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Forum 2019 Was Four Days of Technical Presentations Focused on One Thing Only—Flexography.

May 5-8 were more than just four days on a calendar; living up to its theme of “All Flexo, All of the Time,” presentations were both diverse—in their niches and focuses—and cut from the same cloth—one that was printed flexographically. The event was chaired by Ann Michaud of 3M and co-chaired by Hank Welter of TC Transcontinental Packaging.

Forum 2019 Recap Ed Nusslein
Forum 2019 Recap Michael John

Forum 2019 kicked off with “Transitioning from Brown Boxes to Multi-Color Flexographic Printing – Join the Growth,” which told the story of transitioning from basic to more complex corrugated packaging from the points of view of two printers, a prepress provider and a brand owner.

Forum 2019 Recap Steve Smiley

“Best Print Technology on the Planet” featured questions posed to a group of brand owners. Those questions covered topics like use cases for higher linescreens and enhanced screening techniques, commonly seen print defects, the importance of color management and the value of award-winning print partners.

Forum 2019 Recap Brand Owner Panel

A spotlight was shone on emerging and exciting new technologies in “Flexo Boldly Goes Where No Process Has Gone Before.” Four pairs of speakers highlighted cutting-edge capabilities, including embedded bar codes, screening technologies, holographic and three-dimensional effects, and printed LEDs.

Forum 2019 Recap Kristyn Falkenstern
Forum 2019 Recap Matthew Hirsch
Forum 2019 Recap Kevin Dittman
Forum 2019 Recap Roger Poteet

A panel of Flexperts debated the causes of print defects in “The Defectives.” Pointing to print samples given to audience members, they looked at the printer, ink, plate and prepress points of view, deliberated what was behind each problem, polled attendees for their opinions and then explained how to remedy each issue.

Forum 2019 Recap Linnea Landgren

Research was the linchpin in “FQC: Research Is the Key to a Successful Flexo Future.” The session’s presentations brought about conclusions to projects led by 2018 scholarship recipients, the Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) and the year’s Phoenix Challenge College Competition winner.

Forum 2019 Recap Emily Anderson

Forum attendees figured out the fingerprint in “Gaining Control of Your Process: The Fingerprint.” Speakers tackled the fundamentals of fingerprinting, determining a press’ unique densities, SCTV and curve generation, and how locking in a press’ performance leads to ongoing success.

Forum 2019 Recap Mark Mazur
Forum 2019 Recap Robb Frimming
Forum 2019 Recap Jennye Scott
Forum 2019 Recap Mark Samworth

“Gaining Control of Your Process: The Characterization” went one step closer to consistent and repeatable print. Bookended with a before-and-after-FIRST success story, presentations stressed the importance of color profiles, measurement and data retention, and process improvement.

Forum 2019 Recap Rory Marsoun

“A Screening of Screening: Investigation into Prepress & Plate Advances” equipped attendees with three print samples, each utilizing a different screening technology. Speakers delved into their features, while the printer responsible for the samples discussed the printruns and benefits.

Forum 2019 Recap Bart Wright

“Anatomy of a Winner: Dissecting the Process” zoomed in on great packaging, with an overview of the FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards, a comparison between print samples given to attendees—a Best of Show-winning print and a defect-laden version—and feedback from printers who have entered, won and lost.

Forum 2019 Recap Ed Dedman
Forum 2019 Recap Paul Lancelle

Thank You to Forum & INFOFLEX 2019’s Sponsors

Diamond

Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo 3M
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo DuPont
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Kodak

Platinum

Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Anderson & Vreeland
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo CleanPlanet
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Daetwyler
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo MacDermid Graphics Solutions
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Sun Chemical
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo tesa tape

Gold

Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Esko
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Nilpeter
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Windmoeller & Hoelscher

Item

Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo 3M
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Anderson & Vreeland
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Flexo Wash
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Flint Group
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo FTA TEST
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Harper Corporation of America
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Paper Converting Machine Co
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo tesa tape
Forum 2019 INFOFLEX 2019 Sponsor Logo Windmoeller & Hoelscher