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FLEXO Magazine : February 2013
“A discussion topic, may very well become our collective reality.” “Attendance has been getting stronger over the past few years.” FORECAST FOR FORUM In order to assemble this year’s agenda, we used the feedback forms from last year’s Forum sessions. With this input, we began to set some structure to the proceedings—beginning with the pre-conference Flexo Quality Consortium assembly. FQC represents the “T” in FTA, as it is the steady source of continued technical research into flexograph- ic problems, opportunities and processes. Members should become active in FQC and propose future abstracts to Jean Engelke of Eastman Kodak Company and Sam Ingram of Clemson University. This year, look forward to a comparison of a 4-color pressrun with ECG, a discussion of Delta E tolerances and presentations on mounting tapes, new plate technologies and the platemaking process as it relates to plate durability. SESSIONS & STRUCTURE ...EMERGING TRENDS— Malcolm Keif from Cali- fornia Polytechnic State University and John Cram- mer from Best Label Compa- ny, Inc. have put together a panel of present- ers speak- ing to those trends and technologies that are either “just here” or “right around the corner.” What is it that will change and improve our processes and what does the flexo industry need to do to prepare? This session has been a model in the past few years for its ability to educate, as well as entertain, and it should not be missed. EXCELLENCE IN FLEXOGRAPHY—“ Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner”—We want attendees to get a “peek behind the curtain” as it relates to the process of judging the FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards, particularly “ Best of Show. ” Every year, there is interest in either entering the awards competition or improving the individual presentations, so as to improve the participant’s chances of success. We hope to not only show why the winners won, but also to point out the criteria used by the judges to determine success. Judging vets Steve Mullins—the Awards Committee chair— from Exopack and Mark Coffman—Awards Committee member—from Dixie Graphics will take us through this presentation. WORKFLOW AUTOMATION— Randy Butler from MacDer- mid Printing Solutions and Rory Marsoun from Esko will ask the audience “Are you getting the most out of your automated workflow solu- tions?” Their panel of pre- senters and their agenda of both teach- ing the mem- bership about new workflow methods, as well as examples of practical applications, will educate the membership as to how their own workflow automation solutions can be maximized for greater results. EXPANDED GAMUT PRINTING—2012’s roundtable session in San Antonio generated more interest and follow up questions than any session in recent history. Expanded gamut printing continues to grow but what is the actual state of the process in 2013? Brad Taylor from DuPont Packaging Graphics and Mike McGinnis from RR Donnelley will bring together a veteran panel to speak to that issue. What is the market share for ECG? How has it evolved over the past few years? Has proofing for Expanded Gamut kept pace with the growth? A group of subject matter experts should shed a lot of light on the subject. FIRST-Are you FIRST Certified? What was once a noble notion is now a mainstay of the flexo industry as we seek to raise the level of our consistent quality and quan- tify and communicate the fact that our printing processes are in control. Rich Emmerling of the Flint Group and Mark Mazur from DuPont Packaging Graphics will lead a panel speaking to the FIRST Certification Program and obtain- ing the input regarding FIRST’s benefits from both a printer and a consumer product company. FOOD SAFETY—We need only read the trade and national news to realize that the subject and regulation of food safety is a growing concern and is destined to become an even bigger issue in the future. Why is this hap- pening? How prevalent will programs and processes deal- ing with food safety certification become? What specific processes and mindsets must change on the part of the converter in order to align with these new developments? Bruce Riddell from Spectrum Label Corporation and Dan Doherty from the Prairie State Group have brought together an experienced panel to explain how the pro- cess affects all involved—a CPC spokesman, experts on certifications—such as the Global Food Safety Initiative,