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Running to the Winning Numbers

Session 2 of Fall Technical Conference 2024.

Monday, October 7

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Milan Ballroom

About This Session

This session will cover the processes to get to the numbers, how to use the numbers in normal production and the tools needed for the process.

Presentations & Speakers

headshot Steve Smiley

Defining the Starting Points

Steve Smiley, Principal at SmileyColor & Associates

Presentation Details
Speaker Bio

About This Presentation: Flexography is not a plug-and-play process! Without careful calibration and optimization, the process can quickly become out of control. Join Steve as he outlines the starting points for successful process color output.

About Steve: Steve Smiley is a 40-year print, premedia and branding solutions veteran. He is one of North America’s foremost color experts, with knowledge of how to apply color management tools and techniques for color accuracy and consistency. ISO standards combined with better communication between brands and suppliers helped to reduce waste and downtime by 35%.

Steve is the co-chair of CGATS, convener of TC/ISO/WG2, and expert in WG3, WG4, WG11, and WG13. He is an ICC member, FQC Executive Committee member for FTA, and an Advisory Board member for Clemson University. In 2017, Steve was inducted into the FTA Hall of Fame; he is also a recipient of the Holzinger Award, FTA President’s Award, and Clemson Top Cat Award.

headshot Kim Madigan

Applying the Data

Kim Madigan, Madigan Print Consulting

Presentation Details
Speaker Bio

About This Presentation: What do we do with all this data? Now that we have defined our starting points we have generated a ton of data. Join Kim as she demonstrates how to create curves from the optimization and the fingerprint data.

About Kim: Kim has over 30 years of print experience. Her experience and knowledge have come from working for printers. Her duties have included management of the graphics and plate departments, job planning, calibration, optimization, and implementation of the color control processes, standard work development, and employee training. She has led teams in systems development and implementations to reduce touchpoints and errors. She was an early adopter of FIRST and FIRST certifications and has led certification of multiple plants.

She has served on the FTA Board, is a member of the Membership Committee, is the chair of the FIRST Committee, has served as a judge for the Excellence in Flexography Awards Judging Competition for many years, and now serves on the Judging Competition Committee for Narrow Web.

headshot Jinkai Qian

Production by Numbers

Jinkai Qian, Application Manager at Techkon USA

Presentation Details
Speaker Bio

About This Presentation: The key to successful color reproduction is consistency and repeatability! Using the right tools press side to measure and monitor production is essential. Join Jinkai as he demonstrates the use of press side color measurement tools to prove our process is under control.

About Jinkai: Jinkai Qian joined Techkon USA in 2015 as an application engineer providing consultation, training, and technical support to clients globally. His goal is to bridge the gap between brand and print supplies for efficient communication and color fidelity. He is actively involved in the company’s research and development projects. He is the author of several TAGA papers and member of FTA’s FQC Committee. Jinkai holds a master’s degree in print media from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Why Don’t My Numbers Match?

Steve Smiley, Principal at SmileyColor & Associates

Kim Madigan, Madigan Print Consulting

Jinkai Qian, Application Manager at Techkon USA