Oct. 20 – 22 | Minneapolis, MN
DoubleTree by Hilton
Innovation at 3M
James Sax, 3M
3M is a global innovation company that never stops inventing. Over the years our innovations have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world. We have made driving at night easier, made buildings safer, and made consumer electronics lighter, less energy-intensive and less harmful to the environment. We even helped put a man on the moon. Every day at 3M, one idea always leads to the next, igniting momentum to make progress possible around the world.
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Innovation Through FIRST
Mark Mazur, DuPont Packaging Graphics
FIRST seeks to understand customers’ graphic requirements for reproduction and translate those aesthetic requirements into specifications for each phase of the flexographic printing process. The intention of FIRST is to provide all members of the flexographic supply chain (customers, designers, prepress providers, raw material & equipment suppliers and printers) with a common set of guidelines, tutorials, and data that can be used as communication and production tools. FIRST must continually adapt to a changing environment and as such, FIRST 5.0 is being released. The newest edition is the result of a vast network of flexographers working together to document the best practices for successful print production. Attend and discover what’s new in FIRST 5.0, including the latest specifications for expanded gamut printing, the best ways to communicate with package buyers and designers, and the best practices for press characterization.
Why Did We Want to be a FIRST Certified Company?
Jennye Scott, Berry Plastics Corporation
Are you on the fence, unsure if your company should pursue following the FIRST certification program? Does your pressroom and prepress group point fingers at each other while playing the blame game? Do you incur a lot of scrap due to poorly made prepress components? Is your print quality not up to snuff? Is your bottom line suffering because of inefficiencies in your prepress and pressroom? Then you need to attend this talk to hear how we overcame those very same issues. Berry Plastics was originally a dry offset printing company until we entered the narrow web flexographic printing arena. After we attempted “learn it on our own,” we knew something had to change. Come hear our story as I take you on the journey of how we became an award-winning FIRST Certified Company…and how you can too.
Indirect Flexo – 2013 FTA Technical Innovation Award
Jennye Scott, Berry Plastics Corporation
Indirect Flexo is a unique and innovative way to print directly onto containers and drink cups after they are formed. What’s more, its quality rivals all types of labels and, because the label application step can be skipped entirely, it requires significantly less time and effort. With the majority of Berry Plastics’ current business printing as dry offset, this new Indirect Flexo technology was the “answer to our prayers” as it allowed us to print true photographic quality versus posterized dry offset print. A year later, it still continues to exceed our customers’ expectations. Anyone looking to understand the benefits of Indirect Flexo directly from a printer who uses the technology should attend this presentation.
Innovation & The Image Carrier – Part I
Esko’s Full HD Flexo: The Next Level in Flexo Printing
Rory Marsoun, Esko; Al Bowers, RR Donnelley
Full HD Flexo is Esko’s latest solution for flexo plate making that delivers vibrant solids and beautiful highlights on the same plate with no compromises. This presentation explains how the technology works and the benefits it brings in the plate room and the pressroom. We will hear from a user’s perspective on what was necessary to get into production with Full HD Flexo and their impression of the final result.
A Tale of Crossing the Chasm in Texas
Nick Brunk, Kodak; Jim Davies, Overwraps Packaging, Inc.
Join us for a discussion on how two partnering companies approached the required paradigm shift for implementing the new Kodak NX Plate technology. Hear how the concepts of the book “Crossing the Chasm” apply to Kodak’s commercialization and differentiation of its NX technology in the flexo market, and how these concepts played out in the implementation of an NX system at Overwraps Dallas. You’ll learn how this technology delivers the industry’s first ever “Flat Top” digital dot. Plus you’ll discover how high-definition NX imaging can be paired with Kodak’s award winning micro texturing solution, DigiCap NX, to produce unparalleled results in solid ink density, high quality tonal reproduction, expansion of gamuts and “on-press” manufacturing efficiencies. This presentation concludes with a review of the challenges, strategies and successes experienced by Overwraps Dallas and how they navigated the “change process” that enabled them to embrace the new opportunities offered by NX.
