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FLEXO Magazine : July 2008
ULY 2008 VOLUME 33, NO.7 -+In This Issue Innovation and success go hand in hand. This month's issue covers many new and exciting technologies, be they ones that debuted and were showcased at drupa 2008 (pages 36, 40 and 47), potential new markets and opportunities (pages 18 and 20), devices that are gradually making their mark in the industry (pages 52 and 56), or those rare innovations that come from within (page 60). \( fi'! , / THE FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGY SOURCE JI drupB WrBp FLEXØ _.' .-r.o"..o..- " FTA HEADQUARTERS & FLEXO EDITORIAL, ADVERTISING, SUBSCRIBER SERVICES 900 Marconi Avenue Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PUBLISHER Robert Moran, ext. 17 email@example.com EDITOR Christian R. Bonawandt, ext. 31 firstname.lastname@example.org DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 email@example.com TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Bill Pope Phone: 585-267-5434 firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION DIRECTOR Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 email@example.com DIGITAL DESIGN & PRODUCTION Red Flag Media www.redflagmedia.com :1: TEST _ :: :: r ;:>> = .aJHAAPER" FTA TODAY 4 Pub Ink 6 Association News 66 Engaging Ideas INDUSTRY INDICATORS 14 Pressing Issues 18 Opportunities for Conductive Inks Lawrence Gasman As the printed electronics industry ramps up to full production, flexo- graphic printing is becoming an ideal method for applying silver conductive inks. TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES 20 10m Dots Maxim Siniak, Ph.D. and Pierre Paul Moyson The authors explore the advantages and disadvantages of holding the dot- size variance to 1 percent on conven- tional flexographic plates, and provide tips to do so more effectively. Protection layer Em"" o Sublaye L... PET Antistatic sublayer Antihol",oo Ia"" ---------- 20 Protection layer 40 BEGINNER FLEXOGRAPHER 28 Anilox Preparation Saves Time & Money Sean Teufler This article examine the basic ele- ments of aniloxes and their prepara- tion to make sure you are getting the most out of them. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 32 Solvent less Laminating Adhesives Michael Leib and Larry Jopko High energy costs, high raw material costs, higher labor costs, environmen- tal concerns and the need to supply finished and safe laminate are all rea- sons to turn to solventless adhesives. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 36 The Future of EB Michelle Hearn New electron-beam (EB) cured inks allow for wet trapping on flexible packaging, which is more efficient and environmentally friendly. 40 Flexo at the Fair Hundreds of thousands walked the floor, billions of dollars of business was conducted, and innova- tion and flexography abounded at drupa 2008. 47 DF at Drupa CIP 4 made several announce- ments and hosted numerous seminars and talks during drupa 2008 relating to JDF. 50 Plate-to-Paper Impression Test Frank Anthony Harsh breaks in halftones led the team at Chattanooga Times Free Press to investigate how the impression was affecting the print. PLANTS & PROCESSES 52 Precision Control Robert Moran Lawrence, MA-based Eastern Packaging's orders now flow in from up and down the entire East Coast thanks, in part, to investment in a cutting-edge new press technology. PRE PRESS 56 Autumn Graphics Embraces Innovation New digital platemaking technology is helping this FTA-member company achieve its mission of providing the best quality and service available. P'S & Q's 60 Center for Packaging Innovation Christian R. Bonawandt Santosh Padki of MWV talks about how true innovation comes from within, not from outside. FLEXOil> Magazine (ISSN -1051-7324) is published monthly by the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association. Address all correspondence to FLEXOil> Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212. Telephone: 631-737 -6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright @2008.Allrights reserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 U.S.I$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 U.S.I$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 U.S.I$170 foreign. Single copies: S7 US./SI0 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXOil> Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXOil> Magazine is the official journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance flexographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXOil> Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA.
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