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Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), producer of the largest annual gathering for the package printing and converting industry, guarantees a bigger, better and more diverse INFO*FLEX than ever before.

As the INFO*FLEX Exhibition celebrates its 35th anniversary at the Phoenix Convention Center, May 1-2, 2017, attendees will experience an energetic convention hall filled with more than 240 of the industry’s top suppliers, thousands of solutions and 15 Solution Theater presentations. This event provides two days of intensive networking/learning activity and side-by-side comparisons of the latest technologies.



The Trending Now-themed 2017 Forum will cover all current hot topics and technologies in the industry, with expansion into segments that are relevant for today’s business and guaranteed to help prepare attendees for future customer demands. 

A total of 10 innovative Forum Sessions touch on topics for fresh-eyed beginners and seasoned veterans. Presenters from leading organizations discuss everything from industry data and disruptive technologies, to learning the basics and Forum sponsors including Esko, Kodak, 3M, Anderson & Vreeland, DuPont Advanced Printing MacDermid Graphic Solutions, Polymount US, Sun Chemical and X-Rite Inc. come to share their knowledge about this ever-changing industry.

Here is a sampling of what each day has to offer:

FQC Pre-Conference Session: #Research! – A session rich with real 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

Flexo: Legals, Markets and Logistics – In this 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 is 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 analog and digital printing. Chair: Chris Baldwin, Nilpeter USA; Co-Chair: Paul Lancelle, Kodak

It’s All About Ink! – Discover the freshest practices of mixing analog and digital equipment, specialty LED curing ink, specialty coatings, enhancing metallic inks, and ways to simplify building a score card 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 color to the beginning of process. Effectively convert color 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 discussion about 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

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

Registering before Mar. 24, 2017 will save you up to $350. Forum 2017 is chaired by industry experts, Paul Teachout, Nilpeter, and Bob Coomes, Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC. For complete details about the events visit http://www.flexography.org or contact Eileen Cosma, FTA marketing manager at 631-737-6020 ext. 30.



Monday, May 1                                 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Monday Evening Social                      6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2                                 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.



CRON-ECRM (Booth #218) will be promoting its HDI Flexo CTP product line. The HDI-Flexo CTP uses CRON-ECRM’s maintenance-free magnetic linear drive system, which is known for its ability to image accurately and with high-quality performance.

EyeC (Booth 917) will feature print inspection systems, including artwork proofing system EyeC Proofiler Content, which simplifies artwork revision and approval processes and secures print file quality. Helps users avoid product recalls, keep production costs and material waste in check, and optimize quality control.

Flexo Concepts (Booth #531) will feature its newest corrugated doctor blade, TruPoint Green, which is a good option for corrugated printers producing mid-high level graphics. The blade’s mechanical properties allow for optimized metering in the range of line screens between where UHMW is effective and steel is required.

Harper Corporation of America (Booth #600) will be exhibiting and delivering briefings on how Harper programs, services, surface technology, and engravings can enhance efficient print consistency and improve profitability.

INX Intl. Ink Co. (Booth 107) will launch INXhrc, an eco-friendly product line of high performance inks and coatings that allow flexographic and gravure printing on a wide array of end-use packages. The ink system was developed to replace petro-chemically derived ingredients with clean, renewable, and sustainable alternatives. 

Pamarco (Booth #304) will be showcasing their engraved anilox with EFlo technology. This engraving has proven to be a game changer for flexographic printers around the world. Also featured will be Pamarco’s renowned Absolute woven carbon fiber-chambered doctor blade systems and Inometa lightweight fiber composite components.

Phoseon (Booth #835) will showcase the latest UV LED curing solutions for printing applications. Phoseon LED technology is a perfect fit for printing applications due to the compact size, ease of integration, and high-intensity output achieved through optimized LED thermal management.

QuadTech (Booth #716) will conduct live demonstrations of its new ColorTrack ™ color management software. ColorTrack was launched at drupa 2016, along with the new Color Measurement with DeltaCam ™ and completely redesigned Inspection System.

Ship & Shore Environmental (Booth #205) specializes in the design and fabrication of air pollution capture and control systems for the flexographic printing industry and will talk to attendees about its environmental and energy solutions.

Sun Chemical (Booth #301) will introduce a new portfolio of eco-friendly inks and showcase how its coatings, inks and HD plate technology can produce packaging that pops off the shelf while enhancing pressroom efficiency.

X-Rite Incorporated (Booth #420) will demonstrate how the latest color management solutions help printers and packaging converters expand their print production capacity and improve productivity while meeting brand requirements.  X-Rite will also be presenting two sessions on how controlling color can help printers grow their flexographic businesses and drive more profitable performance.

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