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FLEXO Magazine : March 2008
MARCH 2008 "Green" Films FIRST Steps Recycle or Sustain? INKS, SUBSTRATES AND THE ENVIRONMENT FTA HEADQUARTERS & FLEXO EDITORIAL, ADVERTISING, SUBSCRIBER SERVICES 900 Marconi Avenue Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PUBLISHER Robert Moran, ext. 17 email@example.com MANAGING EDITOR Christian R. Bonawandt, ext. 31 firstname.lastname@example.org DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 email@example.com DIGITAL DESIGN & PRODUCTION Red Flag Media www.redflagmedia.com FLEXO® Magazine (ISSN-1051-7324) is published monthly by the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association. Address all correspondence to FLEXO® Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212. Telephone: 631-737-6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright ©2008. All rights reserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 U.S./$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 U.S./$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 U.S./$170 foreign. Single copies: $7 U.S./$10 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXO® Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXO® Magazine is the official journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance flexographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXO® Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA. MARCH 2008 VOLUME 33, NO. 3 In This Issue It's not easy being green, and that's why FLEXO has dedicated this month's pages to assisting flexographers in their sustainability and environmentally friendly goals. Inks and flexible packaging take the forefront. Turn to page 26 to discover the true role inks play in the race to meet green needs. Two stories---starting on pages 36 and 40---offer perspectives on bio-based films for flexible packaging applications. Also included is a practical and useable guide for helping printers/ converters calculate their carbon footprint. 40 FTA TODAY 6 Pub Ink 8 Association News CHARTERS & STARTERS 60 Colorful Past, Bright Future Executives at Flint Group, a charter member of FTA, recall the early days of the company and the Association, as well as look ahead to what may come. 62 The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership Doreen M. Monteleone, Ph.D. FTA has embarked on a joint venture with other printing associations to de- ne sustainability and offer resources to help printers/converters reach their environmental goals. INDUSTRY INDICATORS 12 Pressing Issues 16 Finding Flexo At Drupa A collection of exographic printing industry suppliers have gathered to- gether to promote the process at drupa 2008. Ray Bodwell of DuPont, which leads the consortium, speaks on the endeavor. TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES BEGINNER FLEXOGRAPHER 20 Folding Carton Surface Performance This article attempts to shed light on the subject of folding carton coat- ings, and to provide some useful information. 24 Establish Your Starting Points FIRST Joe Tuccitto To get the most from FTA's FIRST guidelines, it is imperative that you gure out and establish known start- ing points. 26 How Inks Fit Into Your Sustainability Program Michael Impastato Everything you need to know about ink and coating chemistries for inclusion in a complete sustainability program. 30 Wax On Waxes provide unique char- acteristics and properties to inks and coatings. The article provides infor- mation on various wax types and the mechanisms they impart. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 34 Flexible Packaging, Ecological Packaging Malcolm Cohn As demand drives CPCs toward bio- based lms, innovations are making them more economical. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 38 The Truth About Biopolymers Richard Eichfeld There is much debate about the actual sustainability of PLA and other biopo- lymers. Here, the known facts are laid out, and the clear myths debunked. PLANTS & PROCESSES FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 40 Narrow & Mid-Web Films Jerry Henson The author highlights the many trends and technologies affecting today's nar- row- and mid-web exible packaging market, and offers advice for printers looking to break in. 44 Never Make a Bad Hire Again Doug Smart Employers need to make sure that they are getting the best person for the position. 46 Recyclability vs. Sustainability Ken Patrick Trace the two concepts back to their early roots, and discover just how much they do (and do not) relate to each other. The answer may surprise you! 48 OSHA's Revised Program for Amputations Robert Fricke and Rick Hartwig Although exo is an inherently safe manufacturing process, the sheer size of the print industry has led to grow- ing scrutiny by OSHA. P'S & Q'S 54 Wide Web Leadership Council Christian R. Bonawandt Chairman Tom Thackeray talks about the council's role in FTA's Strategic Planning Initiative and offers informa- tion for those printers/converters who may be interested in getting involved. 56 Practical Carbon Footprinting Gary Miller and Riyaz Shipchandler A step-by-step guide for calculating one's carbon footprint, with resources to assist in the process.