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FLEXO Magazine : April 2013
Tuesday, April 30 17 8:00am - 10:00am 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 Do More With Four...and More! It’s well known that printing with a fixed color palette has the potential to deliver significant efficiencies from design to print. At last year’s Forum, audiences learned about the capabilities of the latest flexo plate technologies to significantly expand the color gamut achievable with just a four color fixed palette – a session that spawned the obvious follow-up question, “If you can expand the gamut that much for four color process, what could this technology do for more than four colors?” This session will examine a data-based print trial comparison of 4 color and ECG printing with both traditional and latest generation digital flexo plate technologies, and as a result, explore the follow up questions: When do I need to consider ECG? What impact does plate technology choice have on that decision? How can I make fixed color printing work in practice? Paul Lancelle, Eastman Kodak Company; Andrew Hewitson, Reproflex 3 Optimizing Mounting Tape with New Plate Technologies: A Case Study in Optimizing the Tape/Plate Package This presentation will explore the characteristics of flexo mounting tapes and photopolymer plates and how their interaction affects print. We will review the print results of controlled press tests looking specifically at the interaction of mounting tape with flat top dot plates imaged with high-resolution hybrid screening. These results show important trends, but now what do you do as a printer to implement this in your pressroom? We will dive deeper into an actual case study conducted by Hood Packaging. Here we will lay out the steps needed to characterize the tape/ plate package in your pressroom environment giving you the road map and tools to characterize and optimize your process and your print quality. Ann Michaud, 3M Company