May 3-6 | Omni Nashville | Nashville, TN
Free Pre-Conference: FQC – Eye on Research
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Welcome to Forum 2015
Upside Down or Inside Out: What’s Next in Packaging?
How Technology and Consumer Trends Affect Packaging’s Future:
Authenticity, Risk And Experimentation Lead The Way
Industry players must understand the issues influencing packaging trends in order to successfully navigate them and uncover white space not yet explored. Influencers including consumer trends and economic forces will be discussed as they pertain to the shaping of marketplace trends and their impact on the creation of new products. Packaging technology too must not only be out in front of consumer desire, but must align with it so it translates well but also inspires consumers. Technologies affecting packaging also lend a measure of safety and sustainability so these advancements will also be explored. Attendees will be able to better recognize and predict the opportunities and pathways for making products successful in the marketplace. Additionally, they will leave with the ability to recognize and adapt to upcoming changes in trend direction and to differentiate between long and short-lived movements.
Suzy Badaracco, Culinary Tides, Inc.
Brand Protection Solutions: Developing & Selling the Value
Whether protecting products from counterfeiting or enhancing supply chain visibility, investigating today’s technologies to find a solution can be overwhelming for brand owners. Hear how packaging converters are uniquely positioned to help brand owners navigate these waters through an unbiased and practical approach.
Lori Campbell, The Label Printers
Interactive Packaging Trends
Consumer Product Companies (CPCs) are constantly seeking opportunities to increase brand engagement with their consumers. Competitive pressures such as private label brands, “showrooming” (when consumers come to a store and end up purchasing a product online), and changing demographics can cause market share reduction price erosion. The packaging industry continues to grow globally, and continues to be shaped by changing trends. Technology, design and function of packaging all play an important role in attracting the consumer to purchase a product. This presentation will cover current packaging trends that affect graphics, structure/materials and interactivity with the consumer.
Colleen Larkin Twomey, Cal Poly State University
From Tribal Knowledge to Technology: How to Understand the
Needs of Your Workforce
Trainers Are People Too
With the variety of media and technology available today, training can come in many forms and trainers are faced with a huge variety of participants. This presentation offers the perspectives from two industry trainers as they share common challenges they face in delivering both instructor-led and remote programs. They will also discuss 4 key roadblocks faced when working with individuals and management teams. How does your training program stack up? How does your team prepare to be trained? Are you helping to make the training successful or are you constructing roadblocks?
Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources, Inc.; Joel Engelberth, Esko
What’s Up With Them?
What makes you unique? What makes you happy? What makes you worry? How do you make decisions? What is your favorite way to communicate? Two of the biggest factors influencing how you approach both life and work are which generation you were born into or what personality type you have. Even the smallest insight into these personal variables can make you more self-aware as both an employee and a manager and help you be happier and more successful in either role. We are all different, and in this session you will learn to understand and celebrate those differences in you plant or office.
Dr. Nona Woolbright, Clemson University
Moving Your Team to Perform “In Concert”
Getting musicians of different ages, backgrounds and styles to perform as a team “in concert” takes planning, training, practice and constant feedback for continuous improvement. There is no such thing as an “overnight sensation”! Taking your print production department from performing free-form to learning to use FIRST isn’t easy but it is rewarding! We will look at ways to prepare, train and implement FIRST within your company so you will move from dissonance to harmony!
Bob Coomes, Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC
tRain-Dance for Success
So what makes a training program and the trainer successful? Here we will briefly wrap up with a few key takeaways to help ensure the time spent on training is meaningful and impactful.
Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources, Inc.; Joel Engelberth, Esko
De-Geek the Geeks: From Cloudy to Clear
Geeks & Translators: Steve Smiley, SmileyColor & Associates; Danny Rich, Sun Chemical Corp.; Richard Black, All Printing Resources; Steve Balschi, Printpack; Mark Mazur, Retired; Robb Frimming, Schawk; Lon Robinson, Tension Corp.
Research That Resonates
Final Update on High Resolution Printing – Part A: Print Output Metrics
The High Resolution Printing project team will report the results of Part A: Print Output Metrics. They will review the output metrics incorporated into the High Resolution Target and provide the results of initial print trials that were part of the development process. A summary of sample evaluation will also be presented.
There will also be an introduction to Part B: Performance Comparison. The project will outline and review the objectives and goals. Part B will require substantial field testing of the newly developed print target within the numerous print segments of our industry. They include Narrow Web – Water-base, Narrow Web – UV, and Wide Web – Solvent. We are excited to transition into the second part of this project and are eager to recruit all interested parties to join our team as we journey to complete Part B!
Alexander James, Harper Corporation of America; Ann Michaud, 3M
Near Neutral Dataset Assessment: Post Print Gamut Alignment
What is corrugated printing capable of when Near Neutral Calibration (NNC) is applied? Can this method offer a consistent approach to reaching color on press and also matching color from other flexo segments and print processes? In this project, multiple data sets have been collected on coated and uncoated board from various presses across the country. The data was analyzed and compared to existing ANSI CGATS 21 and ISO 15339 standard datasets to determine if this post print data is comparable to one of the existing datasets and to identify the real-life colorimetric print characteristics of corrugated. We will also discuss noticeable trends with inks on press and the results they may have on your print.
