MONDAY, OCT. 29
1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
“Imagine” All the Flexo Markets
As the shopping decisions of today’s consumer evolve, packaging must keep up with this new generation of buyers. As a printer, it’s important to be informed of the changes happening in the industry. Hear directly from our insightful speakers as they provide a glance into the nature of today’s purchasers, specifically focusing on the tag & label and snack food markets.
3:00 – 3:15 p.m.
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
“Born to Run” Workflow Efficiencies
Staying competitive is the natural state of the printing industry. There will always be a new development that is going to bring about change in the industry. Embracing new technologies will improve print quality, save on production time, reduce costs and avoid unnecessary waste. Leave with a variety of improvement techniques that can be applied to your workflow and enhance your productivity almost immediately.
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Read Kevin’s insights into each Fall Conference 2018 technical session, the value of the Tabletop Exhibit between
and after those sessions, and how attendees will leave Cleveland better equipped to tackle their daily tasks.
TUESDAY, OCT. 30
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
“I Walk the Line” for Quality Compliance
Flexographic printing is becoming more complex and new technologies continue to advance automated quality control capabilities. However, common quality issues still pop up in your workflow. Do you and your team understand how to confidently address these issues and have the proper training to fix them? Learn about the digital inspection of graphics to a standard using an automated QC tool and how this can be integrated into a production environment; setting supply chain color expectations from design to print and how CxF can be of value to aid in defect detection during the flexographic print process, and how the use of roll mapping can help to eliminate defects from material delivered to the customer.
10:30 a.m. – noon
“Welcome to My Nightmare” Color
A technical attendee’s dream come true—Explore typical color reproduction issues and learn ways they can be avoided. Find out how to manage the color profiling process and remove the variables that make profiles bad. Discover ways irregularities manifest in jobs and what you can do to control conversions. Manage specialty inks, overcome tough situations with spot colors and properly handle ink components to achieve clean print at high production speeds without wasting your resources.
Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch and Tabletop Exhibits
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Causes of “Communication Breakdown”
Having all members of the printing supply chain on the same page is a critical component for achieving and maintaining print quality and profitability. Explore where holes in communication most commonly occur and how to break through those barriers to get everyone on the same page, at the same time.
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Refreshment Break & Tabletop Exhibits
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
“Damn Your Eyes” Color Communication
Bear witness to a 90-minute demonstration of the importance and effectiveness of utilizing color management devices in all communication, internally and externally. Discover how providing operators with these tools will drastically improve makeready times and deliver more consistent color on every pressrun. The session will conclude with a round-table discussion about data ingestion challenges and include examples of how CPG clients are using print quality data.
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Evening Reception & Tabletop Exhibits
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
“My Generation” Tomorrow’s Leaders
A company’s workforce, like any great band, is an ensemble: A group of individuals, each bringing unique and valuable skills that, when pooled together, is greater than the sum of its parts. And like a band, for any workforce to succeed, its members need to work in harmony. That can be a challenge, when those individuals come from all walks of life and generations, with anywhere from 40 years’ experience to a single internship under their belt, a proficiency with or fear of technology, and a difficulty bridging those gaps to communicate effectively and work together.
This five-person panel, itself comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds, will examine these common friction points faced by employees and employers, and explore solutions by using anecdotal evidence and live discussion. Audience members will also have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel.
10:15 a.m. – noon
“Even Flow” Ink Transfer
The relationship between prepress, anilox and ink has an important role in achieving stability and reliability in the printing process. All components must be harnessed to build the foundation needed for getting desired results from plate technology. Our presenters will cover building a foundation with basic knowledge, measurement and optimization testing and tools, and quality assurance recommendations. Leave this well-rounded session with basic knowledge about the plate package, an introduction to new technology and how it works, how to test and optimize and the tools needed, how to keep quality assurance in control and what to do to ensure you are optimized.