CLEMSON, SC—On Feb. 6-7, an inaugural Future of Flexo event was hosted at Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics, presented by OMET Americas. The event centered around “New Year, New Technology” and was sponsored by industry print suppliers Eaglewood Technologies, Siegwerk, Phoseon Technology, Nazdar Ink Technologies, DuPont, Techkon USA, DBT Coatings and Harper Corporation of America.
The two-day event was created to showcase new and innovative opportunities for flexo printers/converters to consider for their 2019 budget spending and overall long-term cost savings. This first event included presentations on everything from the latest OMET press options, like a flexo/digital hybrid press created with Durst, to groundbreaking anilox cleaning techniques, digital flexo plate creation methods, UV LED coating and curing applications, and much more.
“The Future of Flexo event by OMET was a great event to showcase not only cutting-edge products from industry suppliers but also highlighted the amazing work going on at the Sonoco Institute,” said Peter Mulheran, vice president and general manager of Eaglewood Technologies. “To me, this event illustrated the importance of partnering industry events with future influencers. We look forward to contributing at the next event.”
OMET is a longtime partner of the Sonoco Institute, having placed one of their Varyflex narrow web presses in the Institute’s Advanced Print Lab for student education, research and industry training opportunities. OMET’s Future of Flexo program was designed to support university programs, like Clemson University’s graphic communications program, involved in training the next wave of leaders in the flexographic printing industry.
“The entire global OMET organization supported and watched this past week via multiple social media outlets, as a dedicated group of industry specialists gathered in Clemson, SC at Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute,” said Ron Hengst, South Eastern sales manager for OMET Americas. “Convertors from label and packaging groups as well as local custom shops and even future startup convertors joined us in reviewing product development and equipment improvement from our ten event partners.”
“You would never guess this was the inaugural OMET Open House Event at Clemson’s Sonoco Institute,” said FTA Manager of Training Services Duane Woolbright, who attended the event. “The program was not only well attended, but provided valuable insight on the latest press technologies from standard flexo to hybrid solutions. Moreover, the learning sessions were loaded with solid information on the flexo process in general, including strategies to optimize production from a wide variety of FTA member suppliers and content experts. It was a well organized and meaningful event worth attending even if you’re not in the market for a new press.”
OMET and the Sonoco Institute will continue to partner on these free open house events. Convertors thinking of where they are going find their next cost savings or quality improvement idea may be interested in attending a future event.