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FLEXO Magazine : August 2014
INDUSTRY INDICATORS 46 Coming (Back) To America Labelexpo Americas, staged every other year, turns 25 as it welcomes thousands back once again to Rosemont, IL. PRESS BUYER’S GUIDE 64 Narrow Web, New Niche Robert Moran Durable, smart, operator friendly machine designs, which are automated, intuitive and supported by control systems, allow for more efficient production floor planning. 76 Inline... Stack... CI: The Mid Web Press Robert Moran Built to meet numerous applications. Designed to handle large repeats at high speeds. Equipped to maintain precise register and deliver the product quality you promised. 88 Faster, Better, Safer Robert Moran From tissues to flexible packages and bags/sacks to folding cartons, wide web press manufacturers are engineering solutions to maximize production, reduce downtime and provide a safe operating environment, customizable to both short and long runs. 100 Key Converting Equipment When it comes to essential finishing equipment, flexographers frequently search out slitters/ rewinders, laminators, metallizers and extruders. 104 Peak Efficiency, Light Labor Robert Moran Digital printing’s quality is on the rise, color targets are being attained and—most importantly— packaging is capturing shoppers’ eyes. Also Inside 12 Publisher’s Ink 12 Central Impressions 112 Members & Maneuvers 114 Ad Index 115 Classifieds 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 the modern day press shop workflow were modeled after the human body, the press would undoubtedly be its heart. Without it, all the materials and energy pumped in would go nowhere; there would be no output, no product, no life. These machines are important and vital. FLEXO®’s annual Press Buyer’s Guide provides key details on the latest presses from key FTA member manufacturers. See what’s new and innovative. Innovation is also at the center of FTA’s upcoming Fall Conference, slated for Oct. 20-22 in Minneapolis, MN. Learn about what’s on deck and the meaning behind the theme “Innovation In Action” in the Q&A with co chairs PJ Fronczkiewicz and Bill Malm AUGUST 2014 VOLUME 39, NO. 8 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 firstname.lastname@example.org EDITOR Brad Pareso, ext. 31 email@example.com DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 firstname.lastname@example.org CREATIVE SERVICES MANAGER Katie Dubois email@example.com EDUCATION DIRECTOR Joe Tuccitto firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino, ext. 25 email@example.com VIEW THIS ISSUE ONLINE NOW AT WWW.FLEXOGRAPHY.ORG 6th Annual AUGUST2014