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FLEXO Magazine : April 2012
‘Resolubility ’ needs to be optimized. Strength needs to be increased... make the necessary adjustments and you will avoid disaster.” Jaime Eggleston, 3M, admitted that increasing press speeds can cause a drop off in ink density, but said increas- ing mounting tape foam density and de- creasing plate durometer can counter it. Bob Adler, Flint Group, advocated the application of common sense. “ Higher speeds yield higher vibrations. Use minimum impression to reduce vibra- tion. Control Total Indicated Runout (TIR), Rely on sleeve constructions with inner or outer compressible layers to reduce bounce.” Finally, Rich Emmerling, Flint Group, maintained, “Flat top dot technology allows for a greater level of detail at the print surface.” He made three specific points relating to opacity. Screening re- duces pinholing and increases opacity. Surface screening can help to achieve higher opacity levels because it allows for the use of lower volume anilox rolls and can potentially eliminate the need for a double bump. Upping the modulus of cushion tape also increases opacity. FIRST & FOREMOST Real-world applications, creative brand strategists and practical ex- amples—that’s what Eric Ferguson, MacDermid Printing Solutions, prom- ised panelists would bring to the table in Forum’s final session. And they did. Frank Grimaldi, Phototype, remarked, “Serve to a single outcome. Produce high graphics flexo on budget and on target. Successful packaging is about communications up and down the supply chain. Great design is a given. Production, brand equity maintenance and cost containment are not. FIRST delivers on the promise to provide holistic solutions and eliminate rework. The true power of FIRST is to help us avoid pitfalls. All information exchanged helps shape the final solution. Discover. Design. Deliver.” Marshall Hogenson, OEC Graph- ics, invited the assembly to, “Share our standards. Keep and embrace specifications and tolerances in FIRST, but at the same time be flexible. Match the brand owner’s vision. Dates, gates, expectations—that is what it is all about. 26 FLEXO april 2012 www.flexography.org 1-888 -478-0998 No Plate Lifting No Plate Mounting Perfect Registration Every time. Discover Your New Media Source for Seamless Imaging Photopolymer Sleeves Laser Engravable Elastomers at this year’s Forum and iNFO*FlEX, lou ann Mueller, Coating Excellence international llC, won an ipad 2 and Jerry Thomas, Georgia-pacific, won a suitcase stuffed with $1,000 cash.