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FLEXO Magazine : March 2013
Official Forum Conference Program Sunday, April 28 FQC (Flexo Quality Consortium) Meeting/Project Updates The FQC is very proud to be hosting a free opening session to all conference attendees. Make sure you are able to attend this working session and get involved with the projects that are currently active. The session will start with working project meetings. This will give our project teams the opportunity to meet face-to-face and update status and review current needs. It will also give the membership the opportunity to volunteer or just sit in on the planning and execution of an FQC initiative. Come and find out how the projects work and how you can become involved. At 10:00, the focus will shift to a presentation on DE tolerances that will contain actual data collected and analyzed to address a CPCs concern regarding the strength of their brand identity through color consistency and cross platform packaging. Life is Full of Options...Complying with Food Safety is Not One of Them! Food safety has become a significant concern in America, Europe, Japan and China; where regulators are focusing on the conditions that influence microbiological growth by encouraging it or inhibiting it. Their actions have propagated development and expansion of the fields of Food Science and Food Process Engineering, as well as considerable emerging technology associated with them. Many of us will likely be required to become certified sometime in the next few years, whether we are putting a label on a can of raisins, or manufacturing a printed bag of Cheetos®. This certification involves changing habits that may promote contamination of product that will ultimately be in proximity to, or in contact with, food products. Our speakers are experts in this field and are extremely familiar with what printers/converters must do to become compliant with food safety regulations. Session Chairs: Bruce Riddell, Spectrum Label Corporation and Daniel P. Doherty, Prairie State Group Emerging Trends It is great to live Right Here, Right Now. But without a solid understanding of key trends, your roadmap for the future may be heading down the wrong path. Emerging Trends will help you identify where you need to be investing today to get to where you want to be tomorrow. We will explore key technologies and best practices to help you develop your strategy for the future: Right Here. Right Now. Right Future. Attend this session to help you improve profitability today...and tomorrow. Session Chairs: Malcolm Keif, California Polytechnic State University and John Crammer, Best Label Company, Inc. Monday, April 29 Excellence in Flexography: Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner! Was this your first year entering the Excellence in Flexography Awards Competition? Are you wondering if you can compete? Have you entered in the past with limited success? For the first time at a Forum, this session will reveal exactly how the competition works, what the judges focus on, and how the distinct difference between ‘Degree of Difficulty’ and ‘Level of Execution’ makes it very fair by leveling the playing field so everyone can compete. As an added bonus, we’ll be offering important hints on: how to improve your odds; how to make it easier to gather samples and get them entered; how to identify likely candidates; why following the rules is so important; and how to get involved in the judging process. Session Chairs: Steve Mullins, Exopack and Mark Coffman, Dixie Graphics Expanded Gamut We know the general use of Expanded Gamut printing has continued to grow – from the number of prepress separations, to the number of printed jobs, to the number of printed pounds, to the number of packages on the shelf. The growth has been driven primarily by advantages at the printer, including improvements in consistency, efficiency, and productivity, plus reductions in inventory and complexity. How should we characterize the current 4