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FLEXO Magazine : January 2014
Monday, April 28 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Flexography 101 Are you a newcomer to our flexographic family? Would you like an overview of things you should know? If so, this session is for you! In Flexography 101, we'll cover the fundamentals of the process, from aniloxes to ink to photopolymer, and how they all work together. Chairs: Alexander James, Harper Corporation of America; Andrew Knapp, Flint Group Flexographic Products CONCURRENT SESSIONS 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Flexography 102 Are you a newcomer to our flexographic family? Would you like an overview of things you should know? If so, this session is for you! In Flexography 102, we take it to the next level, applying FIRST methodology, and explaining the basics of optimization, process control and process improvement. Chairs: Alexander James, Harper Corporation of America; Andrew Knapp, Flint Group Flexographic Products Emerging Flexo Markets: Is Your Business Positioned for Future Growth? In this session we will explore new opportunities for flexo printers to consider as they seek to diversify their offerings, expand their capabilities and increase their revenue. By discussing topics such as the drivers of packaging design, new customer applications, and future developments in the market, audience members will learn about areas of growth, both regionally and globally, for their business that they can pursue today, tomorrow and in the future. Chairs: Mark Mazur, DuPont Packaging Graphics; Penny Holland, Sun Chemical Corporation Tuesday, April 29 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Flexo Mythbusters WARNING: Do not come to this session if you are not prepared to hear data that refutes your most closely held beliefs! It's amazing how many myths and misconceptions have sprung up and persisted over the years when it comes to flexography. In this session, Pepper, Jessica and our team of experts will debunk some of those flexo fables, notions and old-printer tales by putting them to the test with research, experimentation and a little horse-sense. We'll shed light on what is FACT and what is FICTION. We'll tackle everything from anilox rolls to what some consider "taboo" processes to imbalanced stigmas related to UV inks and food packaging. This 120-minutes of myth debunking promises to enlighten, enliven and educate us all. Find a seat up-front and plan to attend with an open mind and a willingness to look at things in a different way. Challenge yourself and see how many myths YOU can debunk! *Special guest appearances by 'Buster' and other flexo industry friends. Chairs: Pepper Stokes, Robbie Fantastic Flexibles; Jessica Harkins Harrell, Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Refining the Flexo Process: FQC In Action This session will be focused on presentations that provide data and concepts that will continue to refine flexographic technology. Be prepared to take documented learnings back to your operations and implement them for process improvement. Whether you are a brand owner, prepress provider or printer, the information presented in this session will be actionable and valuable as you communicate with your internal and external customers. The session will also include the final reports of completed Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) projects. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how flexo is evolving! Chairs: Jean Engelke, Kodak; Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies 5