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Narrow Web Flexible Packaging Summit

Explore the challenges printers face today

Narrow-Web flexible packaging is one of the fastest growing markets in the flexo industry. This 1-day summit, industry experts will address key issues converters face, as identified in a recent survey of this market.

Sessions will target topics including:  web tension and registration, ink adhesion, prepress and plate issues, color control, print consistency, web temperature, and a live flexible packaging press run.

Narrow Web Survey Results Overview - Jennifer Dochstader and David Walsh, LPC
APR recently conducted an extensive market research initiative targeting the U.S. narrow web flexible packaging market. We’ll present our results and discuss the most critical issues faced by narrow web converters today.

Press Dynamics Impacting Production Consistency and Efficiencies - Dario De Meo, Bobst
What are the critical aspects for registration? We will examine common narrow-web pressure-sensitive materials and solutions for improved tension as well as unique temperature control solutions on press. We’ll explore new innovations in press configurations for the label market and LED curing.

Best Practices for Preparing Film Stock for Ink Adhesion - Todd Krupa, Enercon
We will provide valuable insights into the corona treating process including which applications require it, which films benefit from it, and how you can eliminate surface energy as an operational variable.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
8:00 am registration / check-in
8:30 am first session begins

All Printing Resources
Corporate Headquarters

140 West Lake Drive
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

Open to all industry professionals.

Free for Printers and Convertors,
$75 for Suppliers and Vendors.
But you must register.
Seating is limited, register today!

Mechanics of Ink Adhesion - John Kilbo, Siegwerk
In addition to understanding the basics, this high-level discussion will include how ink adhesion is established on varying substrates, maintained in a press room setting, effective for quality control, and how it is interrelated with the final product. We will also cover aspects of UV LED technology and how it enhances adhesion at press speeds 40% higher than traditional mercury.

Best Practices for Prepress and Plate Consistency - Dan Muthig, APR
How do you know when print consistency is a result of prepress or the plates? What systems can you put in place to ensure consistency in the platemaking process? We will explore the measures required for optimization and testing, and what process control elements are needed to ensure plate consistency.

Fundamentals for Color Control and Print Consistency - Catherine Haynes, APR
We all understand any print system produces variability and changes in color. The focus of a good optimization process is to manage the variables to minimize that effect. It is commonly understood that any print system is going to have some degree of variability in quality and color. Print consistency and color control hinges on a sound optimization of all processes and then collecting reliable fingerprint and characterization data. We will review what it takes to bring it all together and ensure success.

What’s all the buzz about regarding LED? - Joel O’Leary, AMS Spectral UV
You’ve probably heard about LED energy curing – maybe even know a thing or two about it. But is LED just another passing fad, or is it the “real deal”? This session will shed some light on these topics and more as it relates to flexo printing, and possibly leaving you wondering if LED is your company’s next technology move.

Panel Discussion on What’s Trending - Moderated by Catherine Haynes, APR
Join all the speakers for an open panel discussion on trending topics for flexible packaging and narrow-web converters. Topics may include the migration to shorter runs, competition from wide-web printers and offset, expanded gamut printing, variable data, shrink, digital printing and other market trends.

Flexible Packaging Run - Dan Muthig, APR

8:00Registration / Light Breakfast
8:30Welcome / Survey Results
9:15Tensioning and Registration
10:15Ink Adhesion
11:15Prepress / Plate Issues
11:45Complimentary Lunch
12:30Color Control/Print Consistency
1:15Web Temperature
2:00What’s Trending
2:30BOBST Press Demo


We will be announcing
future dates soon.

Download - Narrow Web Flexible Packaging Summit flyer - Adobe Acrobat PDF, 202KB

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