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FLEXO Magazine : May 2012
Paul Lancelle, Eastman Kodak Company, presented “Do More With Four – Utilizing Process Print to Extend the Capabili- ties of the Flexographic Color Gamut. ” With all the information being circulated about extended gamut printing (CMYK plus two-to-three additional colors), Lancelle presented data prov- ing that the flexo color gamut can be extended through tradi- tional CMYK and plate technology. By using currently available plate technology, it is possible to extend the gamut by 200 ad- ditional colors, achieve operational efficiencies using four color process, and see real financial savings by using fewer plates. Steve Smiley, Vertis Communication; Kelly VandenBosch, X-Rite; and Joe Fazzi, IDEAlliance, worked together to update the membership on standards changes that affect the busi- ness side of flexo. VandenBosch illustrated that X-Rite’s new XRGA calibration brings together legacy X-Rite and Gretag Macbeth equipment calibration. The new inter-model color agreement is optimized for advances in color science, so that customers will enjoy high quality data exchange be- tween instruments. Fazzi discussed how G7 has now become an ANSI Technical Report (ANSI TR015 – Methodology For Establishing Printing Aims Based on Shared Near-Neutral Gray-Scale Appearance). Smiley ended the session with an update on ISO 3664 Graphic Technology and Photography – Viewing Conditions. There are nine key points to the updated standard, which include the definition of spectural properties is D50 (not 500K); ambient conditions must minimize interference with color viewing; testing must be done with a spectro-radiometer (not spectrophotometer); and fluorescent lights must be replaced after every 2,500 hours of use. Smiley also communicated that ISO 12647-6 – Flexographic Printing, is currently being reviewed and approval is expected this summer. (See FLEXO, April 2012, page 8). The FQC Executive Committee would like to thank all of the project leaders, members and FTA staff that make all of this great work possible. It is our goal to keep the member- ship involved, up to date, and engaged in our industry. It is only possible through the volunteer efforts of all of us. The FQC looks forward to another year of contribution to the technology of flexo. As 2012 continues, the FQC will provide quarterly updates to membership through FLEXO Magazine on current projects and committees. This month features the article above from Gary Hilliard describing the new Standards Working Group. n About the Author: Jean Engelke, future project manager, East- man Kodak, is a co-chair of the Flexo Quality Consortium. In the past, Jean was the chair of Forum 2010. She has signifi- cant experience and education from many years in flexo- graphic printing, gravure printing, lithography, product and brand marketing, research and development, leadership, graphics process management, technical writing, communi- cation and process improvement. nyloflex® Automated Plate Processor • Fully automated processing line for flexo plates, including washer with digital layer separation, dryer and light finisher for excellent results with nyloflex® printing plates nyloflex® In-The-Round Technology • For the perfect In-The-Round processing: nyloflex® ITR Equipment – ideal in combination with nyloflex® ITR Thin & Classic Photopolymer Sleeves and rotec® H/C Adapters Also interested in packaging inks? Benefit from our broad product portfolio – worldwide. Benefit from automation and • Increase your productivity • Minimize process tolerances • Improve plate and print quality • Enhance workflow efficency and consistency rotec® nyloflex® nyloprint® nylosolv® Automation & Standardization Flint Group Flexographic Products T +1 704 504 2626 firstname.lastname@example.org Allnamesmarkedwith®areregisteredtrademarksandRelyonus.SMisaservicemarkofFlintGroup. Highest automation in flexo for standardized flexo form processing 120125_Automation_3.875x10.875_US.indd 1 26.01.2012 10:59:38