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FLEXO Magazine : April 2012
Call for abstraCts Deadline: September 21, 2012 Forum & INFO*FLEX 2013 april 28 - May 1 | Marriott Marquis & Marina San Diego Convention Center | san Diego, California Visit www.flexography.org for details. The standing room only crowd was wowed. Scott Vander- Heyden, Amherst Label, offered this comment, “Speakers complemented each other well. Excellent discussions with good questions” Allen Dummitt, Walle Corp. , saw the panel discussion as “ very beneficial as we consider moving forward with expanded gamut.” Tom Ross, Kustom Group, made a two- point assessment, “Excellent presenters, and honest answers. ” Similarly, Jim Palamides, American Label, exclaimed, “Great subject matter. Informative, easy to listen to.” Others in attendance made these statements, “Very practical and relevant. Good, game-changing information.” “ Good mix. Excellent dialogue.” FQC On Tuesday, Kodak’s Jean Engelke issued what she re- ferred to as “Forum’s 8:00 am call—SPC one day, FQC the next. ” She pointed to FQC’s role as one of building a better understanding of factors controlling the flexo process, and said, “Our focus is on technology, equipment, materi- als—concept to completion. We use real data to make standards approachable and understandable. It takes the dedication of an industry. Such work may change our perception of the critical elements of flexo. ” Panelist P.J . Fronczkiewicz, Flint Grop, stated, “Current plate technologies are pushing print quality to new heights with extreme highlights.” Ian Hole, Esko, noted, “Flexo needs to improve to stay ahead of offset and gravure. It needs to offer better consistency than offset and gravure. Our motto must be, ‘Match a color and achieve it.’ This is multi-color process printing. We’ve seen a great rise in quality of images put on plates. That is down to pixel level. Now it is time to bring pre- press and platemaking into the world of color. Two sciences coming together: that is the future of flexo. ” Paul Lancelle, Kodak, pointed to data driven decisions and color theory as essential. He reminded all present, “80 percent of flexo is four-color process today. ” Steve Smiley, Vertis Inc. , indicated that the present challenge in his life is to “Bring the flexo printing standard to something that we can all master and be able to use. In the standards world, packaging seems to be growing in significance and stature. ” (See page 8). SPEED & ITS IMPACT Given that modern day flexographic presses often run at 2,000 fpm, five noted flexographers spent two hours analyzing the impact of speed on inks, plates and mounting tapes. The discussion transpired in Forum 2012’s “Press Consumables for High Speed Printing” session, where the speakers ad- dressed the dynamics driving changes. Gary Hilliard, the session chair, said the mission is to identify and minimize print issues as they arise. Addressing inks, Jim Felsberg, Sun Chemical, reported, “Drying speeds need to decrease. Solvent stability needs to be validated. 24 FLEXO april 2012 www.flexography.org • We design & build every machine to order. • Our patented frequency sweep technology allows longer cleaning times if required, eliminating the need for more caustic solutions. • Our technology will clean all line counts and guaran- tees deep cleaning of every cell, safely & efficiently. • All machines are fully automated with factory preset cleaning parameters, making it simple for any opera- tor with the push of a single button. • Over 21 years of providing cleaning solutions & equip- ment to every print market around the world. • Our non-VOC non-HAP bio-degradable cleaning solu- tions are safe for the environment, product & operator. • Ultrasonic cleaning is the most effective, least labor intensive technology available for cleaning of your aniloxrolls, sleeves, plates & other machine compo- nents. • For more information give us a call at: CaresoniC Usa The best in Ultrasonic technology. The Granddaddy of them all. TheFlexoFactor • 704-962-5404 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.theflexofactor.com Innovative Solutions for Today’s Flexographer Authorized North America Distributor • A division of SJW ASSOCIATES LLC 2814 Yorkview Court, Charlotte, NC 28270