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FLEXO Magazine : October 2013
PUbLISHer’S INK engineering Print Plates,platemaking,sleeves,sleeving,imagequalityandprocesscontrol—by necessity and demand, these practices are intrinsically linked. From finger- printing and proofing curve development, to dot shapes and photopolymer characteristics and properties, to thin-walled sleeves and the continuing evolution of in-the-round technologies, modern day practices are proving versatile and valuable. Consistency is improving. Repeatability is being bolstered. Efficiencies are on the rise. Many traditional trade shops are being reshaped into pre-media service providers, with intelligent, automated systems being embraced and more stream- lined workflows becoming the centerpiece of the operation. Emphasis is on brand building and integrity. obJectiveLY sPeAKing These days, strategic objectives are easily quoted and read out like this: “Mini- mize waste.” “Take guesswork out of the equation.” “Analyze, measure and apply all data collected to problem solving, troubleshooting and process refinement.” Define procedures.” “Study cause and effect.” Remember, “Testing and training is essential.” “Recommend a straightforward, actionable and hands-on approach.” Delegates to this month’s FTA Fall Conference in Kansas City, MO; as well as each and every FLEXO reader, will hear and read those ideas expressed. They’ll also have them immediately followed up on with an implementation path laid out, as well as all return-on-investment benefits revealed. No surprises there. Getting the message through and acted on is paramount. Pundit’s Pointers Advocates of process control and its application will tell you that engineered print will deliver better highlights, maintain stability and enhance reliability/repeatability. To them, logic dictates that they—and every other flexographer—be passionate about fighting dot gain and all variables that can impinge upon the quality of print- run results. Three critical points are being stressed by one author and featured Fall Confer- ence presenter: • Consistency is contingent upon achieving as little variation as possible through- out the prepress and printing process • Precise, reliable data is crucial to delivering quality products that preserve brand identity • When put together, repeatability and reproducibility make up precision That’s a message we can—and should—all get behind. Many of us have. Many more will—starting right now! tAsKMAster & trendsetter Stay accurate and consistent, yet test your limits and still deliver the results that your customers expect. You can count that among some of the advice you’ll be hearing and reading. Take up the challenge. Embrace the cause. Become a taskmaster and evolve into a trendsetter. Develop tighter and tighter tolerances. Always apply plate curves and proofing profiles. Pursue the best printing combinations utilizing all tools at your disposal. Make continuous improvement evident and rank it high on the list of strategic objectives assigned to your plant, its pressroom and its people. 6 FLeXo OCTOBER 2013 www.flexography.org Submersible Longer Life Tighter Tolerances Higher Quality No Ink Penetration The new HD.WaterProofTM sleeves from Apex represent a real “sea change” for the flexo industry. Lightweight and easy to clean and handle, Apex HD.WaterProofTM sleeves ensure greater consistency and a higher quality print throughout. The revolutionary design minimizes ink penetration, leading to increased life expectancy and substantially lower costs. So why not take the plunge and see what next generation anilox sleeves can do for you? HD.WaterProofTM from Apex: leaving the competition high and dry. visit www.apex-groupofcompanies.com FtA tODAY FTA Board of Directors FFTA Board of Trustees Jim Nelson Chairman, FFTA Board of Trustees Great Lakes Packaging Corporation Lon Robinson III Chairman, FTA Board of Directors Tension Corporation Allen Marquardt FFTA Chair Elect Kimberly-Clark Corporation Dan Doherty FTA/FFTA Treasurer Prairie State Group Jason Barrier FFTA Vice Chair, Project Evaluations Printpack Danny Christianson FFTA Vice Chair, Scholarships Farnell Packaging Ltd. John Crammer FTA Vice Chair, Education/CPCs Best Label Jack Fulton FTA Vice Chair, Suppliers Printron Michael Reinhardt FFTA Vice Chair, Solicitations Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation Hank Welter FTA Vice Chair, Printers/Converters Exopack Mark Cisternino President Flexographic Technical Association Peter Hartman Polymount U.S., LLC Ian Hole Esko Eric Jones The Label Company Kelly Roberts Canflexographics Mary Sullivan Mark Andy Inc. Howard B. Vreeland, Jr. Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. FLEXO Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee Richard Cervarich DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes All Printing Resources Jean Jackson Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys Staples Print Solutions John Meyer Color Resolutions International David Nunez International Paper John Paine C-P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson Encore Washington Ltd