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FLEXO Magazine : June 2014
66 The Times, They Are A-Changin’... Again Tom Cassano While the 60 degree hexagonal laser engraving has become widely used, it does not solve every printer’s problems. 70 Diverse Yet Compatible Paul Sharkey In the third installment of his five part series, the FLXON president and founder discusses con- tainment blades, doctor blades, and back doctoring. 74 Going HQ Katja van der Louw The phrase “HQ printing” may be a common one, but the particular characteristics, steps and procedures that create it can vary. 80 Polymer Blades Can Replace Steel Kevin McLaughlin New developments in polymers have given rise to a generation of doctor blades able to maintain superior contact areas while minimizing many of the problems associated with steel. 88 Elevating Flexo Dr. Martin Dreher Germany’s Flexographic Technical Association—DFTA—details a new process called Planoflex. Also Inside 16 Publisher’s Ink 16 Central Impressions 88 Members & Maneuvers 97 Classifieds 98 Ad Index 100 Web Watch FLEXO® Magazine (ISSN-1051-7324) is published monthly by the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association. Address all correspondence to FLEXO® Magazine, 3920 Veterans Memorial Hwy Ste 9 Bohemia NY 11716-1074. Telephone: 631-737-6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright ©2014. All rights reserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 U.S./$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 U.S./$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 U.S./$170 foreign. Single copies: $7 U.S ./$10 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Bohemia, NY 11716, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXO® Magazine, 3920 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 9, Bohemia, NY 11716-1074, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXO® Magazine is the official journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance flexographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXO® Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA. If you were there, you already know. If you weren’t, you’ve likely heard by now. But in case you’re living under a central impression drum: This year’s Forum and INFO*FLEX, tagged “Breaking New Ground,” did that and more. Some 1,800 flexographers descended on Baltimore, MD for the annual events, taking in four days of sessions, networking on the show floor and strengthening the industry. FLEXO®’s June issue is also its annual anilox roll, doctor blade and ink selection guide, complete with technical articles from the most knowledgeable minds at the most forward thinking companies. And on a sad note, Harper Corporation of America’s Katherine Harper, better half to her husband Ron, passed away May 3. This issue features an obituary for her as well as some recollections from several industry mainstays. Cover photo courtsey Flexo Concepts. JUNE 2014 VOLUME 39, NO. 6 Contents FTA HEADQUARTERS & FLEXO® EDITORIAL, ADVERTISING, SUBSCRIBER SERVICES 3920 Veterans Memorial Hwy Ste 9 Bohemia NY 11716-1074 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PUBLISHER Robert Moran, ext. 17 email@example.com EDITOR Brad Pareso, ext. 31 firstname.lastname@example.org DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 email@example.com CREATIVE SERVICES MANAGER Katie Dubois firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION DIRECTOR Joe Tuccitto email@example.com PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino, ext. 25 firstname.lastname@example.org Grou nd B roken , R ecords S hat t ered V I EWTH I S I SSUEONL I NENOWAT WWW.FLEXOGRAPHY.ORG JUNE2014 Better Blades, Amazing Aniloxes, Incredible Inks 5th Annual Selection Guide VIEW THIS ISSUE ONLINE NOW AT WWW.FLEXOGRAPHY.ORG