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Identify Your Press at Forum 2019

A flexographic press has its own individual attributes that, taken together, reproduce color. It is the critical stage of fingerprinting that is the way to bring all of these attributes together to make the color consistent and predictable.

Kicking off Tuesday morning of Forum 2019, “Gaining Control of Your Process: The Fingerprint” will present a range of topics focused on wrangling a press and its litany of individual attributes into a reliable, color imaging machine. The session’s speakers represent some of the most recognized minds in the flexographic world today, and together will power a two-hour session that will motivate both those flexographers new to the industry as well as seasoned veterans of the field.

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


8 a.m.
10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 7

Session Chair

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Zachery Blackburn, Central Piedmont Community College

Speakers & Presentations

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“Flexo 101: Preparing for a Fingerprint”

Presented by: Mark Mazur, FTA Hall of Fame

We all know it costs money to run a fingerprint; substrate, plates, ink and press time should be used wisely. Before you start the press, you should have considered every aspect of the fingerprinting process in order to ensure it is done in the most efficient manner possible and that the time used is well spent. Listen as we walk through a checklist of the top items to consider prior to actually running the fingerprint.

Too often we hear “We don’t have time to run a fingerprint” or “it is a waste of time to run a fingerprint.” The objective of this presentation is to clearly explain why a fingerprint is necessary and how to do it in the most efficient manner.

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“Fingerprinting: The Foundation for Repeatability. Determining Your Densities and the Importance of Hue Angles and Gray Balance”

Presented by: Shawn Oetjen, Flexo Tech

All too often, printers become focused on achieving an arbitrary density specification and sacrifice repeatability when completing a fingerprint. Get the 4-1-1 on how the fingerprint is the foundation for repeatability and simply benchmarks your presses performance with a known set of variables. This allows you to quantify your press’ performance and get back to that point every time. During the fingerprint, you identify your densities; they may not be the same as FIRST and that is OK.

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“Spot Color Tone Is Made for Flexo!”

Presented by: Steve Smiley, SmileyColor & Associates LLC

Using SCTV (Spot Color Tone Value) can optimize your workflow with tools you already have in hand. For the first time, utilizing SCTV we can align with our customers’ expectations seen in their creating software. In this session, learn about how to set devices to calculate SCTV curves for plates and verification. We will explore software that calculates SCTV rip curves. SCTV for flexographers can reduce the number of curves in most cases to one per anilox, regardless of the color. If your clients are printing tints of spot colors or printing multiple colors, SCTV is a must-use. Walk away with an understanding of what SCTV is and how to implement it in your facilities.

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“Control Points of the Fingerprint”

Presented by: Robb Frimming, ColorDrive

Fingerprinting and characterization are two key attributes of FIRST methodology. Find out how the decisions made in the planning stages can affect ongoing print quality performance, along with your customers’ expectations, deeper in the workflow. A key takeaway from this presentation will be to make decisions that can set yourself and your clients up for ongoing success.

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