Forum 2019‘s schedule will stimulate your workflows, enhance your efficiency, and show you the latest trends, techniques and technologies in package printing and converting. Come to The Big Easy to experience four days of trending technical intel guaranteed to keep you moving forward.
Sunday, May 5
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
As the customers for corrugated products (packaging and display) react to market forces, more and more corrugated converters are moving into the areas of color and complex print. Presses are being purchased and transitions are happening with greater frequency. We will walk through the steps that need to be taken, starting with the original idea at the converter’s customer: how to sell to that idea, what changes/enhancements to the converter’s workflow and prepress will look like, what equipment needs are, what training crews need, and finally what we see in the future.
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Round-table discussion on how flexo is providing the best quality for packaging needs. Hear brands talk about how flexo has become the best printing technology for their needs. Hear what brands want from printers to align with their expectations. Are flexo printers evolving or being dragged by brands. What is needed to get compliance to Brand Owners Council Print Quality Schema?
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Packaging has many functions, including containing and handling products from manufacture through to distribution, communication of the contents, and decorations suitable to promote the sale of those products. As flexo has become more capable, these functions have been expanded to include better guaranteeing the safety and security of those products, assuring the integrity of the contents, and facilitating both the user experience and the ability to monitor inventory and sales. This session will illustrate the new functions that have been enabled by the enhanced capabilities of today’s flexo. You will see and hear about the latest developments in lenticular printing, anti-counterfeiting, product coding and more, all delivered by the experts who are making this happen.
Monday, May 6
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Defectives® seek to gather evidence on how common flexo print defects occur and what they look like, present this evidence to the panel of Flexperts® (Flexo experts), and determine where in the workflow things broke down to cause these defects.
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Attendees will learn about technology advancements through the research of our future leaders. The FFTA Rossini North America Research Scholarship recipients and the Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship recipient will present their findings in plate relief modifications, prepress workflow and consumer preference of soft touch coatings. The session will also include the Phoenix Challenge College Competition winning team’s presentation as well as a report out from our FQC High-Resolution Printing Team.
Tuesday, May 7
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Whether you are new to the industry or seeking to keep current on trends related to color reproduction, this is the session for you! Leaders within our industry will discuss the fundamental—yet sometimes misunderstood—topic of press fingerprinting. Learn about the processes leading up to the fingerprint, current methods of fingerprinting, and how to control and maintain the process after testing. Discover if a standard Tone Value Increase (TVI) fingerprint or G7 testing better fits your workflow. Hear about exciting developments in Spot Color Tone Value (SCTV) testing. See how incorporating FIRST methodology into your workflow will lead to more accurate and repeatable color results. Take control of your process through understanding the fundamentals of fingerprinting.
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Production consistency and efficiency is key to excel in today’s fast-paced and competitive market. To meet brand owner needs, having our process under control is a must! Characterization of the press is the foundation for process control and process improvement. We will explore in this session the purpose and “how to” of a characterization run, as it is the cornerstone of defining the printed result. Learn how to conduct a successful characterization run, the targets and tools needed, and how we set up for success to accurately predict the printed result. Process improvement in FIRST methodology uses statistical analysis of data collected during the printing process to improve quality, consistency and efficiency. Learn about tools to collect and analyze data and how to use the data to improve quality and productivity. Hear from a converter that has embraced FIRST methodology as a manufacturing facility and what challenges, outcomes and quality impacts have been realized.
Wednesday, May 8
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Significant advances are being achieved in print quality as a result of new screening and plate technologies. This session will introduce three of these new technologies and demonstrate the strengths of each. The audience will be given an understanding of how results are achieved and how these technologies benefit the brand owner.
10:30 a.m. – noon
How to do what you do—Just done better. We will have previously award-winning pieces in the wide web and narrow web categories of FTA’s 2018 Excellence in Flexography Awards competition, and have the same samples printed with defects. We will dissect the printed pieces and explain how to improve the weak points to satisfy your customer. We will provide quality, constructive criticism to help you improve your process from FTA Awards Committee members.