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January 13
FTA’s Virtual Conference Center

Innovation, straight from the innovators.

Discover new solutions that fit customers’ needs, increase quality, improve workflows and strengthen business, at Virtual Innovation Central.

Listen to in-depth discussions of the game changing technologies shaping and defining modern-day flexographic printing. Hear specific applications and benefits that can be implemented immediately in your plant/facility. Ask questions and have them answered live by technical experts. Come away prepared to overcome challenges and accelerate your business’ growth.

Watch Virtual Innovation Central

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Cyrel® Lightning: LSH Plate – Solvent-Processable Plate for UV LED Exposure

Presented by Brad Gasque, DuPont Cyrel Solutions Technical Service Team

The adoption of the UV LED exposure units is increasing year over year due to the benefits this type of equipment offers, compared to conventional bank exposure systems. Standardization, consistency and higher quality are some of the claimed benefits converters and trade shops gain with this equipment. However, the two types of equipment operate differently, which can create a challenge for plate makers when using standard formulation plates. With this in mind, DuPont™ developed a new family of plates—Cyrel® Lightning—formulated for UV LED exposure from the ground up.

Join Brad to learn about the current challenge of working with LED exposures, and how this new plate, Cyrel® LSH, is enabling trade shops and printers/converters to achieve higher productivity and improved plate and print quality with the LED units.

Technology Innovations That Deliver Efficiencies and Impactful Packaging from Brand to Shelf

Presented by Brad Vette, Strategic Accounts Manager at Miraclon

Join Brad to learn more about KODAK FLEXCEL NX technology benefits and Miraclon’s recent innovation—PureFlexo Printing technology. PureFlexo Printing technology addresses and controls unwanted ink spread, creating a wider operating window by expanding the boundaries of flexography. Deliver impactful packaging from brand to shelf with optimized ink transfer, improved efficiencies and better productivity. Discover the latest flexographic packaging technology to accelerate your growth and deliver a better bottom line for your business.

A&V Digital/Equipment Portfolio – featuring Bieffebi Mounting Solutions

Presented by Jeff Skolnikas, Business Development Manager and Paul Teachout, Business Development Manager Narrow Web at Anderson & Vreeland

Anderson & Vreeland is a privately held company with more than 50 years’ experience providing unrivaled customer service to the flexographic printing industry. A&V has an extensive digital equipment portfolio that features Bieffebi mounting solutions.

Join Jeff and Paul as they showcase A&V’s Digital Equipment Portfolio and Bieffebi’s plate mounting solutions. Bieffebi’s attention to detail and absolute quality are what has made them present in more than 100 countries around the world today. With a range of products including its UNICA, AUTOMA, PLANUS and OMNIA lines, operators and converters will have solutions that account for their entire workflow operation.

About Our Presenters

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Brad Gasque, DuPont Cyrel Solutions

Brad graduated in 2011 from Clemson University with a B.S. in graphic communications, and then was hired at Clemson’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics. During his four years at Clemson, he managed the Advanced Print Technologies lab as well as managed R&D projects and taught for university classes and industry seminars. Brad joined DuPont Cyrel Solutions in 2015 as part of the Technical Service Team. He supports sales representatives and customers with troubleshooting plate/print issues, performing audits and conducting hands-on training.

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Brad Vette, Miraclon

Brad Vette, strategic accounts manager for Miraclon, has been involved in the packaging industry for more than 30 years, including trade shop management and converting. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and received his M.B.A. in marketing and finance from Baylor University. Brad has held positions in marketing, sales and operations management. His experience ranges from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial, family-run businesses. Currently, his responsibilities include business development support, channel management and new product commercialization. Brad can be reached at 920-420-2614.

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Jeff Skolnikas, Anderson & Vreeland

Jeff brings 25+ years of sales and management experience in flexible packaging, corrugated, bag, tag and label printing to his business development manager role for Anderson & Vreeland. A&V’s Digital Business Group provides flexographic and packaging printers with innovative solutions that are tailored to their specific applications. The Digital Business Group identifies the most effective & advanced technologies in our portfolio, educating our customers on how these products will improve their bottom line and seamlessly integrate these solutions into our client’s business.

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Paul Teachout, Anderson & Vreeland

Paul Teachout has been in the packaging industry for more than 35 years. Starting out in commercial offset, he moved to flexographic press manufacturing with Webtron/Aquaflex in 1985. Teachout has held numerous key positions including printing management, application specialists, sales management, engineering support, marketing and product development manager. Teachout currently holds the position of business development manager narrow web for Anderson & Vreeland. He is also active on numerous industry committees and college advisory boards, a member of the FTA Board of Directors/FFTA Board of Trustees and is an FTA Level 3 FIRST Implementations Specialist, was honored with the 2014 FTA Presidents Award, the 2017 TLMI Supplier of the Year and is the chairperson for the TLMI Annual Awards Competition.