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FLEXO Magazine : June 2013
Malcolm Keif of California Polytechnic State University; John Crammer, Best Label; Gene Plavnik, Heat Technologies Inc. (HTI); Mike Buystedt, Flint Group; Bob O’Boyle, Sun Chemical; and Tracy Lunt of DuPont Packaging Graphics engaged in a give-and-take discussion focused on four emerging technolo- gies: acoustic pulse drying, LED UV curing, oxygen barrier coatings and printed electronics. Their collective message can be encapsulated as follows. “ Press uptime and operating economics are critical. Push for productivity technology as a performance enhancement tool that can breed new business. Look at inks, substrates, functional ideas and designs.” Creating efficiency by embracing lowest cost/highest value models was stressed in a session on workflow automation. Speaking were Randy Butler, MacDermid Printing Solu- tions, Rory Marsoun, Esko; Alix Guyot, Anderson & Vreeland; Michael Bialko, Eastman Kodak (see page 36); Jijo Dominic, Esko; and Stephen White, Southern Graphic Systems (SGS) International. Together they stressed that converters plan to focus on intelligent, open and flexible systems, designed to collect data and drive decisions. Forum 2013 attendees were encouraged to celebrate the improvement of the flexo industry. The vehicle suggested by a cadre of five—FTA’s Excellence in Flexography Awards competition. Awards chairman Steve Mullins, Exopack, as well as Mark Coffman, Dixie Graphics; Arleen Neustein, The Excelsior Packaging Group; Lon Robinson III, Tension Corp.; and Tim Esselman, RockTenn Merchandising and Display— Adams, voiced a simple suggestion to all printers present. “Increase your odds, participate in every classification in the print category that you do business in.” They explained that all aspects of the print jobs submit- ted are evaluated. Scrutinizing eyes focus on the substrate, printability, ink, compatibility, registration, tolerance plate and printing complexity, tonal range, image sharpness, ink cover- age, registration, dot screen vignette—and perhaps most importantly—quality and consistency. That common rallying call resurfaced in the Flexo Quality Consortium session, where chants of “Optimize” and “Char- acterize” filled the room. Proponents included, Jean Engelke, Eastman Kodak; Dr. Sam Ingram., Clemson University; Dr. Danny Rich, Sun Chemical; Dan Reilly, Plastic Packaging; Sean Teufler, Harper Corporation of America; Steve Smiley, SmileyColor; Paul Lancelle, Eastman Kodak; Ann Michaud, 3M; Andrew Hewitson, Reproflex 3; Jeff Aker, SGS; and P.J . Fronczkiewicz, Flint Group. “A lways negotiate color expectations upfront from the cli- ent,” recommended Hewitson. Michaud added, “Optimize and characterize the tape/plate package. Apply fundamen- tals. Understand the impact of variables on print production.” Fronczkiewicz said, ”Current plate technologies are pushing print quality to new heights.” He suggested that when dealing BALTIMORE BOUND FTA’s 2014 Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition is set for April 27-30 , 2014. • Host City: Baltimore, MD • Venue: Hilton Baltimore + Baltimore Convention Center • INFO*FLEX Booth Space: 70 percent Sold On Site in San Diego 24 FLEXO June 2013 www.flexography.org FFTA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association presented six, $3,000 scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year to deserving students. Honorees and the college/university that each one attends follow: • Lauren Clasen, University of Wisconsin-Stout, senior • Natalee Consulo, Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo, senior • Daniel Langsford, Ryerson University, Toronto, fresh- man • Tabea Lemcke, Ryerson University, Toronto, senior • Samantha Makowski , Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, senior • Hannah Strombler-Levine, Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo, junior SL Lamination, Dry bond Lamination, Wet Bond Lamination, PSA, Cold Seal, Primers, Heat Seals, Lacquering, Thermoplastics, Energy Cured, more coatings... Flexible packaging, Pharmaceutical, Security, Thermal insulation, Photovoltaic, Windows film, Tamper evident, Wiring, Labels, Wine caps, and more industries... NORDMECCANICA Spa Strada dell’Orsina, 16 29100 Piacenza - Italy phone 0039 0523 596411 telefax 0039 0523 612051 firstname.lastname@example.org NORDMECCANICA N.A., Ltd. 250H Executive Drive, Edgewood 11717 New York - Usa phone 001 631 2429898 - telefax 001 631 2429899 email@example.com Nordmeccanica N.A. Ltd is a full service company for USA, CANADA and MEXICO www.nordmeccanica.com