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FLEXO Magazine : April 2012
www.flexography.org Tag&Label Materials FoldingCarton/FlexiblePackagingPressComponents/AccessoriesFlexoPrintingGraphicDesign/PrepressProcessControl 3 31 A Gold Mine of Solutions April 29–30, 2013 San Diego, CA Did you hear the buzz on the INFO*FLEX 2012 show floor? Packaging printers and converters are going to San Diego in 2013. Period. Make a statement. Meet the right people. A 10’ x 10’ turnkey booth package is just $2,800 until May 15. Contact Jay Kaible at 631-737-6020. Now70%sold “Forum and INFO*FLEX is the event where you always learn something,” explained Sharon Mabry, Flexo Transpar- ent, Inc. “ T he best aspect about it is the people and contacts you either reconnect with or meet for the first time. But, most importantly, this year we have an absolute desire for finding out how to implement FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduc- tion Specifications & Tolerances) guidelines. Our main goal is to find out as much as possible about FIRST and how to get it working for us. ” “I’ve been to at least 10 Forum and INFO*FLEX events in the past, and they get better every year,” said Jim Scherman, C-P Flexible Packaging. “ The new high definition platemaking and digital technologies products and discussions are what I am most fascinated by.” “Forum and INFO*FLEX are the best networking events,” noted Dave Straten, Advance Packaging Corp. “ T his is a great opportunity to meet with colleagues to discuss and re- flect on what is going well in the industry and what obstacles we may run into and, most importantly, how to avoid them. Also, I am always on the lookout for what is going on in other segments and how we can dovetail those advances into the corrugated segment.” “T his is my seventh year attending Forum and INFO*FLEX,” observed Jon Parkes, American Packaging Corp. “ T here are always a lot of interesting speakers but the session I look for- ward to most is the expanded gamut, which has always been great in the past. ” “I’m excited about the high speed printing session,” exclaimed Mark Iwanski, Graphic Flexible Package. “F TA’s Forum is the best way to keep up with the technologies that continue to move forward and make flexo more competitive.” “T he FQC session caught my attention,” stated Terry Clark, Paper Converting Machine Company. “Obviously, Forum & INFO*FLEX is a great way to see what everyone is doing and what has been created. It keeps getting better every year. ” PROGRAM, PANELS, PUNDITS Seven sessions—eight including pre-conference Flexo Quality Consortium Day—three-to-four days, more than 45 presentations, covered the packaging printing and converting trade in its entirety; from competitive positioning to emerging trends, operational excellence, high speed runs, expanded gamut printing, standards, FQC and FIRST. Perspectives crossed multiple tiers—local, regional, national and global. The first objective for Forum 2012: choreograph a pre-con- ference briefing on the flexographic essentials and innovative trials now being staged and reported on. FTA’s research work is continuing the process’ improvement. With more than a dozen speakers, 15 presentations, and four hours focusing on the fundamentals of flexo, industry basics and experimental designs, the mission was accomplished. Discussion touched on presses, inks, substrates, plates, anilox rolls and even graphics. And when the research exper- iments took center stage, the focus turned to the incorporation of an expanded color gamut while implementing standard- 12 FLEXO april 2012 www.flexography.org Before After • save up to 70% over new • same OEM performance Call 888- 464-6267 www.nimcor.com OEM-grade carbon fiber bridge mandrel adapters #1 Refurbish your carbon fiber bridge mandrel adapters #2 Call NimCor now and starting saving time and money ! # 3 ways 3to save adapters. on mandrel BIG 4 Shorter Lead Times 4 Significantly Better Pricing 4 Same OEM Performance Refurbishing carbon fiber print cylinders, too !