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FLEXO Magazine : March 2014
Flexography 102 If Flexography 101 is the foundation for a stable and sound understanding of the flexo world, then Flexography 102 is its older sibling, with more advanced knowledge and information to espouse to attendees. “Flexography 102 will build on the foundational knowledge covered in the Flexography 101 sessions,” said Alexander James, Harper Corporation of America and Andrew Knapp, Flint Group Flexographic Products. “ We will discuss the details of what it takes to go to the next level of process control.” Specifically, the three speakers lined up for Flexography 102 will cover vari- ables and processes to consider when initiating the path of process improve- ments, the chairs said. They include: • 5 Star Optimization, presented by Bart Wright of InterFlex Group • Fingerprinting And Characteriza- tions, presented by Steve Balschi of Printpack • Process Improvement And Control of Press Optimization & Character- ization, presented by Brad Gasque of Clemson University James and Knapp say that the Flexography 102 target audience is both newcomers who are interested in expanding their knowledge base as well as seasoned practitioners who need to brush up on their skill set. “As attendees, this will be your opportunity to gain more in depth infor- mation from experienced flexographic providers,” they said. “Samples and examples of each topic will be covered in order to clearly relate the essence of each topic.” Name: Flexography 102 Date: Monday, April 28 Time: 10 a.m. – 1 1:30 a.m. Chairs: Alexander James of Harper Corporation of America Andrew Knapp of Flint Group Flexographic Products Flexography 101 Many Forum attendees graduated from Flexography 101 years ago and have gone on to hone their skills in press shops across the country, even around the world. The basics of flex- ography are essential building blocks for anyone pursuing a career in the industry, instilling fundamental ideas and information. Whether you fall into this group and could use a refresher on the basics or are still learning the differ- ence between a central impression and stack press, Forum’s Flexography 101 session is worth sitting in on. “It’s been quite a while since we last incorporated a ‘101’ presentation into the Forum—maybe we’re rebreaking ground here, but we’re very excited to be offering some level 1 training again,” said co chairs Alexander James, Harper Corporation of America and Andrew Knapp, Flint Group Flexographic Prod- ucts. “And within the session, we’ve got some great presentations that include in depth looks at the components of flexo printing and even a couple of live demonstrations.” The session is “pretty straightfor- ward” according to the chairs. The speaking lineup consists of three experts in aniloxe rolls, inks and plates, with each getting a turn to explain the ins and outs of their components and the part they play in the overall flexo process. They are: • Tony Donato, Harper Corporation of America, speaking about anilox basics • Keith Nagle, Actega WIT, providing an ink overview • PJ Fronczkiewicz, Flint Group Flexographic Products, discussing photopolymer James and Knapp say that the major takeaway from Flexography 101 will be “more familiarity with the ‘parts of the process’ and how they work together to make—or break—a quality flexo print.” Name: Flexography 101 Date: Monday, April 28 Time: 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m . Chairs: Alexander James of Harper Corporation of America Andrew Knapp of Flint Group Flexographic Products FTA TODAY 50 FLEXO MARCH 2014 www.flexography.org