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FLEXO Magazine : February 2008
FTA TODAY 14 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2008 www.flexography.org Faster, Better, Cheaper Gilbert: As we went through the submissions, we kept finding abstracts that spanned multiple areas. A lot of the topics covered very valuable information, particularly in the area of productivity, and we felt it warranted its own session. Mazur: There were a lot of good presentations that didn't quite fit in some of the other sessions. What we noticed is that many were focused on productivity. So we took those and put them together in a new session and dubbed it "Faster, Better, Cheaper." FIRST/FQC Gilbert: One of our top objectives is to show FIRST 4.0 at the Forum. We want to highlight the differences between the Third Edition and version 4.0, such as user-friendliness and indexes, etc. Mazur: In addition, attendees will find much more academic material presented here. All the speakers will be offering techni- cal data and statistical analyses. Flexo 101 Gilbert: This session has been popular and we wanted to make sure we didn't go beyond the basics. We tried not to say, "This has been done to death." We realize there is a lot of reoccurring information that should be part of this session. The basic essen- tials have to be there, and we didn't want to stray from what has always been there. Mazur: This ses- sion is designed as a tutorial. It's for people who want to learn the basics. The thought is that you have to learn to dribble and pass before you do that behind-the-back 360 dunk. And so many in our indus- try have not learned the basics. This is intended to give people the basics. It focuses on all the components of flexo---plates, anilox, sitckyback, inks, and how all those things interact and work together. Prepress Gilbert: Prepress is always one of the most attended and popu- lar sessions, so we wanted to get good content and good speakers so that we could do it justice. The interesting part is that not all printers/converters need to sit through it because it's not part of their job or they outsource that portion of their business, but we worked hard to get the best that we could. Mazur: Our first objective was to make sure that we address the concerns the converters have in this are. Then we made sure that we were covering the latest technologies in terms of screen- ing, process controls, etc. Sustainability Gilbert: In 2006 and 2007, the issue was just gaining steam. For this year, we wanted presentations that answered that question, "What can I do at my local shop without being overwhelmed by this huge concept." Mazur: This is the first year that it is a true Sustainability Session. Last year's sessions in Montréal really made us all aware of the issues and the problems. This year, we want to know how to address these issues and solve these problems. So it's far more quantita- tive. The session is being driven by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, and will actually intro- duce people to the aspects of sustain- ability that are really important to con- verters, such as life- cycle analysis and how you address it "The content was designed by convert- ers for converters. We've made sure that every one of the sessions is chaired by a printer who has the same problems and interest as other printers." ---Mark Mazur, DuPont Packaging Graphics