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FLEXO Magazine : February 2014
FIRST FIRST (Flexographic Image Repro- duction Specifications & Tolerances) launched in 1997. Subsequently, it was never updated again, right? False! In the 17 years since its debut, FIRST has seen a number of “dot” revisions and major new releases. On the heels of FIRST 4.1 and with a sneak peek at the next version, Forum’s FIRST session will bring attendees up to speed and offer a glimpse at the future of specifications and tolerances. “T he devil is in the details,” said chair Jennye Scott, Berry Plastics Corp. “ You know how important FIRST is to your company, so you’ll want to hear all of the changes that will be reviewed during this session.” Closing out the four day event, the FIRST session is “the perfect wrap up to the Forum” Scott said. “It brings together everything learned throughout Forum and INFO*FLEX and continues to instill the processes that are developed to follow FIRST standards.” Each section of FIRST 4.1 will feature updates and addendums. Speaking at the session will be a cadre of flexo experts who will discuss these updates. They include: • Joe Tuccitto, from FTA, speaking on implementation • Mike McGinnis, from RR Donnelley, speaking on design • Eric Ferguson, from MacDermid Printing Solutions, speaking on prepress developments • Rich Emmerling, from Flint Group, speaking on print • Steve Smiley, from SmileyColor & Associates, speaking on ISO “As technology continues to change, you have to change with it. The flexo world continues to advance and is achieving great results,” says Scott. “ T he FIRST guidelines are no exception. These near standards continue to get updated to change with the technology so that you have all of the tools needed to exceed your printing expectations.” Expanded Gamut You only get one chance to make a first impression, so the saying goes. Fortunately for Forum 2014, the first impression it makes on those heading to Baltimore, MD will be the Expanded Gamut session, consisting of three varied yet focused presentations and a Q&A panel that together will set the stage and expectations for the days to come. “At this year’s Forum, we are taking a more holistic approach looking at Expanded Gamut,” said co chairs Robb Frimming, Schawk! and Kevin Bourquin, Cyber Graphics LLC. “ T he success of any program is not just about graphics and printing, like we have discussed in the past, but rather a brand owner, designer, printer and supplier working toward a common goal of creating the best looking package imaginable with efficiency in manufacturing.” Over the course of a chock full two hours, attendees will hear from: • Rick Pollard, The Procter & Gam- ble Co., speaking about a holistic approach to utilizing expanded color gamut • David Franklin, Tri-Media, discuss- ing how designers view expanded gamut • Steve Upton, CHROMiX Inc., digging into ICC Profiles and color gamuts to explain how they work and what information they contain • A Q&A panel involving all three speakers, along with Johnny Dye, Accredo Packaging, Inc. and Mark Samworth, Esko “ T he wealth of knowledge of our presenters and panel is very exciting,” said Frimming and Bourquin. “ While each individual presentation has its own goal and plays an important role in the success of the program, how they work together is paramount.” Name: Expanded Gamut Printing, The Customer And You! Date: Sunday, April 27 Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Chairs: Robb Frimming of Schawk! Kevin Bourquin of Cyber Graphics LLC Name: FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances) Date: Wednesday, April 30 Time: 10:30 a.m . - noon Chair: Jennye Scott of Berry Plastics Corp. 66 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2014 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY