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Color: Everything About Color!

Session 3 of Fall Technical Conference 2024.

Tuesday, October 8

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Milan Ballroom

Session details coming soon.

About This Session

Meet the team behind the conference print project as they discuss its components and the tools used for proofing and production.

Presentations & Speakers

What’s Wrong with My Color?

Sean Teufler, Technical Service Representative at Interflex Laser Engravers

Keith Nagle, Technical Services Manager NA at Flint Group

Catherine Haynes, VP of Strategic Initiatives at All Printing Resources

Presentation Details
Speaker Bios

About This Presentation: “What’s wrong with my color?” must have been asked a million times over and the roots of it start in the preparation of the anilox in condition and specification, inks in terms of pigment selection, color strength, formulation skill and proofing capability. Ultimately, the goal is a correct and consistent color at a printable viscosity.

About Sean: Sean has 32 years’ experience in flexography and has been a frequent technical contributor to FLEXO Magazine and other trade publications. He participates in the FTA’s INFOFLEX Steering, Scholarship, and Excellence in Flexography Awards Committees. He is also a current FTA/FFTA board member.

About Keith: Keith is a well-rounded converter consultant with more than 29 years of successful experience in international print applications. Recognized strengths in business development, flexo and digital print technologies, pressroom troubleshooting, account transition, operator training, product development, color control, and new applications development. Including in-depth knowledge and experience with UV inks (inkjet, flexo, screen, letterpress/offset), water-based inks (inkjet, flexo and gravure) and solvent inks (flexo and gravure).

About Catherine: Catherine Haynes is the VP of strategic initiatives for All Printing Resources. She has more than 28 years of experience in the printing industry, has been a certified G7 Expert for over 15 years, and is a certified FIRST Implementation Specialist. She facilitates various customer projects related to training, characterizations, prepress and pressroom assessments, color management, digital workflows, platemaking and implementation or expansion of in-house prepress capabilities. She also coordinates and conducts industry online and in-person training programs and has been a regular speaker/chair at FTA, Clemson, TLMI, FLAG and other industry events.

headshot Steve Smith

Navigating the Evolution: Modern Flexography vs. Traditional Practices

Steve Smith, Principal Consultant at Miraclon

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Speaker Bio

About This Presentation: The flexographic industry has changed drastically over the last two decades, with some companies embracing the changes and others sticking to tried-and-tested traditional practices. This presentation aims to explain the differences between “modern flexo” and “traditional flexo” for all participants involved, along with the drivers and economics behind the transition slowly moving through the global industry.

Join Steve as he delves into the current business environment, where economic constraints, tight deadlines, sustainability imperatives, and shortages of skilled personnel have placed significant strain on those adhering to traditional practices. Consequently, there is a growing need to shift from an “art” based process to an efficient manufacturing process.

About Steve: With over 40 years of experience in the printing industry, Steve has been involved at the leading edge of most of the technologies that have transformed the printing industry over that time, particularly from the color reprographics side. Over the last decade, he has been involved in the packaging sector with Miraclon’s Flexcel plate technologies.

Steve is engaged with the Advanced Print Applications division of Miraclon, headed by Dr. John Anderson, with a focus on defining and implementing modern flexo practices across the region.