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October 28-30
Charlotte, NC

Throughout all eight laps on our flexographic racetrack, Fall Conference 2019 will chronicle the production of a high quality, flexographically-printed sample while demonstrating the optimization, fingerprinting, characterization, process control and process improvement techniques live, on stage. And at several pit stops throughout the conference, you’ll see a cutting-edge, creative new training platform for developing tomorrow’s workforce.

The Sessions

Session Details

1

Defining the Race

Listen to a panel discussion led by the conference chair, where the conference’s presenters mimic a pre-production meeting and dissect the flexographic variables encountered and obstacles combatted along the way. They will also discuss the design requirements and identify the consumables and materials used.

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2

Empowering the Pit Crew

Looking beyond traditional training, virtual reality (VR) is gearing up to take a new role in press operator training. Learn how VR can provide cost-effective, zero-waste and scalable training, and then watch live as an instructor teaches a new flexographer how to set up and run a virtual flexo press. See our traditional conference stage transformed into a fully functional pressroom right in front of your very eyes!

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3

Optimizing the Tools for the Race

The goal of the optimization process is to identify the best combination of print variables. Optimization occurs prior to fingerprinting and involves identifying the print variables that will produce the desired results. Learn the importance of performing a print optimization to determine the prepress requirements, ink densities and press settings prior to fingerprinting. See what consumables were selected for the project, the attributes that led to their selection and how they performed on press.

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4

Rounding the Curves

Fingerprinting, whether following Near-Neutral Calibration (NNC)/G7 or traditional Tonal Value Increase (TVI), documents the press’ conditions and the resulting print quality across the web under stable and repeatable conditions. The end result of the fingerprint creates compensation curves. Hear an explanation of the two fingerprints and the differences between them, then watch a live demonstration of a fingerprint run on a virtual press. Discover how the fingerprint data is used in prepress and where the curves are applied in the RIP.

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5

Taking a Process Control Lap

The end result of color management is a color profile. The color profile is generated through the characterization run; however, the data from the fingerprint needs to be verified at the same time. Taking a “process control lap” combines these two pieces for consistency and repeatability. Learn how utilizing a printer’s control target to print back to the values obtained during the fingerprint can enhance the quality of the characterization run. We’ll explore how ICC profiles are used in prepress across all devices. And then we’ll fire up the virtual press and perform the characterization run while printing back to values on the adjusted printer’s control target.

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6

Finding and Training Tomorrow’s Workforce

How do we find and retain the men and women of tomorrow’s flexographic production workforce? And once we do, how do we instill in them the technical knowledge needed to excel and become valuable production members of their companies? Over the past year, FTA has been conducting an industry-wide workforce study to identify why it has become so challenging to not only attract production workers to our industry but also to retain them. We will end the day with a summary of this study’s findings and the actionable items derived from it. Then, educators from a pair of FTA member technical educational institutions will discuss how their programs attempt to address those findings.

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7

Tuning-Up the Process

Process improvement is often overlooked but plays a vital role in enhancing your print processes. There are many different process improvement methodologies used in manufacturing today. Throughout the entirety of the conference project, we utilized FIRST methodology; in doing so, we have generated a large amount of usable data. We will take a look at several process improvement methodologies specific to flexography and put one to the test by taking a deep dive into that data and determining what we could have done differently to add value to our process.

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8

The Winners Circle

Let the celebration begin! The optimization was successful. The curves are in place. Our printer’s control target is set. We have a profile. It’s time for production. We end Fall Conference 2019 by putting the virtual press into production mode and producing live the final piece. With samples in hand, we will examine the challenging print components—once considered too difficult for flexography—while discussing the techniques used today.

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More Information About Fall Conference 2019

Tabletops

An intimate setting to see the latest products and services, and to make lasting industry connections.

Tabletop Info

Hotel

Book your stay at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel and get a discounted rate with FTA’s room block.

Hotel Info

Schedule

Plan your time in Charlotte with eight technical sessions and multiple networking opportunities.

Schedule Info

Tabletops

An intimate setting to see the latest products and services, and to make lasting industry connections.

Tabletop Info

Hotel

Book your stay at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel and get a discounted rate with FTA’s room block.

Hotel Info

Schedule

Plan your time in Charlotte with eight technical sessions and multiple networking opportunities.

Schedule Info

Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

Fall Conference 2019 Sponsor Logos Phoseon Technology

Package & Item Sponsors

Fall Conference 2019 Sponsor Logos Anderson & Vreeland
Fall Conference 2019 Sponsor Logos Daetwyler
Fall Conference 2019 Sponsor Logos Harper Corporation of America
Fall Conference 2019 Sponsor Logos Koenig & Bauer
Fall Conference 2019 Sponsor Logos Windmoeller Hoelscher