Press Bounce The goal of this work is to learn more about the main influences on press bounce on flexo presses and possible ways to minimize it. A detection device was utilized to quantify cylinder vibrations and to optimize the sleeve/tape/plate construction. The results from this designed experiment will help to optimize printing conditions in a production environment as well as for the development of new products. Bob Adler, Flint Group Printing Plates Achieving Acceptable White Opacity Values At High Press Speeds – What Are The Optimum Parameters? The objective of this study is to gain an understanding of the optimum plate durometer, cushion tapes, surface screening parameters and ink conditions using high speeds to optimize white opacity values. The many variations of plates, cushion tapes, inks, screening technology and ways to deal with press bounce makes it difficult to understand the optimal conditions to avoid white opacity concerns. Knowing these ideal conditions can assist printers in maximizing press speeds and achieving high print quality standards. However, understanding these conditions can be both time-consuming and costly. This presentation provides the results of carefully run experiments, ran at high speeds, using solvent based inks on a wide web press. Rich Emmerling, Flint Group Printing Plates 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. Presenting the Design Concept Jay Sperry, HAVI Global Solutions FIRST in Conceptual Design Conceptual design is empowered, not limited, by understanding the requirements that impact graphics within any given print technology. Frank will show how Gravity utilizes FIRST specifications to inform design in such a way as to manage not only brand equities, but perhaps more importantly, client expectations. Frank Grimaldi, Phototype (d.b .a Gravity) FIRST in Premedia Production Prepress will take the design and convert it into separations and plates that when printed will accurately represent what the designer and brand owner intended. We will use the FIRST specifications to identify and utilize plate specifications, color profiles and press curves to that end. Marshall Hogenson, OEC Graphics 12 sessions