Why do we often see printers become masters of tinkering at press? Is there the expectation that the press operator must make every shop order a successful run? What if the focus of the expectations shifted to the press inputs, which include plate, ink and aniloxes, and are often the source of the need for manipulation?
On Monday, October 15, 2012, Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) will host a free pre-conference session during its 2012 Fall Conference, ‘Efficiency in flexography: connecting the dots’, being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Oct 15-17.
From 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, conference goers can join chairs Sean Teufler of Harper Corporation and Johnny Dye of Accredo Packaging as they explore the root causes of tinkering on press and emphasize where each department must focus its efforts to make the production area as efficient as possible.
‘If your press environment continues to be a catch-all for every problem, this session is perfect for you,’ said Dye. ‘You'll learn how adequate planning and process control is the key to press success, from the viewpoints of an ink technician and a printer.’
Teufler added: ‘For press operators to achieve the required efficiency in today’s competitive environment, they must further optimize their processes. The burden of plate, ink and equipment corrections must go back upstream to their root sources. We will focus on these concepts by identifying inputs, common problems the operator must address and also discuss the troubleshooting processes that must be in place.’
The Fall Conference features six sessions, an update on FTA’s Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC), two evening receptions and a table-top exhibition that runs concurrently with all breaks and meals.
Exhibiting companies include 3M, All Printing Resources, Anderson & Vreeland, Beta Industries, Braden Sutphin Ink Company, Color Resolutions International, CT Graphic Arts, DuPont Packaging Graphics, Eaglewood Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) / Foundation of FTA (FFTA) Technologies, Eastman Kodak, Esko, Flexocleaners.com, Flexo Wash, Flint Group, Harper Corporation of America, IST/ECO, Leader Engineering-Fabrication, MacDermid Printing Solutions, OEC Graphics, Paper Converting Machine Company, Screen USA, Ship & Shore Environmental, QuadTech, Tri-X and X-Rite.
Registration is now open. In addition to the free pre-conference session, each registrant receives a complimentary copy of the book ‘Set-up Reduction for Printers’, written by Dr Malcolm Keif and Kevin Cooper of California Polytechnic State University.
For more information on FTA’s 2012 Fall Conference and to register, visit the FTA’s website.