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FLEXO Magazine : April 2013
Tuesday, April 30 18 Platemaking Negligence 2: From Bad to Worse This study is a follow up to last year’s look into how common platemaking errors can affect print behavior and plate wear, and if today’s technologies (flat top dot plates and surface screening) fare any better than good ‘ole normal digital plates. Building off of the previous results, plates with purposefully neglected processing steps will be printed on a wide web press, then put to even more rigorous, controlled wear testing on a print simulation machine, followed by another round on press to evaluate any changes to print characteristics. The key this year will be allowing the plates to wear for much longer than the last test, better simulating environments where durability is concerned. Attendees will leave better prepared to address their own platemaking concerns, and more confident in their decision making process when considering an investment into these new plate technologies. PJ Fronczkiewicz, Flint Group Flexographic Products 10:30am - 12:30pm 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 Improving Efficiency in Prepress Through Scripting What if you could automate many of the prepress tasks performed everyday in Illustrator and Photoshop? Using the Action tools in Illustrator and Photoshop and custom scripting, many of these repetitive tasks can be completed faster and more efficiently. While it is possible to write scripts specific to your needs in prepress, there are already many scripts available online. This presentation will look at a selected collection of scripts available now that can help streamline many processes. It will also cover how to implement these scripts into Illustrator and Photoshop and how to use them on a regular basis. Users will also learn the basics of how scripts and Actions are written and how they can learn to write their own custom scripts. Alix Guyot, Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. Workflow Automation – YOUR Way True prepress workflow automation has been around since early 2003, allowing commercial and digital printers to achieve efficiency, reduce mistakes and enter markets that would otherwise not be profitable. Those same benefits are available right now in flexo production, and when implemented with an intelligent approach, it offers you the flexibility you need so that YOU can customize YOUR automated operations to meet YOUR unique needs. In other words, workflow automation can streamline the routine, error-prone operations leaving operators to concentrate on truly value-added tasks, and turn your prepress department into a 24/7 operation without added headcount. Through real sample rules and case studies, you’ll discover how workflow automation that YOU control is not just about hot folders, smart hot folders, or linking events together to achieve a basic task. Instead, true workflow automation systems are intelligent, able to monitor themselves and other systems, and automate tasks without operator action. It allows the MIS, workflow solution, press and finishing equipment to seamlessly talk to each other from start to finish, delivering significant cost savings and the real-time information you need to elevate client communication to the next level. Michael Bialko, Eastman Kodak Company