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Flexographic Printing Best Practices January Brings Rave Reviews

Friday, February 28, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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February 28, 2020 – AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, recently hosted Best Practices for Flexographic Printing: Raising the Standard, for a sold-out crowd at the PrintCon Center at Clemson University in Clemson, SC.

Over two days, participants received intensive training on producing clean solids and line work as well as halftones and spot colors. Using classroom learning and time on press attendees tackled many typical troubleshooting issues, including dot gain, die-cutting, and proper graphic design for corrugated. Ink was a topic that was also returned to several times.

The focus of seminar facilitators, Kern Cox, a lecturer at Clemson University and Dr. Scott Ellis, Ed.D., Principal, Working Well LLC, is two-fold, taking the “art process,” the process of putting artwork on corrugated, and helping participants make it into science, with repeatable outcomes; and expanding attendees’ horizons and showing them what else is possible in their field.

Many industry experts were invited to share their experience and knowledge.

Roger Poteet, President, Poteet Printing Systems, opened the first day of training by offering an overview of the packaging landscape, sustainability, threats, and opportunities in the industry and e-commerce. On the second day, he offered an ink presentation and demonstration that impressed the attendees.

Ronnie Scogin, Applications Development Specialist, MacDermid Graphics Solutions, offered his knowledge on print plates. Discussing color theory was Norm Uress, Color Measurement Expert, Measure Color, Inc.

Kevin Atchley, Technical Project Manager, Southern Graphic Systems, explained Press Characterizations and Fingerprinting.

Jonathan Dunlap, Product Manager – Graphics, WestRock, shared feedback on substrates.

John Rastetter, Sales and Marketing Flexo, Pamarco, offered valuable information on the entire ink system, anilox rolls, performance, and maintenance.

The time on press allowed attendees to see impression setting and registration, evaluation of the print, processing color live, then ask questions about targets, measurement, adjustment, and more.

More information about upcoming seminars can be found at www.aiccbox.org/calendar. Questions about seminars or webinars and the value a well-trained workforce brings to a company can be directed to Taryn Pyle, Director of Education & Leadership Development, tpyle@aiccbox.org, or Chelsea May, Education and Training Manager, cmay@aiccbox.org or 703.836.2422.