The “complete package” can’t be complete without a systematic approach to producing flexographic printing plates, especially when transitioning legacy files. Plate making technology is constantly changing, but maintaining the process—from the files, to the plate room, to the press—generally stays the same. It’s important to keep a close eye on new technology, but even more important to keep process control in mind, because without it, calibration, quality control and overall plate making best practices can interfere with quality flexographic printing.
“We often think of optimization as something that happens in the pressroom. Optimization in prepress is just as critical, so we can deliver a high-quality, consistent product to the pressroom. With advancements in technology, it is even more critical that key best practices and quality control measures are established. New screening technologies for both highlight reproduction and solid ink laydown performance offer technical solutions that make proper setup imperative. This session will cover the variables, controls, measurements and best practices in prepress and plate making that are critical to taking full advantage of new technologies and delivering consistency and quality to the pressroom.”
Problem Solving in the Flexo Plate Room Allie Ayers, DuPont Imaging Solutions
Often, issues occur in the plateroom that later relate to issues in the pressroom. This can cause down time or over-correction on press, resulting in a loss of money and time. Identifying and understanding some of the common problems can help eliminate issues before the plates even go to press. Allie will define six common plate-related problems, give insight into what causes each and provide corrective actions to fix them.
Calibration and Optimization in Plate Making Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Inc (APR)
Consistency and quality are of the upmost importance in the plateroom. We can achieve those goals with calibration, which improves the consistency of the plate making process, and optimization, which can drive the quality of finished plates and in effect, print quality. Learn which parts of the plate making process fit into calibration and optimization, and their importance to the process as a whole.
Process Control and Quality Control Haley Hendry, TC Transcontinental Packaging
Is chaos disrupting your processes? Control the chaos; don’t let the chaos control you. Poor plate quality can lead to unnecessary downtime, waste and frustration. To keep up with ever-evolving plate technologies without sacrificing print production schedules, it is crucial to develop a systematic, process-oriented approach to regulate plate outcome and ensure top-quality results, both the first time and every time. Delving into each step of the plate making process, Haley will identify the “what” to check, as well as the “why” and “how” of performing these analyses in an effort to control each part of the process and eliminate the chaos.
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes, Turn and Face the Strange Kevin Bourquin, Cyber Graphics
Nothing in flexography has changed faster than the technology used to increase print quality. From screening to enhance solid ink laydown and highlight transitions, to plates designed to print cleaner and run longer, managing how these technologies are implemented into a manufacturing workflow can be challenging. Kevin will provide various strategies to consider when embracing technologies at the most opportune time to enhance the product delivered to customers, all while reducing the risk of mistakes stemming from having too many process condition sets to manage.
California Polytechnic State University