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Spotlighting a Crucial Component of Process Control at Forum 2019

Productions consistency, accuracy, and continuous improvement are imperative to succeed in today’s competitive environment. Join us to explore the uses of recommended test targets, the “how to” of a characterization run, and the creation of color profiles used in color conversion to accurately portray the end product and gamut. You will learn about: process control tools, how to utilize the gathered data to better understand your current capabilities, and be able to identify some areas to apply process improvement. Hear about a real-world process improvement project from the converter point of view, with an emphasis on keeping your project defined, concise and with measurable outcomes. We will also hear from a multi-site converter on what challenges and quality impacts they have realized through their own journey of process improvement.

All About “Gaining Control of Your Process: The Characterization”


10:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7

Session Chair

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Ellen Farrell, DuPont Advanced Printing

Speakers & Presentations

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“Press Characterization and FIRST 6.0″

Presented by: Mark Samworth, Esko

Press characterization is a critical part of any flexo quality management system and is an integral part of FIRST 6.0. The five steps of CGATS TR012 include: 1) optimization, 2) fingerprinting, 3) process control, 4) press characterization and 5) process improvement. This presentation will examine the role of press characterization in these five steps, recommend test targets and describe the use of color profiles for color conversion, proofing, and links to process control systems. The objective is to teach the principles of color quality, predictability and improvement, and learn about the principles of color quality, predictability and improvement.

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“Know Your Roll and Realize Your Highest Capability”

Presented by: Dan Uress, Colorware USA Inc

If knowledge is power, objectively measured print attributes are like lightning in a bottle. With the information gathered during a process-controlled printrun, problems can be identified quickly and corrective decisions can be made decisively. The tools to adopt process control are more accessible and easier to use than ever before, leaving no reason for uncertainty in your production. By embracing these tools and utilizing their benefits, efficiencies go up, costs go down, and—most importantly—customers are happier.

But it’s no longer just enough to know about and correct your individual printruns. Software available today empowers new insights and understanding from the collective analysis of multiple runs examined together. Utilizing this higher perspective, one can begin to better understand their current capability and focus on areas for process improvement. In today’s highly competitive print market, it is critically important to realize your weaknesses and concentrate on their improvement. There are a number of print quality monitoring programs in use by brands or their premedia companies. Harness the power of these tools for yourself, before you find out from your customers.

This presentation will encourage the use of process control tools to understand print quality objectively and recognize how to make the best improvements on press for each individual run. With multiple printruns analyzed together, printers can understand their current capabilities and observe opportunities for process improvements that raise their offerings to the highest level possible.

Premedia agencies, print buyers and CPCs are measuring the quality of your print. Are you utilizing all available tools and putting your best capability forward?

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“Now. Next. New. Process Improvement in Action”

Presented by: Bob Coomes, Plastic Packaging Technologies LLC

Optimized process control must be established for consistent results. The challenge is maintaining the standards in a day-to-day production environment. Once these are normalized, what kind of strategies and steps can be applied to the processes to improve productivity, quality and profits?

This talk will consider the fifth phase of the FIRST methodology and the steps that can be taken toward process improvement. Recommended steps will be shared in how to bring your team to look at established processes in their present condition; their desired/improved state and how to work together to bring about positive change. Key components such as opportunity identification, process ownership, measurable analysis and ongoing audits will be discussed. An example of a process improvement project will be shared to illustrate a real-world application of the subject.

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“Does This Really Work?”

Presented by: Jennye Scott, Berry Global

After struggling during the start-up of Berry Global’s narrow web printer (its first time printing flexo), the company reached out and tapped into its vendor’s knowledge to help improve its processes. Berry was then referred to FTA and the FIRST certification program. Listen to a review of the struggles Berry went through and where it is today. Jennye’s presentation will show the many benefits of following a proven process that increased production, saved a lot of money and helped to gain new business. Can these same benefits be had by all printers? Find out!

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