May 6
10 a.m. – noon ET


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With each passing day, the expectations placed on printers grow—they need to do more with less, do it faster, and do it better. Modern technologies being brought to the pressroom seek to address these concerns by improving the operational cost of printing equipment, the functionality of consumables and their interaction with the anilox roll.

  • Hear from wide and narrow web press manufacturers what is driving new equipment technology and how pressroom production costs are being addressed through automation
  • Listen to a panel discussion with anilox roll, plate and ink manufacturers working together to solve traditional opacity, pinholing and aggressive plate wear issues stemming from white ink
  • Learn about improving in-house anilox roll housekeeping and maintenance programs while accounting for environmental sustainability

“There’s a wide range we’ll be looking at. On the press side, we will be discussing what is driving new equipment technology and automation to improve performance. On the consumable side, we will be looking at how various suppliers are working together on improvements to address common problems like pinholing, opacity and plate wear. In addition, we will take a look at anilox maintenance programs and keeping them environmentally sustainable. Our hope is these topics will be applicable to attendees’ needs and will also help kick off their own ‘what are my frustrations?’ discussions, and help each of us seek out technology to address our opportunities.”

FORUM 2020 Chair Hank Welter and Co-Chair Ellen Farrell

Presentations & Speakers

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The Narrow Web Factory of the Future
Paul Teachout, PT Consultant Group

Learn how the narrow web technologies of today have overcome two converter challenges: a younger, technology-inclined workforce, and the persistent need for efficiency. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), automation and FIRST methodologies have provided a modern process to attract a workforce raised on disruptive technologies. And through management via automated process control and operation through wireless clean-hand technology, modern presses are providing repeatable and consistent production. Paul will share some of these state-of-the-art technologies that seek to overcome both workforce and efficiency challenges.

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Superior Anilox Inventory Management with Laser Cleaning
Peter J. Mulheran, Eaglewood Technologies

While liquid cleaning is still viable, there are some flexographers who need more control and more consistent print results. The benefits of laser anilox cleaning range from print quality improvements, color matching simplicity, increased press uptime, and more consistent results coming off press, all while adhering to sustainability initiatives. Peter will explore the intricacies of laser anilox cleaning technology, how it works and how it can affect much more than your roller inventory.

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Converter Barrier Solutions for the Sustainable Economy
Dennis Hughill, Bobst Manchester Ltd

The world of flexible packaging is experiencing dramatic change due to the commitment made by leading brand owners, retailers and packaging companies in January 2018 to “work toward using 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025 or earlier.” As a result, new flexible packaging structures need to be compatible with a circular economy while offering the same—or a superior—level of performance when compared to traditional laminates. This provides an opportunity for the entire value chain to develop new solutions with existing process technologies using bio-based, paper and polyolefin substrates to ensure new structures consist of a single “mono-material” meeting the latest sustainability requirements. Dennis will dive into the impact of the latest sustainability pledges on the design and composition of flexible packaging structures, as well as present the latest innovations and solutions that are fully compliant with the circular economy.

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White Ink Round Table Discussion
Mickey Bower, Interflex Laser Engravers; John Gaber, Flint Group and Brad Gasque, DuPont Advanced Printing

Industry experts representing inks, anilox rolls and plates will answer questions on white ink from their unique perspectives. Topics of discussion will include improving pigmentation, photopolymer plate advancements, modern anilox technologies, selecting consumable combinations that deliver the best white ink opacity, and other ways to improve opacity.

Session Chairs

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Johnny Stamey

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Stuart Beeson
Sandon Global