April 19
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Columbus

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.”

FORUM 2020 Chair Hank Welter and Co-Chair Ellen Farrell

Presentations & Speakers

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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 & Optimization in Plate Making
Tom Koester, 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 & Quality Control
Haley Hendry, TC Transcontinental Packaging

Presentation details coming soon.

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Presentation title coming soon.
Kevin Bourquin, Cyber Graphics

Presentation details coming soon.

Session Chairs

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Malcolm Keif
California Polytechnic State University

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Jason Cagle
MacDermid Graphics Solutions