MONDAY, OCT. 9
The Realm of Flexographic Innovation
What is the true definition of innovation? That’s simple: It is when someone improves on or makes a significant contribution to a new method, idea or product which can be manufactured at an affordable cost to satisfy a specific need in the flexo industry. Join Gerry Vogler as he steps inside the realm of flexographic innovation and identifies the specific innovations that have influenced this industry over the years. This session will also hear the perspective of our peers on where innovation is going to take us in the future. Then, hear from Mark Mazur as he takes us on a journey of innovation through the eyes of FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances). You’ll be amazed at how far the package printing and converting world has come!
Speakers: Gerry Vogler, 3M; Mark Mazur, FTA Flexo Hall of Fame
Two Decades of Creating Customer Confidence
Be sure to attend this panel discussion to hear from industry experts as they review the past two decades of creating customer confidence through Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST). Our panelists will discuss how FIRST has evolved as an essential document that helps businesses all over the world improve their product, simply by understanding the technical information needed to print consistent, high-quality products repeatedly. Stay tuned at the end of the session to hear about the newest edition of the publication, FIRST 6.0, and how the updated specifications can take your business to the next level!
Speakers: Mark Mazur, FTA Flexo Hall of Fame; Al Bowers, RR Donnelley; Arleen Neustein, New Excelsior; Jeff Randazzo, Controlled Displacement Technologies, LLC; Eric Ferguson, Datalase Ltd., Lon Robinson, Tension Corp.
TUESDAY, OCT. 10
Showcasing the 2017 Technical Innovation Award Winners
For more than 20 years, FTA has recognized the extraordinary achievements made through the Technical Innovation Award. This year was no different. Listen to the three recipients of this prestigious award as they present their forward-thinking technologies. Each winner will share its innovation and how it will contribute to the advancement of the flexographic industry.
- Esko’s XPS Crystal 5080
- Flint Group’s EkoCure ANCORA Ink
- Mark Andy, Inc.’s Digital Series Hybrid Press
2017 Technical Award Winners in Action
It’s always great to hear about new innovations. But what about seeing them in action? That’s exactly what will happen when the project team utilizes the award-winning technologies to print the hybrid cover of the October issue of FLEXO Magazine. This session is just the beginning of an in-depth journey into how combining digital and flexographic printing truly works.
Speaker: Mark Samworth, Esko
Calibrating the Processes
When embarking on a hybrid pressrun, there are many factors to take into consideration. From the different lingo used for each process, to figuring out how to combine the two processes into one procedure for printing—find out what digital and flexographic calibrations entail. Our presenters will use the October FLEXO cover project as their example, to review the requirements and realistic scenarios in preparing to print.
Speakers: Mark Samworth, Esko; Jason Cagle, MacDermid Graphics Solutions; Nat Davis, Mark Andy, Inc.
Fingerprinting the Processes
Diving even deeper into the process, fingerprinting is the next and optimal place to enhance your flexographic workflow within the production environment. Utilizing G7 methodology, hear newly minted FTA Flexo Hall of Fame Member Steve Smiley explain the way to create curve files and then implement the workflow for the benefit of high quality, repeatable results.
Speaker: Steve Smiley, SmileyColor & Associates
Characterizing the Processes
Up next! Discover how the cover project utilized color management practices through the characterization of inks and ink application.
Speaker: Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources, Inc.
Controlling the Processes for Production
Lastly, join in as we hear from PJ Fronczkiewicz about the common process control techniques for successful printing.
Speaker: PJ Fronczkiewicz, Flint Group
Analyzing the Results
As we near the end of the journey of printing a hybrid project, Mark Samworth comes back to the stage to analyze the final print, along with the supporting optimizing, fingerprinting and characterization press sheets.
Speaker: Mark Samworth, Esko
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11
Specifying Hue Angles to Establish CMYK Starting Points
When printing from digital data across multiple technologies, ISO 15339 is the standard to follow. Join Mark Mazur as he reviews the procedure used for adjusting color characterization data to maintain the normally expected range of substrate color as specified by ISO 15339. Mark will also identify the common practices for establishing CMYK starting points. This session is not to be missed!
Speaker: Mark Mazur, FTA Flexo Hall of Fame
Continuous Improvement in Action
So, you’ve completed the printrun and you’ve analyzed results. There’s still one more important piece of the printing puzzle – continuous improvement. In this session, Joe Riccardella will review the results and ROI of production and help shed some light on how to make a project like this run even better the next time around.
Speaker: Joe Riccardella, Berry Global
What’s Inside My Device?
Measurement device technology is constantly improving. During this presentation, John Seymour will explain changes within measurement device settings for SCTV and explain how these recent updates determine data.
Speaker: John Seymour, John the Math Guy
Ask the Experts
The floor has been opened to you, the attendees, to present the most common production problems that can leave you frustrated or—even worse—with inconsistent printing! Our panel of industry experts will address questions from you, our attendees. Submit your questions today, so we can answer them live at Fall Conference.
Speakers: Rory Marsoun, Esko; Jean Jackson, FTA Flexo Hall of Fame; Jim Kulhanek, DuPont Advanced Printing; Carl Cecil, Flint Group; Paul Lancelle, Kodak