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FLEXO Magazine : May 2013
As these technologies continue to expand the capabilities and color range available to prepress operators and converters, there must be developments that push expanded gamut further in the marketplace. Embracing soft proofing technology in an n-color space will help enable real time color collaboration in a color space that brings significant enhancement in gamut, cost savings and speed-to-market. There also needs to be a drive toward embracing n-color in a native application environment where content creators can begin to design packag- ing optimized for the expanded gamut process. This will enable brand owners to further embrace expanded gamut for flexo as a reliable and predictable process over gravure. Expanded gamut is near a tipping point because proofing, the last piece to the puzzle, has finally caught up with the rest of separation technology. Brand owners are achieving high quality flexo separations that are predictable with proof to press matches close to conven- tional CMYK separations. Converters are embracing technology enhance- ments that allow a more consistent process that helps to improve predict- ability and to enhance graphics, allow- ing brand owners to push flexo another step closer to gravure. n About the Author: After graduating from Clemson University with a BS in Graphic Communications, Kevin Bourquin moved to Memphis to join Cyber Graphics as the technical projects manager. In this role, he was responsible for many R&D projects associated with new technologies, quality improvements and workflow efficiencies, including the development and implementation of an extended gamut process system. After the implementation of a few key projects, he assumed the role of prepress man- ager. As the department head, Kevin is responsible for the day-to-day produc- tion execution of digital artwork for color, FDA regulations, packaging and print specifications, as well as the develop- ment of new technology to improve the capabilities of Cyber Graphics. Kevin also coordinates the strategic direction of prepress technology, quality and talent development across both the Memphis and Strongsville operations. Kevin received an MBA from the Fogel- man College of Business at The Univer- sity of Memphis, where he was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Interna- tional Honors Society. Kevin currently lives in downtown Memphis with his wife Kelsey and their Lab, Porter. The above article is based on and ex- pands upon his Forum 2013 presentation of the same title. Bourquin will take the podium in the Expanded Gamust Session, Monday, April 29, 2013. www.flexography.org may 2013 FLEXO 41 Your finishing operators know this too. The new VLI delivers greater precision and speed of inspecting, slitting and rewinding. And that means quicker turnaround and perfectly finished rolls, every time. Speed and precision. www.rotoflex.com IT’S NOT ONLY THE SPEED OF THE STEEL,BUT THE PRECISION OF THE CUT AT THE CUTTING EDGE Do you make the cut? Find out at rotoflex.com/thecut RF_FlexoMag_4.5625x7.375.indd 1 4/16/12 4:29:48 PM