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FLEXO Magazine : February 2012
20 tuesday,March20 Do More with Four - Utilizing Process Print to Extend the Capabilities of the Flexographic Color Gamut Extended color gamut (six and seven color) reproduction has garnered much attention in the flexo industry in recent years. But what if these same objectives could be achieved through the use of four color process printing instead? The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the use of current technologies that have proven to extend the color gamut of flexo, and potentially eliminate the need for the additional colors used in various ECG applications, on a variety of substrates and print conditions. The presentation will include case studies that demonstrate the capabilities of four color process in flexo compared directly to ECG technologies. Paul Lancelle, Eastman Kodak Company Standards Update - The ISO Standard Activity That Will Impact The Flexo Industry Attend and learn about three of the most recent standards updates that will affect the way the flexo industry does business. The three standards are ISO12647-6: Graphic Technology - Process Control For The Manufacturing of Halftone Color Separation, Proofs and Production Print - Part 6: Flexographic Printing, ISO3664: Graphic Technology and Photography - Viewing Conditions, and ISO15339: Graphic Technology - Printing of Digital Data - Part 1 - Basic Principles (the standard that covers printing to digital aims (G7)). This presentation is not to be missed. These standards address issues such as agreement with FIRST aims, how to properly setup and characterize a flexo press and the requirements to obtain accurate, reproducible readings that will agree with visual evaluations of images and spot colors. As the flexo industry organization that contributes to and communicates relevant industry standards, FTA and the presenter, Steve Smiley, believe these three updates will affect your daily operations. The presentation will simplify the lengthy standards into content that can be easily understood and communicated back to your manufacturing operations enabling appropriate action. Steve Smiley, Vertis Communications 10:30am - 12:30pm Press Consumables for High Speed Printing Session Chairs: Gary Hilliard, Hood Packaging & Ann Michaud, 3M Are higher press speeds in your future? They should be! This session will explore ways you can increase production through the use of press consumables and solutions specifically tailored for high speed printing applications. Topics include inks, press bounce, plate packages and more. Don’t be left behind...attend, listen and learn. Your competitors will! Ink Developments for High Speed Printing As flexo presses break through the 2000 FPM speed barrier, the ink needs to be adapted to the new norm. Inks for high speed flexo presses face increasing challenges to minimize print defects and allow for maximum efficiency of the press. This presentation reviews the changes in flexo inks that are needed as press speeds increase. We’ll cover some common print defects and the ink parameters that must be changed to successfully print at high speed. The objective is to understand that high speed printing forces the need to change the paradigm in formulating approaches. Jim Felsberg, Sun Chemical Corporation