Innovation & The Image Carrier – Part II
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Innovation & The Image Carrier – Part III
Making the Leap: Moving from Solvent to a High-Volume Thermal Plate Workflow
Ed Schieffer, DuPont Packaging Graphics; Matt Elliott, Bemis Graphics
This presentation will review the DuPont technologies that allowed Bemis Graphics to move seamlessly from a high-volume solvent workflow to a high-volume thermal workflow, while continuing to deliver high quality flexo plates to multiple Bemis printing sites. The presentation will cover the equipment and its capabilities, as well as the training and logistics that facilitated the smooth conversion. Particular emphasis will be given to the environmental and productivity benefits associated with the transition. This presentation is ideal for any firm looking to reduce its environmental footprint and improve productivity while maintaining superior plate quality.
Water Processed Plate Development: The Technology of the Printers Choice
Dieter Neiderstadt, Asahi Kasei/Asahi Photoproducts; Gene Martin, The Robinette Company
This presentation will illustrate how a specially developed plate technology based on a water washable photopolymer material enables an overall process improvement for the printer. Benefits are numerous and include: enhanced print quality, a balanced environmental impact, improved plate life, enhanced efficiencies and overall waste reduction throughout the printing process. Hear about this plate technology from the manufacturer, as well as a printer that is currently utilizing it.
2014 Technical Innovation Winners
Expanded Color Gamut Integration & Automation from Design Through Press: A Live Proof of Concept
Mark Samworth, Esko; Richard Black, All Printing Resources
The flexo world is steadily converting from a 4c process + spot color model to a 7c process color model. Given the right tools for press characterization, design, prepress and back through press, this color model is proving to deliver superior quality and economic performance. This presentation will feature both 2014 FTA Technical Innovation Award winners Esko-Equinox & APR-SpotOn! Flexo on a live production job—the 4 page cover spread of the October issue of FLEXO Magazine. Working live at Clemson University, it will show a fully automated expanded gamut workflow (Equinox) connected with press side color measurement and process control technology (SpotOn! Flexo). Visual results to assess quality—in the form of a true magazine cover—will be available to all attendees. Statistical results on color accuracy and variation through the run of 20,000 copies will be presented in detail.
Printed Electronics: What Does it Mean to the Flexo Industry?
Insights & Experiments with Printed Electronics
Chip Tonkin, Brad Gasque and Liam O’Hara, Sonoco Institute for Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University
Clemson University, one of the premier academic institutions for flexographic research, has been a leader in recent years in adopting roll-to-roll print technologies for printed electronics applications, having performed a number of benchmarking studies in flexography and gravure. In a series of three presentations, Clemson faculty will share insights into applications for printed electronics in packaging, and also address some of the practical considerations when printing with conductive and other functional inks in a manufacturing environment. These issues include curing and sintering conductive inks, working with nano-particle inks, registration issues, printing hybrid processes (gravure and flexo) in line with multiple curing systems (water-based, solvent-based and UV inks) for multi-layer devices, and more. In addition, results and insights from various experimental programs will be presented to provide a comprehensive view of flexography’s role in the printed electronics arena.
Innovative Flexo Workflow Solutions
RFID Plate Tracking for Improved Productivity
Paul Lancelle, All Printing Resources, Inc.
Mounting an incorrect plate for a multi-item pressrun….plates “lost” in storage….discovering a worn or damaged plate when a re-order is placed…Many of these types of mistakes have occurred over the years due to the fact that the identification, filing, tracking and handling of printing plates have remained as processes requiring a great deal of manual intervention and record keeping. New advancements in RFID technologies are now available to automate the tracking of plate location, mileage and condition. The end result? Significant improvements in process efficiencies, cost saving benefits, and productivity boosts. Any flexo printer looking to harness the capabilities of RFID tracking should attend.