INFO*FLEX Solutions Theater

May 1-2, 2017 | Phoenix Convention Center | Phoenix, AZ

1:45 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
How Converting Waste and Line Efficiency Can Affect Your Company’s Bottom Line
Speaker: Tom Embly, Precision AirConvey Corp.

There are many direct impacts to your company’s bottom line that can be improved upon or completely eliminated, such as slower line speeds due to waste streams, winding, compaction and waste removal–even landfill size area. Join Precision AirConvey’s CEO Tom Embley and learn how to make changes that increase productivity while improving your bottom line.


2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Color in Packaging: When More of the Same Isn’t Good Enough
Speaker: Mark Gundlach, X-Rite Pantone 

Are you constantly challenged to improve processes and efficiencies in the face of unrelenting pressure to compress manufacturing time? Are consumer purchasing trends further compounding the pressure as brands look to you for improved and faster execution, as well as innovation?
Join X-Rite Pantone to gain the following knowledge and know-how to become a leader in the competitive converting marketplace by delivering better quality packaging, faster, and staying one step ahead of your clients and competition:


2:35 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Print Contrast – The Secret Weapon to Jaw- Dropping Shelf Impact
Speaker: Alexander James, Kodak

 Contrast and flexo are two words that have never before been used together.   Without contrast, packaging lacks the vibrancy, shadow and highlight image detail that is necessary for products to jump off the shelf.  Attend this session to discover how the Kodak Flexcel NX System produces contrast utilizing its revolutionary technology, the NX Advantage.  We’ll share how the NX Advantage holds the smallest dots, produces 99 percent reverses, expands the tonal range and more!  After the session, visit Kodak at booth #601 to view comparisons that prove why the NX Advantage is flexo’ s secret weapon. 


3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Locking In on Color Targets
Speaker: Jim Felsberg, Sun Chemical Corp.

Color has been important for centuries but in today’s fast paced consumer landscape, color can convey more than graphic images–it can be the very essence of the brand’s identity.  Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) printing allows printers and brand owners alike to lock in on their brand color equity and help pressroom operators to streamline their printing process.  Color can denote the freshness of an item or a leading brand versus the competitive products.  This presentation will explore the inputs and measurement systems using ECG inks.


3:25 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Continuous Innovation: The Latest Flat-Top Dot Technology Developments
Speakers: Ryan Vest, Brian Cook, MacDermid Graphics Solutions

 A brief review of MacDermid’s LUX® Flat-Top Dot strategy and how the most recent developments within that technology platform are providing innovative solutions for flexo printers.


3:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
The Significant Impact of Reduced Plate Impression
Speaker: Rick Pomerenka, Printron

The key to quality flexo printing has always been to ink the plates and transfer the ink to the substrate with the least amount of impression.  Over impression causes all kinds of issues, including: dirty printing, distortion of images, poorly reading bar codes, poor color to color register and just generally poor looking graphics. Although some substrates require additional impression, Printron’s proprietary Quantum Digital FMD Sheet Photopolymer conforms to the print surface, allowing better ink transfer and enhanced image reproduction. It allows you to print with more impression without adversely affecting dot gain.


4:15 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.
The Choice is EASY: DuPont Cyrel EASY EPC Delivers High Quality
Speaker: Bob Hannum, DuPont Advanced Printing

Last year, DuPont Advanced Printing announced the launch of the newest addition to the DuPont™ Cyrel® EASY plate platform, DuPont™ Cyrel® EASY EPC, developed especially for the post-print corrugated market. Learn more about how customers are simplifying their plate making workflow and seeing improved print results, particularly, a reduction in fluting.  Cyrel® EASY EPC delivers the highest quality image reproduction while minimizing the fluting effect when printing on a wide variety of corrugated boards

4:40 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.
The True Value of the Right Anilox Cleaning Regime
Speaker: Chris Jones, Alphasonics

1:45 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
A&V, Intro to Our Emergent Technology—Digital Portfolio
Speaker: Jeff Skolnik, Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.


2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Pinning Technology: Helping Converters Produce Faster, Better & Cheaper
Speaker: Dieter Niederstadt, Asahi Photoproducts

Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer is a unique Asahi plate technology that is specifically engineered to transfer all remaining ink to the print substrate, due to the photopolymer plates having a lower surface energy. Not only does this deliver stunning graphic quality, but it also improves overall production efficiencies (OEE)! Due to reduced make-ready waste, fewer plate changes and fewer press wash-ups are necessary. This technology also ensures the precise plate-to-plate registration required to effectively employ the expanded gamut (7C) printing process.


2:35 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
The Polymount Film Cleaner: The Next Big Thing
Speaker: David Zeh, Polymount US 

The first machine that removes ink from printed material and enables you to print on it again. This presentation will reveal how you can significantly reduce your start-up waste with the Polymount Film Cleaner! 


3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
When Digital? When Flexo? When Hybrid?
Speaker: Matt Condon, Domino

There are many label printing solutions in the marketplace today…digital…flexo…a hybrid of the two.  So, which is the right label printing solution for you?  We’ll take a look at the applications, the technology, and the scenarios that help you determine which is the best fit for your business.  Please visit us in booth 715 for additional information or if you have any questions.


3:25 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Maximize Your Profitability & Printing Capabilities with Self Wound Overlams
Speaker: Howard Shen, QSPAC Industries, Inc.

This presentation will focus on the many advantages of self wound overlaminates in today’s competitive marketplace.  Cost effective and easy to use, self wound overlaminates are meeting the ever-increasing demands of label printers worldwide.  Learn how self wound overlaminates are manufactured and how the wide variety of film substrates, film gauges, adhesive thicknesses and surface coatings means there is a product to fit virtually every label and flexible packaging application facing flexographic and digital printers today.


3:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Reducing Environmental Impact of Packaging with Eco-Friendly Inks
Speaker: Dr. Greg Pace, Sun Chemical Corp. 

Confused by terms like: bio-renewable; bio-degradable; bio-friendly; sustainable; green, eco-friendly, etc.?  This presentation will look at the situation from a regulatory perspective. Delve into how the selection of raw materials for packaging inks and how they are manufactured, used, and disposed of, minimizes environmental impact.  Complaint packaging ink falls under what EPA designates as “Greener Living.” This discussion on reducing the environmental impact of packaging with eco-friendly inks, will assist flexo printers in better understanding the implications throughout their supply chain.


4:15 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.
Packaging and the Ever-Changing Consumer
Speaker: Scott Thompson, Southern Graphic Systems (sgsco)

The world is changing and digital technologies are impacting how consumers buy, interact and view the package.  Whether it’s direct engagement with the package itself, or new ways of shopping, the package remains at the center of the brand. What are these changes?  How can the packaging industry keep pace in this ever-changing environment?  This presentation will talk about the current and emerging technologies and look at how the package, E commerce and consumer engagement, all come together to inspire the purchase and delight the consumer.

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