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FLEXO Magazine : August 2013
flexo industry in various production-related positions. Wright has been a judge for the FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards, has a Six Sigma Green Belt, and is a graduate from Clemson University ’s Graphic Com- munications program. FLEXO: FTA’s 2013 Fall Conference, set for Oct. 14 -16 in Kan- sas City, is themed, “Got Data, Now What.” Can you explain: how it was derived; what it means attendees can expect; and how each of the six sessions will serve to develop better print- ers that are far more adept at statistical process control? ORCUTT: The theme was derived from multiple conversa- tions, with multiple print vendors, during last year’s Fall Conference. Companies want to walk away from the event with tangible action items to take back and implement in their day-to-day production. Having data and using data are two completely different issues. Our goal is multi-faceted: • Help enable companies to identify what needs to be measured • Determine how to use that data to better maintain consis- tency within their process • Specify and target areas to improve upon WRIGHT: When Mike and I were talking about the last Fall Conference, we had ideas on building on things that Johnny Dye and Sean Teufler, Fall Conference 2013 chairs, did with process control. As printers, we know that we need to measure and document. With that as a given, the question becomes, “What do we do from there?” Fall Conference 2013 will answer that question. Attendees can use the knowledge gained to go to the next level. FLEXO: As Conference Chairs, what are your personal goals and objectives for the event? ORCUTT: With such a broad scope of speakers and topics, every attendee should walk away with at least one take-away and apply it! Positive results internally will help justify coming to future FTA events. WRIGHT: Two personal goals stand out in my mind: • Have printers find FTA’s 2013 Fall Conference helpful • Strengthen the industry—flexographic printing and converting—as a group, so all flexographers can benefit from advancements in process control FLEXO: “See it! Measure it! Control it,” seems to be a mantra for Fall Conference. Can you comment on the type of data presenters will suggest collecting and how Fall Conference sessions will detail how it can be used to drive action? ORCUTT: The range of topics is broad and that was the intent. Obviously, every area, starting in prepress and running right through print production, can’t be covered in this time period; but we’ll specifically target certain areas—proofing, plates, ink and anilox, to mention a few—these things are common to all of us. A good example would be density. A given density is a data point. If we don’t achieve that density, there are multiple potential reasons. Understanding what to measure will help us control the process, so this isn’t an issue. If it is, through what we learn at Fall Conference, we can more readily cor- rect the issue. FLEXO: How will discussion on consistent, problem-free print and color decisions fit into the program? ORCUTT: Consistent, problem-free print and better color decisions top everyone’s objective list! I don’t think I have ever talked with anyone in the industry that doesn’t want better consistency. I was once told, the best of flexo can compete with the best litho and gravure, but the average flexo job falls short. Mark Samworth will talk a little about “averages” and “means.” The collection of data and the utilization of data will help our industry raise the bar in these areas. WRIGHT: We will start at the beginning of a job and go through all the stages of what it takes to make problem-free print happen. Each step is vital to the success of the next step. FLEXO: Will presentations target specific variables and their control? How will they outline vital data that is essential to troubleshooting problems as they arise? 18 FLEXO august 2013 www.flexography.org Marriott Kansas City Downtown, host hotel for Fta’s 2013 Fall Conference. “The F&K 20SIX allows us to set-up jobs in a fraction of the time it used to take.” Rich Speeney Managing Director and co-owner of MRI Flexible Packaging See video here: www.bobst.com/f&k20six www.bobst.com F&K 20SIX CI flexo press INTELLIGENT DESIGN. INTELLIGENT ECONOMICS. The new benchmark for flexible packaging.