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FLEXO Magazine : May 2012
publisher’s ink 12 FleXO may 2012 www.flexography.org OEC Graphics is the exclusive provider of the Polymount Plate Cleaner, engineered specifically for cleaning flexo plates. Whether it is solvent, water or UV, the exclusive Polywash detergent and precision delicate brushes restores plates to a like new condition every time. No more scrubbing off those fine highlight dots. The Plate Cleaner treats them with care. Unlike other cleaning machines, plates emerge dry and ready to store. The multidirectional design offers great efficiency and ease of use. The Plate Cleaner extends the life of your investment while streamlining your pressroom operations. LISTEN. CREATE. DELIVER. • One-Person, Touch Button Operation – Self Contained • Emerges Clean, Dry and Ready to Store • Safe for the Finest HD Highlight Dots TAKE YOUR PLATES TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL Let OEC Graphics... Let OEC Graphics... HD-ITR Flat Top Dot Seamless Sleeves High Definition Flexo Technical Partnerships Wisconsin . Chicago . California . Atlanta SEE THE PLATE CLEANER IN ACTION... call Dave Garnache at 630.901.1738 or Jan Willem Boers 770.683.2629 oecgraphics.com Partially washed using the OEC Plate Cleaner. FTA TODay BOARD OF DIRECTORS FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Jason Barrier, Printpack, Inc. Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton John Crammer, Best Label Co., Inc. Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group Jack Fulton, Printron Peter Hartman Michael Impastato, Flint Group Eric Jones, The Label Co. Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. Greg Platt, Southern Graphic Systems Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. Hank Welter, Exopack BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOUNDATION OF FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Jason Barrier, Printpack, Inc. Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton John Crammer, Best Label Co., Inc. Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group Jack Fulton, Printron Peter Hartman Michael Impastato, Flint Group Eric Jones, The Label Co. Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. Greg Platt, Southern Graphic Systems Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. Hank Welter, Exopack PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino EDITORIAL ADvISORy COmmITTEE Richard Cervarich, DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys, Staples Print Solutions John Meyer, Color Resolutions International Dave Nunez, International Paper John Paine, C -P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd. Holding Color Print better. Run faster. Achieve continuous control, perfect color and uniform coverage. Wow—talk about printing/converting’s ultimate wish list! The question of the hour: Is it attainable? Affirmative. Actionable standards, tests, trials, process parameters and designed experimentation validate that answer. All are reported on in FLEXO’s annual Ink & Substrate Selection Guide. On the following pages, graphics meets economics. Authors and experts admit that raw material costs remain a concern in the consumables area, as does critical compatibility between ink and substrate. They comment on everything from bond- ing and barriers, to tension dynamics and conditioning times, to color profiles and spectral data readings. And they even talk of designing standardized campaigns to control print variables and deliver special effects that symbolize luxury and el- egance, capitalize on luster and brilliance and resonate eye-catching appeal. Translation: customer service and client satisfaction is, and always will be king! By measuring to a standard, understanding the variables involved, documenting actions, performing characterizations, collecting colormetric data and sharing it, a printer/converter will establish a reputation for being dynamic and flexible while turning out products that speak to first-time/every-time color integrity. PASSION FOR PRINTABILITY These true champions of color and consistency are adept at modifying substrate surface to promote adhesion of flexo inks. They analyze color shifts and move out to eliminate factors contributing to their cause. Drawdown and banding tests are a part of their daily lives. Intricate ink/film interfaces lead them to apply the latest color management techniques and pursue sustained quality improvement. Collec- tively, they exhibit a true passion for printability. Opacity and viscosity frequently top their lists of crucial concerns. Still, they insist upon being well versed on the impact of pigments, additives, binders, brighten- ers, primers, fluorescence, formulation, metering and even reverse printing. What they don’t want to hear about and are constantly endeavoring to avoid are misting, clumping, feathering, ghosting and similar transgressions. Truth be told, no flexog- rapher relishes dealing with these avoidable issues. They prefer to turn their attention to living in the present, embracing technol- ogy, managing change and enhancing competitive positioning. Like me, they are intrigued by the relatively new term being bantered about at FTA’s 2012 Annual Forum: “Fit for use. ” T his month, we’re applying it to inks and substrates throughout the next 50-plus pages. As we look at the components, compounds and engineered interactions, the topics examined include: ink and high-speed printing and essential steps to packaging’s success. As you’ll see, it’s all about speed and strength, communication and expecta- tions. What better way to assess inks, substrates and their fitness for use in flexo applications?