May 6
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET


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Watch presentations from this session, part of Virtual FORUM 2020, on MemberConnect.

Learn about technology advancement through the research of our future leaders, hear updates on a pair of current FQC projects and listen to the winning Phoenix Challenge College Competition team detail their results.

  • Hear about color accuracy of eco-friendly inks on biodegradable paperboard packaging, from a recipient of the 2019 FFTA Rossini North America Flexographic Research Scholarship
  • Explore color consistency of Clemson orange, from the 2019 Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship recipient
  • The Phoenix Challenge College Competition winning team will present its findings, focused on a company’s rebranding using flexographically printed packaging
  • Listen to updates on two FQC projects: the effect of temperature on ink performance, and how opacity is measured and reported in production environments

“In 1899, Charles H. Duell, commissioner of the US patent office, claimed, ‘Everything that can be invented has been invented.’ It is often easy to get lulled into thinking we have seen it all, but each year during the FQC session, it’s amazing to see the work being done, and we are excited by the passion and drive the individuals and teams bring to the stage. We look forward to seeing what the future has to offer to help us build a better and more complete package.”

FORUM 2020 Chair Hank Welter and Co-Chair Ellen Farrell

Presentations & Speakers

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Color Accuracy in Biodegradable Paperboard Packaging with Eco-Friendly Inks
Anissa Mollett, Clemson University

Brand color accuracy is critical in packaging. Listen to the results of research undertaken to document the color accuracy of eco-friendly (water-based) inks on biodegradable packaging. A successful outcome could open up opportunity for flexographic printing that can produce more environmentally friendly packaging for recycling waste streams.

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Clemson Orange Brand Color Consistency
Dovie Jeffcoat, Clemson University

Clemson’s orange brand color is well recognized. It is used in all aspects of marketing and promotion across all print processes. This research will document the quintessential orange’s color accuracy across products, substrates and processes. See possible causes of variation and the magnitude of those variations. And, finally, do consumers notice the variation?

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Rebranding a Company with Flexographic Printing
The Phoenix Challenge College Competition-Winning Team

This year’s challenge posed to Phoenix Challenge College Competition teams is to rebrand a company through flexographic printing. California Polytechnic State University, the competition-winning team, will illustrate how brands can turn to flexo packaging to support their branding efforts. See the creativity, resourcefulness and partnerships developed by the students, formed at the onset of their projects and improved upon throughout the semester-long journey.

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Opacity Measurement: Test Method and Instrumentation
Jinkai Qian, Techkon USA

Retail and consumer product company brand clients are concerned with the opacity (or hiding power) for white film and white ink on clear film, as well as the ability to hold design intent and brand equity without the product showing through. ISO standards and test methods do not exist specifically for application in the printing industry. Listen to the project team’s update on their research to identify common white/black point specifications for backing materials, recommend a test method, create a correlation look-up table between instrument geometry and opacity percentage, and create a best practice for FIRST.

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Ink Temperature and Production Factors’ Impact on Flexographic Print
Ann Warzecha, AWT Labels & Packaging and Mark Portelli, Saint Clair Systems

There are print quality challenges that may be influenced by the effects of temperature and humidity in the pressroom. Hear from the project team researching both environmental effects on ink characteristics, and the parameters that impact print and press performance. This research seeks to provide a better understanding of these influences to support pressroom best practices, and provide documentation for FIRST recommendations and updates.

Session Chairs

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Jean Engelke
FQC Executive Committee Chair

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Dr. Sam Ingram
Clemson University