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FLEXO Magazine : March 2013
state of the technology? Hear three industry experts describe “where, how and why” Expanded Gamut is today with integrated presentations covering key aspects of the technology’s growth and maturation. Session Chairs: Brad Taylor, DuPont Packaging Graphics and Mike McGinnis, RR Donnelley Tuesday, April 30 FQC (Flexo Quality Consortium) The FQC, acting as a select standing committee of the Foundation of FTA (FFTA), provides the membership with a better understanding of the factors controlling the quality of the flexographic printing process. FQC projects investigate selected process variables in order to further develop reproducible process concepts that will allow for measureable advancements in flexographic printing technology. In this session, individual project status will be reported. Selected projects from submitted abstracts that meet the FQC requirements for adding understanding based on quantified research will also be included. Two projects have been expanded based on membership requests and two additional projects are aimed at mounting tape selection and color tolerance communication and understanding. This session will begin with an update of all active projects in the FQC. Be sure to attend to find out what the membership and the FQC are doing to support the technical challenges of flexo and how we are helping to define and support our industry standards. This will include an update from the Standards Working Group. Session Chairs: Jean Engelke, Eastman Kodak Company and Sam Ingram, Clemson University Workflow Automation...Right Here, Right Now! Many companies use workflow automation solutions, but are they really using them to their full potential? Often large investments are made in powerful automation tools, but frequently only a fraction of the system’s functionality is utilized. Whether you are just using basic graphic editors or have invested in a full automation solution, this session will help you get more out of your investment. Speakers will discuss basic scripting techniques, maximizing existing workflow systems, and new solutions that continue to increase efficiency and throughput. Session Chairs: Randy Butler, MacDermid Printing Solutions and Rory Marsoun, Esko Wednesday, May 1 FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances) Rely on FIRST training! The establishment of FIRST has been one of the most influential programs to advance the quality levels of the flexographic industry. FIRST is the most frequently referred to technical resource in the industry and its training programs have been a tremendous resource for both managers and operators in which to perfect their skills and gain control of their processes. FIRST certification programs are designed for the press operator, prepress operator and the implementation specialist. It also offers a company-wide certification program as well. Becoming FIRST certified is a valuable accomplishment, one that increases the knowledge base within an organization and also increases the credibility of a company to CPCs as being one that is on top of the latest technologies and that employs highly qualified operators within the organization. This session provides an outline of the FIRST certification programs and the process FTA provides in promoting the accomplishment of becoming FIRST certified. Representatives from companies who have completed the various FIRST certified programs will describe their experiences and how they have influenced their organizations in a very positive way. In addition, CPCs will provide their perception of FIRST programs and how being FIRST certified influences them in choosing their suppliers. Session Chairs: Rich Emmerling, Flint Group and Mark Mazur, DuPont Packaging Graphics FIRST Roundtable (Working Meeting - Open to All) See the Complete Agenda at flexography.org 5