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FLEXO Magazine : April 2014
Monday, April 28 Forum & INFO*FLEX at your fingertips Forum & INFO*FLEX at your fingertips Sponsored by 11 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 Anilox Basics and Their Relationship to the Flexo Process Tony Donato, Harper Corporation of America In 1997, Hall of Fame member Joe Trungale wrote a book titled The Anilox Roll: Heart of the Flexo Process. In this presentation, we will explain in basic terms how the anilox roll lives up to Joe’s description. Then, live demonstrations will be performed, using hand proofers to show how changing the anilox volume changes color saturation of a given ink. The session will review the common geometries of the anilox, and how the line screen and volume affect print quality and consistency. Ink Basics: An Overview of Water Based and UV Inks Keith Nagle, ACTEGA WIT If the anilox roll is the heart of the flexo process, ink would certainly be the blood. In this presentation, we will look at the common components of water based and UV ink systems, ink properties, and how to properly control them. Visual examples and live demonstrations will be performed as well. Plate Basics: The What, Why and How of Photopolymer PJ Fronczkiewicz, Flint Group Flexographic Products If you have ever lain awake in bed pondering the mysteries of flexo plates, then this session is for you (and so is a good hobby and maybe medication!) Or, if you simply want to expand your knowledge of plates on a casual level, you are also welcome! So please join us for a behind the scenes look from the manufacturer’s perspective and learn the challenges and limitations of how plates are formulated, what they are composed of, how they are manufactured, and how their desired processing and print properties are figured into these steps. http://ftaevents.org