Forum 2018‘s schedule includes nine fresh takes on relevant, educational sessions. Speakers span the gamut of the package printing and converting industry, covering all segments and the various moving parts of the supply chain. From processes, to people, to potential, Forum 2018’s agenda is the epitome of “Bringing It All Together.”
Sunday, May 6
Pre-Conference Session: Purchasing Printing/Converting Equipment: Flexo’s New Market Scenario
Automation and efficiency drive different directions in most every pressroom—starting with development of the capital equipment budget—and create, in essence, the roadmap to your new solution. Price, purpose and potential technologies must all be analyzed in order to successfully manage the expansion, increase capacity, make an investment that has impact and delivers the best possible ROI. Questions, to be addressed at the FREE pre-conference session by a body of recent contributors to FLEXO Magazine, will delve into: What do I need? How will I use it? Where can I acquire it? How do I budget for it? Have I investigated all options—traditional/analog, multiprocess print, hybrid, inline, offline? What key components must I consider? How do I settle on the best solution for my plant? How can I be confident that my chosen solution will maximize ROI?
Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC): Cultivating Our Future Through Research
This year’s FQC session will officially start Forum with a dynamic presentation from Sonoco and Clemson University on their newly formed partnership to establish a multi-disciplinary hub for industry and academic collaboration and research to address the current and future challenges in fresh food packaging and distribution. This partnership is focused on delivering breakthroughs with the help of the entire packaging industry.
Three educators who are familiar faces at the Phoenix Challenge College Competition will highlight the Challenge program, research and execution of that research. The session will also highlight the future of flexo technology by featuring the very best and brightest research projects conducted by FTA student members: the FFTA Rossini North America Flexographic Research Scholarship recipient and Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship recipient! Attendees will also hear the latest information on FTA’s involvement in industry standards, and ongoing FQC project updates and final reports from the High-Resolution Printing and Plate & Mounting Tape Optimization teams.
Culture Eats Strategy: Strategic and Cultural Alignment
Ever wonder why a well-thought-out strategy is often hard to execute? It might be that your company’s culture is not aligned with your strategy. Ever wonder why, after spending so much time and money hiring great employees, they don’t stay very long? It might be that your hiring practices are not aligned with your true culture—how you implement, manage and operate as people within your business.
We often hear people say a company has a “good culture” or a “bad culture.” The better question might be if there is actual alignment between your strategic goals and your cultural environment. What this session hopes to demonstrate is “that alignment” should be your goal—alignment between strategy, culture, hiring, training and retention. Hear practical examples of how companies (including flexo printers) have invested time into proactively developing a productive culture that truly aligns with their long-term strategies.
Monday, May 7
New Capabilities: Look at Flexo Now!
Flexo has come a long way, baby! Starting as an alternative for cheaper packaging in the beginning, it has evolved into an industry leading process known for quality, productivity and adaptability to diverse substrates. Today’s flexo printers utilize multiple technologies to offer cost effective print, variable imaging through digital print and rotary screen printing for a tactile experience. Attend this session to learn about the new levels of efficiency and plant integration which are now possible with enhanced press automation and Industry 4.0 integration.
Learn more about Michael’s presentation, discussing hybrid presses, in “New Capabilities: Look at Flexo Now!”
Expanded Gamut: Where Are We Now?
Over the past 10 years, expanded gamut (EG) has continued to gain acceptance in the flexible packaging industry by successfully increasing productivity and dialing in cost control. As much as 75 percent of large printers with multiple locations have converted some or all of their work to EG printing. With support of brand owners like Frito-Lay and Miracle-Gro that recognize the value associated with it, EG is still going strong today. Using wide web flexible packaging as an example, session presenters will identify and provide solutions to commonplace challenges and address the value of EG from the eye of the customer.
Learn more about Kevin’s presentation, discussing how EG affects design and the actual printrun, and where the next 10 years will take it, in “Expanded Gamut: Where Are We Now?”
Taming Consumer Behavior Through Packaging Design
Packaging is often used as a primary asset to attract the attention of consumers on the store shelf. Have you ever wondered why brand owners pick a specific design for their packaging? Why does that design win during the first moment of truth? In an industry focused on the successful execution of increasingly complex designs, we tend to lose focus on the importance of market research in consumer behavior that impacts creation of packaging design. Join us as we explore the twisted mind of the consumer and the brand owners that try to tame them using creative design. Are flexographers up to the challenge of exceeding the brand owner’s expectations?
Learn more about Jason’s presentation, discussing strategic planning, challenges of designing to flexo and how a printer adds value, in “Taming Consumer Behavior Through Packaging Design”
Tuesday, May 8
FIRST in Motion
Tired of unpredictable print results? Then it is time to implement FIRST. This session reviews the FIRST methodology, but more importantly, takes you on a journey with a live job demonstrating predictable printing for wide-web flexible packaging. We will demonstrate using a live job how to optimize your press, complete a fingerprinting trial to develop correct plate curves, get accurate profiles by characterizing using CRPC6 reference color, controlling your process throughout, all while focusing on process improvement. Want predictable printing? Here’s where you start: FIRST.
Press Approval Match Game
Have you ever been required to show a little more ‘heat’ in your hot sauce labels? Asked to see a little more ‘sweet’ on candy packaging? Or to make the fajitas wraps look a bit more ‘festive’ (after six hours of tinkering)? These and other pitfalls will be defined with the goal of eliminating, or at least reducing, creative intent during the press approval process. Establishing mutual expectations and deliverables early in the communication process between the brand owner and printer is key to having a productive, agreeable, press approval run. The proof should be the agreed upon contract between the brand owner and the printer. Discover how to reach an agreed upon contract between the brand owner and printer using a proof, a solid press approval checklist and proper utilization of approval tools.
Advanced Corrugated Technologies: A Business Case
Expectations are rising in the direct print market. Understanding how press technologies have advanced is key to meeting those expectations and improving your business on all fronts. In this session find out how top-notch press innovations can help you become an all-around better printer, manage purchasing decisions and compete for new business.