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FLEXO Magazine : February 2012
The Anilox: Up-close and Personal Although no special glasses will be required, this session does take a microscopic point of view, as we look closer into the “heart” of flexography – the anilox. With engraved cells measured in a “billion cubic microns per square inch” (BCM) this inconceivably fragile workhorse requires very specific and precise care to function at an optimal level. The proper care and maintenance will not only be illustrated in this presentation, but so will the evidence of neglect from improperly treated or even completely forgotten anilox rollers. Bill Malm, Harper Corporation of America The Flexo Plate Package From “floor to shoulder” the basic components of a photopolymer flexo plate will be deconstructed, diagramed and discussed including the various plate types and their uses within the industry. With an ever-growing list of imaging and processing options this session will also highlight the most common equipment available to most printers. Finally, the full plate package comes together as plate mounting is illustrated from the cylinder and sticky back to a properly processed and measured plate. Colleen Larkin Twomey, California Polytechnic State University Flexo & Graphics Terminology and the Basics of Ink Here the discussion flows to ink including the types and qualities of those most often used in today’s flexo presses such as water-based, solvent and UV. Rory will then conclude the day’s session with a “graphics primer”. This recap of what makes flexo truly unique will include prepress elements and related printing terms including dot gain issues, compensation curves, gray balance, tonal range, ink film thickness, solid ink density, traps, vignettes and more. Rory Marsoun, Esko FQC Working Session Session Chairs: Paul Lodewyck, Flint Group & Jean Engelke, Eastman Kodak Company This session is designed to update everyone on the workings of the FQC and how this approach can be applied back on the job in regard to: • What is the FQC • Howdowedoourwork What is the FQC? A quick review of what is the FQC, what it does, who does it and how can you keep informed as well as participate. HowDoWeDoOurWork&HowCanitHelpYou We have found in our project work that an orientation to continuous improvement methods, project management, and experimental design has helped in our project execution. These are intended to be a high level view, identifying the importance, value, and resources for successful project execution. 10 saturday,March17 Concurrent Session #2