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FLEXO Magazine : June 2014
small catapult and led audience members through a demonstration of how to set up standards that can easily be repeated by any press—in this case, catapult—operator. The duo from Tetra Pak demonstrated how the efficiency concepts shown by the prior speakers could be applied to real world scenarios and the benefits to be gained. The second day of Forum began with a back to basics session in Flexography 101. It was chaired by Alex James of Harper Corporation of America and Andrew Knapp of Flint Group Flexographic Products and featured discussions of anilox basics, led by Tony Donato of Harper Corporation of America; ink basics, led by Keith Nagle of ACTEGA WIT; and plate basics, led by PJ Fronczkiewicz of Flint Group Flexographic Products. While the material was not necessarily new information to many in attendance, reviews were overwhelmingly positive: “Great overview of the basic components involved in flexo,” said Plastic Packaging Tech- nologies, LLC’s Bob Coomes. “Interesting facts on UV,” commented Lon Robinson of Tension Corp. After hearing the material presented, Tim Edginton of Pollard Banknote said he was looking forward to Flexography 102, the follow up and more advanced counterpart to the 101 session. He was not alone in his eagerness, as the room occupied by Flexogra- phy 102 saw all seats taken. With James and Knapp chairing once again and presentations on five star optimization by Bart Wright of InterFlex Group, fingerprints and characterizations by Steve Balschi of Printpack and process improvement by Brad Gasque of Clemson University, material introduced in 101 was quickly expanded upon, honed and put to use. “This session was very informative and all the speakers were very good,” stated Jamie Colpoys of Flexo Transparent Inc. Echoing what may become the defining acronym and quote from all of Forum 2014, he added, “I’m gonna rub some B-A-C -O-N on it!” Beyond being a delicious breakfast meat, the word was used by Gasque as an acronym, meaning: • Baseline specifications & settings • Automation—take advantage of it • Control targets • Operator training • Numbers, numbers, numbers Those who were not present for Flexography 102 sat in on the emerging flexo markets session, offering a peek at where the industry is headed, where it has room to grow and what technologies will be at the fore- front. Chairs Mark Mazur of DuPont Packaging Graphics and Penny Holland of Sun Chemical Corp. presided over a lineup of speakers who included Lynn Dornblaser of Mintel, Jim Reiman of Sun Chemical Corp., Chuck Pemble of Datalase and James Lee of Jones Packaging. Praise was not hard to come by, with reviews such as: “This was a great session,” “Good insertion of non traditional subject matter,” “Very good overview of consumer packaging trends,” “Great information” and “I think we’ll see this come into the production environment soon.” The much hyped flexo mythbusters session, which led day three’s agenda, delivered on all fronts. Decked in lab coats, Forum Co Chairs Stokes and Harkins Harrell led the session. A slew of presenters one by one offered up some of the most widespread flexo myths and pro- ceeded to debunk them. They included: • “Flexo can’t print a clean vignette” – Mark Mazur of DuPont Packaging Graphics • “There is one recommended mounting tape that works best for all HD printing” – Jamie Eggleston of 3M • “Density is ideal for spot colors” – John Seymour of QuadTech • “A 60 degree hex cell shape is the best anilox engraving” – Tom Cassano of ARC International • “It’s impossible to get an accurate ink standard without putting the sample on press” – Rich Rosenberger of Dart Container and Paul Lancelle of APR • “Photopolymer plates are so robust today, they stand up to just about anything” – Cori Devlin of DuPont Packaging Graphics, PJ Fronczkiewicz of Flint Group and Brian Cook of MacDermid Printing Solutions • “Controlling ink temperature is not important” – Klaus Klee- mann of Windmoeller & Hoelscher • “UV inks do not cure when left on anilox for an extended period of time” – Alex James of Harper Corporation of America FFTA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS FFTA’s annual scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, was presented to six deserving students for the 2014-2015 academic year. They are: • Adrianna Bird of Western Michigan University • Amanda Cockroft of Western Michigan University • Leeana Diaz of California Polytechnic State University • Daniel Langsford of Ryerson University • Jessica Melton of Appalachian State University • Elina Shafigullina (pictured) of Ryerson University 24 FLEXO | JUNE 2014