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FLEXO Magazine : August 2014
ence will be focused on innovations involving the image carrier ( exo plate). e latest technologies for imaging plates, plus processing plates and plate chemistries, will be presented by the largest suppliers in the market---Esko, Flint Group, DuPont Packaging Graphics, Mac- Dermid Printing Solutions, Asahi, Kodak---and printers using them: • Mark Samworth from Esko and Richard Black from APR will team up to present their 2014 TIA co award winning technolo- gies working together---Equinox and SpotOn! Flexo, respectively • Sonoco Institute of Clemson University faculty members Chip Tonkin, Brad Gasque and Liam O'Hara will enlighten the audience on the state of printed electronics, and what future role exo may be able to play in this complicated eld • Paul Lancelle of APR will present the use of the latest RFID tech- nology to automate, manage and track nished plate inventories, including mileage and condition FLEXO: Image carriers seem to hold a prominent place on the agenda. Why? What can attendees expect to learn? FRONCZKIEWICZ & MALM: Printing plates feature prominently in the agenda because over the last several years we've witnessed a "technical renaissance" in this eld. ere are so many new options out there now in terms of dot shapes, surface optimization, plate chemistries, processing methods and automation that it makes it di - cult for printers to get to the bottom of what best suits them and why. Having the latest news related to these innovations presented during one large portion of the conference will better equip those researching or on the verge of investing into one or more of them, making their options much clearer. FLEXO: Why should printers consider Fall Conference a "must attend"? What takeaways does it promise? FRONCZKIEWICZ & MALM: Unlike some printing methods, exo is forever rapidly evolving before our eyes. With numerous options continually born within each section and part of the exo process--- from design to nishing---and with an enormous variety of products printed with exo, each with its own unique needs and limitations, there is no one clear path to do exo "right." What works for one exo application and printer may not work for another. In order to stay competitive, the answer isn't simply to "do what the other guy is do- ing," but rather to do it in a way that is di erent and, most important- ly, cheaper, faster and better. O en times, this involves using the same or similar technologies and methodologies as the next guy, but put together in a wise way that cre- ates a special advantage. In order to do this, you must stay up on the latest innovations to see if they t your current and future goals, you must continually survey the eld to better predict its future and you must keep tabs on what the latest trends are, to prevent getting dust in your mouth as you are le behind! is year's Fall Conference will showcase these innovations and trends and a printer will certainly leave better armed to compete in this ever changing environment. FLEXO: Why is Minneapolis, and speci cally the DoubleTree by Hilton, the right venue for this conference? FRONCZKIEWICZ & MALM: As mentioned, the words "innova- tion" and "Minneapolis" are inseparable. e rich history of discovery and invention makes the city a perfect t for the theme of this year's conference. Perhaps trying to deal with the bitter winter cold leads to some creative thinking! With great rates, a perfect conference center, close proximity to the airport, and---dare we say---the Mall of Ameri- ca, the DoubleTree by Hilton can't be beat. But the real reason? Five words: Warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies! " Never neglect or underestimate the power of the basics! Without a doubt, an innovation that enhances process control, yet hurts production efficiencies needs to be questioned." " Innovation is a method, idea, or product that should meet three criteria. It must be new, inspiring and profitable." INNOVATION IN ACTION Join FTA and fellow Fall Conference delegates for a once in a lifetime experience at the 3M Innovation Center and you'll never look at the word "innovation" in the same way again. Immediately following the conclusion of Fall Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 22, attendees will have the opportunity to take a free tour of the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul' MN, designed to showcase the breadth and depth of the rich and diverse technologies' processes and products 3M has created. A team of highly trained' informative 3M hosts will guide you on this amazing journey of innovation. e presentation will be one hour and include a box lunch. Space is limited. For more information, visit www. exography.org/fall14. 28 FLEXO | AUGUST 2014