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Giving a Platform to Student Research and Industry Projects at Forum 2019

There is nothing more important than supporting and encouraging our industry—and students—in their research and pursuit of innovation. The Flexo Quality Consortium’s (FQC’s) mission is dedicated to advancing flexo technology as well as developing the next generation of our workforce to maintain our momentum.

This year’s Forum FQC session, titled “FQC: Research Is the Key to a Successful Flexo Future,” will provide valuable research that is pertinent to organizations that count themselves as part of the flexographic industry, as well as introduce a group of student researchers that will certainly be leading our future. Presenters will educate attendees on plate making, ink formulation and consumer preferences for soft-touch coatings. And finally—for the first time ever!—you will also see how the winning Phoenix Challenge College Competition team rebranded a company using flexographic package printing.

All About “FQC: Research Is the Key to a Successful Flexo Future”


10:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
Monday, May 6

Session Co-Chair

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Jason Cagle, MacDermid Graphics Solutions

Session Co-Chair

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Jean Engelke,
FFTA Board Chair-Elect

Speakers & Presentations

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“Optimizing Relief Depth for High Resolutions and Small Features”

Presented by: Katherine Treadaway, Clemson University

New technologies have enabled the production of much smaller highlight dots and higher resolution features, and press technologies have improved impression control as well. In light of these changes, it is time to re-examine the optimal relief depth of 18-22 mils for 0.067-in. narrow web plates to better support these fine features by utilizing a decreased plate relief without fear of printing the floor through increased impression.

Follow along with the first-place 2018 FFTA Rossini North America Flexographic Research Scholarship recipient as she examines the range of six different plate reliefs and six different anilox volumes to determine the best combination to provide the most consistent print quality in regards to both density and tonal value increase.

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“The Influence of Ink Formulation Specifications on Color Appearance Under Different Illuminants”

Presented by: Linnea Landgren, California Polytechnic State University

Join the second-place 2018 FFTA Rossini North America Flexographic Research Scholarship recipient as she takes a look at the differences in metameric indexes when inks are ordered using two separate data sets: Lab data and Spectral (CxF4) data. By executing an experimental design, the two formulation methods are analyzed and compared against each other.

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“The Influence of Varying Anilox Roll and Tint or Coating Sleeve on Soft-Touch Coatings and Consumer Preference of the Results”

Presented by: Emily Anderson, California Polytechnic State University

In recent years, flexographic technology has seen a remarkable increase in its capacity for high-quality image reproduction, leading to an expansion of markets for flexography for higher-end products. For this reason, the 2018 Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship recipient has created a project aimed specifically at filling a gap in knowledge of the printing of soft touch coatings via flexography. The findings will enable flexographic print providers to standardize different levels of soft-touch coatings, a feature typically seen in higher-end print production, via the combination of anilox rolls and tint or coating sleeves.

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“High-Resolution Printing – Part B: Print Performance Comparison – Wide Web”

Presented by: Brian Cook, MacDermid Graphics Solutions

“High resolution” refers to a variety of areas of active improvements in flexography. This research details the performance comparison between standard resolution and high-resolution printing for wide web film applications. The ultimate goal of this research is to enable print buyers, printers and suppliers to share expectations of how to achieve higher flexo printing performance. Follow along as the data collected for this presentation applies the protocols established from Part A, which control and document the prepress, plate and press data variables within a printing facility for achieving high-resolution printing.

“A Presentation from the Phoenix Challenge College Competition-Winning Team”

Presented by: To Be Announced

Do not miss the premier presentation of the Phoenix Challenge College Competition. Eight teams are competing this year and the winner will present their project. This year’s challenge is to rebrand a company through flexographic packaging printing. This will be very interesting and show how brands can turn to flexo packaging to support branding efforts. You will be amazed at the creativity, resourcefulness and partnerships developed by students to complete this year’s competition. Which school will present? The Phoenix Challenge leadership will present this year’s winning team at Forum 2019’s Awards Banquet on Sunday evening.

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