Shawn Oetjen, Harper Corporation of America;
Steve Smiley, SmileyColor & Associates, LLC
Printing a Capacitive Touch Interface Using Flexography
Touch interfaces are very common in consumer electronic devices. This research intends to produce a printed touch interface capable of multiple touch inputs. The design uses mutual capacitance for the sensor pattern and uses silver-based solvent ink for the active traces and UV curing ink as a dielectric. The sensor will be printed using a flexographic press. The goal is to print a high resolution capacitive device capable of outputting XY Cartesian coordinates corresponding to a finger touch on a roll to roll press. The intent of the research is proof of concept for a larger interface.
Nathan Pretorius, Clemson University
Part I: Optimizing Flexo: The Decoders Guide to Process Control
Optimizing Flexo: The Decoders Guide to Process Control
Alix Guyot, Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.
What You Need to Know Moving From Analog to Digital &
Now Flat Top Dot Workflows
Cori Devlin, DuPont Packaging Graphics
Packaging Material: Our Strategy to Quality Control
Pranab Singh, Tetra Pak
Part II: KISS My Anilox! Making the RIGHT Impression
KISS My Anilox! Making the RIGHT Impression
Tom Cassano, ARC International; Shawn Oetjen, Harper Corporation of America
Part III: From Color Mayhem to Color Control
CPC Color Communication
Al Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Measurement Conditions & CGATS Data Averaging & Smoothing
John Seymour, QuadTech
Device Link vs. ICC & CxF
Heath Luetkens, CGS Publishing Technologies International LLC
Part IV: It’s Manufacturing NOT Magic!
Printer Programs People & Training With Spot Color
Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group
Defining Your Shop’s Color Tolerance & Providing the
Operators With Tools to Maintain It
David Hunter, Pilot Marketing Group
Waste Control/Defect Detection
Windell McGill, AVT
Gauging Your Flexo Vital Signs: A Basics Reality Check
Taking Your Flexo Pulse
One of the simplest ways to gauge your immediate health is to take your pulse: Two fingers on the wrist or neck for a few seconds. A fast pulse can signify you’re stressed or exasperated, and that can lead to errors, low-quality work and less than optimal performance. The same can be said for a flexo operation. Controlling variables and optimizing workflow are key to delivering high-quality plates, and to be sure you’re doing that, it’s important to have a system to check your flexo pulse. This session will explore how to do just that, going through factors to measure, organizational strategies and more on a quest to deliver perfect plates.
Kenny Bell, Berry Plastics Corporation
OMG! Inspection Mistakes I See All Too Frequently!
We all make mistakes, but some are worse than others. Visual inspection of the finished product on the rewinder? That’s the definition of flexo insanity! In this session we’ll examine the most common narrow web and wide web pressroom mistakes—a brand new press without an HD screen? C’mon!—and take a look at the practical application of inspection systems as a means to reduce waste and improve quality.
John D. Thome, BST eltromat North America
Consulting Flexo’s Cooperstown
Imagine if members of the Country Music Hall of Fame formed a supergroup and got together for one night only. The final portion of the “Gauging Your Flexo Vital Signs” session at Forum 2015 will be just that, as five FTA Hall of Fame members—Howard Vreeland, Jr., Mark Mazur, Denny McGee, Mark Samworth and Al Bowers—take the stage to discuss flexo’s history and future, and share some anecdotes from their time in the industry. A Q&A format will allow attendees to pick their brains and glean insight from the Hall of Fame panel.
Multi-Market Commonalities – Alike But Different
Digital Printing for Flexible Packaging: A Partner To
Flexography or A Replacement?
Over the past year after long anticipation, digital printing has finally begun to show up in wide web format. Today’s technology already pushes the boundaries of what is possible on film, including dead registration, absolute color match job-to-job and zero dot gain. However, cost considerations really limit this technology to extremely short runs, usually under 20,000 linear feet unless a company is motivated by other marketing factors. So digital can be a good way to prototype, test market new products, or convert smaller companies to printed packaging. The possibility remains of business migrating to flexo as runs become longer but the obvious differences in quality could be a hang-up for brand owners. So, how can flexible packaging printers incorporate wide web digital into their product arsenal? What challenges will most companies face and how can they be overcome? Or can they?
Kevin Kelly, Emerald Packaging Inc.
Managing a Cross Platform Approach to Meet the
Needs of a Complex Marketplace
Technology is never stagnant, and the capabilities of all print processes continue to improve. As a printer it is imperative to not only know the capabilities of each process, but to understand which processes meet our customer needs. This presentation will explore not only the advantages and disadvantages of multiple print processes, but also how to determine which process is right for your customer. As we all know meeting the customer needs is not always black and white. We will also discuss ways to manage the consistency of the end product when a cross platform approach is the answer to your customers’ needs.
Bob Feldman, Constantia Label
Decorating in 3D
I’m not talking about some crazy new plate technology or revolutionary anilox roll, I’m talking about printing on surfaces that aren’t flat. In this case, plastic cups and containers. There are several ways to decorate cups and containers but some of the most challenging are printing directly on them. During this presentation we will explore some of the different print techniques, the challenges of color matching color across different printing processes and substrates and most importantly, how to make sure your customer is happy with the final product by managing expectations.
Kirk Birchler, Berry Plastics Corporation
Putting the “Flex” in Flexographic – Color Matching For Different
Substrates and Print Technologies
Although flexographic printing may be our industry’s sole focus, clients’ artwork has to perform well across multiple substrates and with various print technologies. Success in the flexographic industry requires flexibility. Understanding the different color matching needs across substrates and print technologies is critical. Attendees of this presentation will learn strategies and best practices for color matching projects across different substrates and print technologies.
Chuck Buscaglia, Berry Plastics Corporation