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FLEXO Magazine : January 2014
GMG OpenColor 1.1 Released TÜBINGEN, Germany—GMG has announced the release of version 1.1 of its proof technology, OpenColor. Its new features include extended import of measurement data, additional ad- justment capabilities for color intensity and dot gain, white point correction and more. GMG OpenColor has won high level recognition, including the 2013 FTA Technical Innovation Award. GMG has also announced a co- operative agreement with X-Rite Inc. that allows GMG customers to access the PantoneLIVE ecosystem and color libraries, through its award winning GMG OpenColor and GMG Color- Proof platforms. Tom Cusack Is President, Comexi North America GIRONA, Italy—Comexi Group has appointed Tom Cusack as the new president of Comexi North America, replacing John Ferreira. The new chief executive has 10 years experience in the field of chemical and flexible packaging, along with multidisciplinary and global experience in innovation and product development, market analysis and sales management. Holding a degree in Physics from the University of Hendrix (Conway, AR) and MBA from the University of Chicago, Cu- sack now leads the company strategy in the U.S . and Canada. He previously served as operations manager at Flow- er City Group, as well as sales and mar- keting director at Accredo Packaging, marketing and sales director for Bobst in North America and the Asia Pacific Region and has held various positions of responsibility at Rohm & Haas. Platt at Master Packaging DIEPPE, NB, Canada—Former FTA Chairman of the Board Greg Platt has joined Master Packaging. He has accepted a position at the company as its vice president of graphics and prepress. Greg began with Master Packaging in December. He formerly served Southern Graphics Systems and was proprietor of GMF Flexo Pre- press Inc. Mississauga, ON, Canada. QuadTech Unveils New TouchRegister Module SUSSEX, WI—QuadTech, Inc., a lead- er in press control technology includ- ing color control, register, inspection, and data management products, announced the availability of its new TouchRegister module for use with the QuadTech Web Viewing System. The system enables fast and accurate register setting for central impression flexo presses. The TouchRegister module is available as an option and adds functionality to the Web Viewing System by bringing up to 12 colors into register automatically, saving time and waste. The Web Viewing System can cap- ture a predetermined register mark (or other suitable image) for each color and display them on the monitor while the press is stopped. The operator then adjusts the positions of the dots on the monitor. When the press is restarted, TouchRegister automatically brings the press into perfect register, to a toler- ance of 50 microns. The ability to make adjustments with the press stopped dramatically reduces startup waste. Comexi Group Shows Solventless Solutions GIRONA, Spain—Comexi Group held a two day seminar on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 titled Solventless Printing Technolo- gies, along with Sun Chemical, BASF and ESI, during which the firm present- ed its innovations in flexo and offset to more than 80 professionals. Attendees were able to learn first- hand the benefits of ink technology and solventless printing machinery. Those innovations, three of which are already marketed and the fourth with project- ed availability in early 2014, offer an improvement in quality, lower costs and a reduced environmental impact. After a theoretical seminar held at the Condes de Barcelona Hotel, Co- mexi hosted in its facilities a second practical workshop with the demon- stration of its different technologies. The WB Comexi FLEXO F2 was the main focus of water based flexo print- ing and water based electron beam, 8-color machine for medium and long runs without compromising speed or quality. 60 FLEXO JANUARY 2014 www.flexography.org MEMBERS & MANEUVERS