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FLEXO Magazine : February 2014
increased efficiencies, high- er productivity and greater control is universal. As an industry, the focus is on reducing both setup and makeready while improving quality and consistency. Successful professionals never rest on their laurels in their quest to pursue contin- uous improvement and with the new technology, the new services and new products, the show floor at INFO*FLEX will address it all. FLEXO®: Why is it important to be at INFO*FLEX? KAIBLE: INFO*FLEX pro- vides a firsthand feel for the state of the industry and the new directions it is heading in. The solutions on the show floor directly address ways to maximize uptime, eliminate waste and drive costs and variables from our process. They also speak to enhancing skills on the production line, adopting best business practices, automating the plant and keep- ing customers satisfied. The networking opportunities are fantastic. Ideas are exchanged. Solutions are identified and the takeaways focus on bettering your bottom line, acquiring a competitive advantage and leveraging what you learn to maintain your plant’s viability and versatility. It’s equally important to attend INFO*FLEX ’s sister event, FTA’s 2014 Annual Forum: Breaking New Ground, which takes place April 27-30 at the Hilton Baltimore. Forum features 11 technical sessions that address everything from managing pressroom efficiencies to expanded gamut to emerging flexo markets. The knowledge acquired at Forum can then be taken to the INFO*FLEX show floor, where you can see the technologies in action and follow up with the exhibitors to learn more. Incidentally, every full Forum registration includes entrance into INFO*FLEX on both days, offering the best of both worlds. Combined, Forum and INFO*FLEX offer the solutions for ev- ery printer that wants to commit to doing a better job, building a stronger bottom line, maintaining customer satisfaction and expanding clientele. FLEXO®: How would you break down the show floor by per- centage representation in major product classifications, say presses; press accessories; inks, anilox rolls, doctor blades, ink metering equipment; plates and platemaking devices; measuring devices and process control enhancement equip- ment; etc? KAIBLE: Presses and converting equipment account for more than 40 percent of those exhibiting; prepress proponents/ components account for more than 20 percent. All plan to introduce new products or offer details on recently expanded lines. Their objective is to demonstrate how advancements in tech- nology will make every attendee a better, more consistent, more profitable printer/converter, while at the same time they serve to maintain flexography ’s position as the print process of choice within the global packaging community. 70 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2014 www.flexography.org