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FLEXO Magazine : June 2014
Smiley updated the membership on the Near Neutral Dataset Assess- ment: Post Print Gamut Alignment. A test target has been developed and data collection tools are in place. The next step will be to schedule pressruns, analyze the data, apply NN calibrations to the data, com- pare the data and compile a report. The session concluded with time for the project workgroups to discuss specifics of current status and strategies for moving forward. More than 120 attendees enjoyed the open dialogue and details presented during the session. FORUM’S FQC SESSION The Anilox Gauge R&R II team was able to provide its final report in the FQC Session on Tuesday morning. Dan Reilly updated the membership on the tools and techniques used to collect the data for this second measurement project. The data indicated that liquid volume measurement varies widely between instruments and operator skill lev- el. At this time, no further FQC project work is proposed on this topic. This year the FQC was pleased to include a presentation by Natalee Consulo and Lena Haidar from California Polytechnic State Univer- sity. Natalee and Lena were recipients of the Rossini Scholarship in 2013. Their presentation, titled “The Efficacy of Conventional Mercu- ry Vapor UV Curing And LED UV Curing Inks for Flexo,” summa- rized their research. The data indicated that LED UV curing systems offer new capabilities over conventional UV curing systems. They do require some investment, so companies need to consider whether the benefits are applicable to their product offerings. In the designed experiment, LED UV curing only shows weakness in the area of cure effectiveness on paper substrates when compared to conventional UV curing and the reduction in heat makes this technology a viable option for new markets in the industry. Steve Smiley also presented “ANSI CGATS 21 – Reference Print Con- ditions, G7 And You!” He gave a history of graphic standards develop- ment, defined G7 terminology and outlined how it all comes together for a brand owner and printer to talk the same language. Alignment is good business sense and has mutual benefits in the value chain. A big thank you goes out to all of the contributors to the FQC Pre-Conference Working Meeting and the FQC Session. Thanks also to all of the FQC team members who volunteer their time to make these projects a reality. We could not make this kind of progress without you! About the Author: Jean Engelke is the chair of FTA’s Flexo Quality Consortium. JUNE 2014 | FLEXO 33