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Finesse Flexographic Printing

Tuesday, March 10, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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March 10, 2020 – AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is hosting Best Practices for Flexographic Printing: Raising the Standard, May 20-21, 2020, at the PrintCon Center at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. This course takes the challenges out of high-quality flexographic printing on corrugated substrates and combines classroom training with time on a press.

Matthew Boyes, Second Man Ward (RDC), C & D Display, who participated in this seminar previously said, “it was amazing to talk and listen to other attendees in the audience and find they are experiencing similar issues.”

AICC is currently offering a special rate of $895, a savings of $500, for those registering on or before Friday, March 20.

Over two days, participants receive intensive training on producing clean solids and line work as well as halftones and spot colors. Using classroom learning and time on press attendees tackle many typical troubleshooting issues, including dot gain, die-cutting, and proper graphic design for corrugated. Attendees will receive One Point Lessons and checklists to help them learn the concepts more deeply, gain experience building standard works, and return to their plants with tangible plans and Standard Operation Procedures to put what they learned into practice.

“I really enjoyed the press troubleshooting presentation as it was something I had not experienced before,” said David Duque, Lab Technician, Poteet Printing Systems, who attended the seminar in May.

Printing is an art and a science. 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.

Another past attendee, Adam Williams, Plant Manager, BCI, said, “I enjoyed the variety of the topics that were covered. Scott and Kern are very knowledgeable in their field. I liked the hands-on training and the opportunity to visit the Sonoco building.”

Kern is a lecturer in Clemson University’s Department of Graphic Communications, teaching undergraduate-level courses in all major printing processes, electronic pre-press, package printing technologies, and color management. Kern brings with him ten years of experience in professional education development, where he provided various training and R&D services through Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics. Kern has served the post-print corrugated, narrow web and wide web flexographic market segments as well as the offset lithography market segment. His professional and research interests span flexography, corrugated, color management, and technical training and human development in the packaging and printing fields.

Scott is a leadership and process improvement specialist who serves on AICC’s faculty to assist in building The Packaging School curriculum. Scott has served as a resource for the development of individuals, teams, and organizations as a consultant, teacher, psychotherapist, coach, and general manager in the packaging industry for two decades. His pragmatic approach focuses on making it easy to do the right things right.

Attendees are encouraged to make their hotel reservations at The Conference Center & James Martin Inn at Clemson University before the group rate deadline of Tuesday, April 21.

More information about this seminar can be found at 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,, or Chelsea May, Education and Training Manager, or 703.836.2422.