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FLEXO Magazine : August 2014
• John Cappy, from Outlook Group • Rick Spear, from Spear Group Holdings • Scott Fisher, from Smyth Companies • Don Nolan, from Avery Dennison Corporation, serving as moderator Day one also features a trio of afternoon sessions focused on design and branding. Wednesday notables include a panel discussion on label and package printing, hitting analyses of various sectors, current challenges and overcoming competition through successful market positioning. FTA members offering opinion will be: • Michael Lane, from Lofton Label • Tom Carroll, from The Labeltape Group • John McDowell, from McDowell Label Wednesday wraps up with an hour long session focused on advances in flexo printing processes, covering valued added features, delivering on short run jobs and HD flexo. ADDRESSING THE “D” WORD Those making the trip to Rosemont will also see how the flexo indus- try is moving to combat challenges faced from the growth of digital label printing. Thomas calls out process color printing, involving CMYK and orange, green and violet, as a trend benefitting flexo’s use in short run jobs. “Today’s presses are stable enough to hold the tight register required and high definition plate exposure and color man- agement systems have been developed in support,” he says. Substantial time is saved through the improved efficiency of keeping the same inks in the pan between jobs and eliminating wash ups. The ability for short run flexo presses to finish inline, whereas digital printing’s slower—but improving—print speeds made offline finishing necessary, is also an asset. “Short run work has been greatly facilitated by the introduction of quick exchange tooling systems, which can be set up offline,” Thomas adds. Combining the best of both the flexo and digital worlds has led to several companies offering hybrid machines. FTA MEMBER NEWS As they have in years past, FTA members will be out in full force at Labelexpo Americas 2014, demoing new products, highlighting increased efficiencies and capabilities, and showcasing their latest and greatest. Here’s a preview of what to expect: AB Graphic International4 (Booth 3223) will launch a comprehensive range of label converting lines that will demonstrate the lat- est software and workflow enhancements to maximize automation from web through to finished product. Among the new products to be unveiled will be the Digicon Series 3/ RL label converting line, the Digilase laser label cutting system and Omega SRI label inspection rewinder. Airtrim12 (Booth 6011) will be showcasing its AT140MSC Adhesive Chopper. It has a highly effective cutting action, optional lubri- cation system, requires low maintenance and is extremely quiet in operation. The rotary blade assembly has a standard three blade knife, with optional six, nine and 12 blade configurations. Allison Systems Corporation (Booth 5700) will be exhibiting two new products for flexo applications: a new line of cleaning products for water based and UV inks, and end seals for high speed operations. The cleaners are specially formulated solutions designed to remove dried inks from various surfaces on “The world of flexography makes a sizable impression, accounting for roughly 60 percent of all printed packaging and labels in North America. Even more inspiring to the community, 90 percent of all North American label converters have at least one flexo press on their shop floor, and many have several. ” AUGUST 2014 | FLEXO 47 Photo courtesy of Labelexpo Americas