FTA’s INFO*FLEX 2017 education and networking event set for May 1-2

The U.S.-based Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), producer of the largest annual gathering for the package printing and converting industry, will be presenting its 2017 Forum & INFO*FLEX at the Phoenix Convention Center, May 1-2. The Trending Now themed 2017 Forum will cover all current hot topics and technologies in the industry, with expansion into segments that are relevant to today’s business to help prepare attendees for future customer demands, said the organization. A total of 10 informative Forum Sessions will explore topics for both beginners and seasoned veterans. Presenters from leading organizations will discuss everything from industry data and disruptive technologies, to learning the basics. Forum sponsors – including Esko, Kodak, 3M, Anderson & Vreeland, DuPont Advanced Printing MacDermid Graphic Solutions, Polymount US, Sun Chemical and X-Rite – will share their knowledge about this ever-changing industry. Here’s a preview of what each day has to offer:

FQC Pre-Conference Session: #Research! – A session rich with data and reports collected by FQC project teams to help attendees become familiar with all the latest and shifting standards that affect the industry. Chair: Jean Engelke, RR Donnelley. Co-Chair: Pam Dorrough, 3M.

PJ Fronczkiewicz.
PJ Fronczkiewicz.

Flexo: Legals, Markets and Logistics – An in-depth look at the flexo market. Hear from experts on how to prepare for the nutrition facts label update and industry efforts to help guarantee compliance. Chair: PJ Fronczkiewicz, Flint Group. Co-Chair: Shawn Oetjen, Flexo Tech.

The “Press Crew” Crisis: Now Who’s Going to Run My Press? – What’s driving staffing shortages, particularly in flexographic printing? With projections about retirement and educational shifts, it’s time to capture the attention of the industry’s future generation, both male and female. Chair: Shawn Oetjen, Flexo Tech. Co-Chair: PJ Fronczkiewicz, Flint Group.

Disruptive Technologies: Embrace the Possibilities – There are inevitable changes that go hand-in-hand with new technologies. Learn how to calibrate a digital press to a flexo press and the opportunities that come when transitioning between analogue and digital printing. Chair: Chris Baldwin, Nilpeter USA. Co-Chair: Paul Lancelle, Kodak.

Paul Lancelle.
Paul Lancelle.

It’s All About Ink! – Discover best practices mixing analogue and digital equipment, specialty LED curing ink, specialty coatings, enhancing metallic inks, and ways to simplify building a ‘scorecard’ strategy. Chair: Paul Lancelle, Kodak. Co-Chair: Chris Baldwin, Nilpeter USA.

Let’s All Get RIPed: Practical Prepress – Explore all there is to know for having an effective workflow. Bring colour to the beginning of process. Effectively convert colour to prepress and press using diverse output needs. Chair: Julian Fernandez, Esko. Co-Chair: Greg Horney, Frankston Packaging.

Pressroom Pressures – Improving processes, reducing waste, maintaining profitability and remaining competitive. They all require one action – continuous evaluation. Take a look at techniques and perspectives that work. Make a positive impact on your business today. Chair: Greg Horney, Frankston Packaging. Co-Chair: Julian Fernandez, Esko.

Corrugated Direct Print – The Future is Now! – Subjects range from how to produce award-winning work using old equipment, to digital print technology and what the future holds for the industry. Chair: Jack Fulton, Printron. Co-Chair: Geoff Roznak, Great Northern Corp.

Not Only How to Use, But How to Choose: Flexo Consumables 101 – Ideal for attendees looking to gain a better understanding of inks, anilox rolls, flexo plates and cultivating effective processes for pressure-sensitive adhesives. A great refresher session for the experienced as well! Chair: Keith Nagle, Nilpeter USA;.Co-Chair: Brad Gasque, DuPont Advanced Printing.

Paul Teachout.
Paul Teachout.

Optimizing for Production Performance: Flexography 102 – Generate award-winning products with the correct methods to heighten your workflow. Take a walk through an actual press optimization trial. Analyze, measure and choose the best combination of print variables for optimal output. Chair: Brad Gasque, DuPont Advanced Printing. Co-Chair: Keith Nagle, Nilpeter USA.

Celebrating its 35th year, the growing INFO*FLEX 2017 show floor will bring together thousands of attendees for a combined nine hours of exhibit time at the Phoenix Convention Center, May 1-2. The event is chaired by industry experts Paul Teachout of Nilpeter and Bob Coomes of Plastic Packaging Technologies. For more information please visit www.flexography.org.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.