CPP EXPO Conference Agenda Covers the Industry

CHICAGO, IL | CPP EXPO returns to Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 13–16, 2015, co-located with GRAPH EXPO. CPP EXPO organizers H.A. Bruno reports a full conference program will accompany the show. Below is the full agenda:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

C01 Slitting and Rewinding 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Room 504C

Presented by: CEMA Fundamental Seminars, AIMCAL—This seminar is said to be ideal for anyone involved with the slitting and rewinding operations for paper, film, nonwovens and other continuous flexible materials. The people who design and manufacture slitting and rewinding equipment will take you step by step through the best practices techniques in such areas as winding, slitting, cores and cutting, retrofitting, chucks, shafts, spreading, and guiding.

C02 Coating and Drying - Meet the Experts

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Room 504D

Presented by: CEMA Fundamental Seminars, AIMCAL—This seminar takes attendees through the web coating operation from unwind to rewind, with everything in between. The instructors are experts on their topics and present the fundamentals of coating and drying through engaging presentations. The presentations will include real world tips for improving productivity, reducing downtime and waste and increasing yield and throughput.

C03 New Options for Inkjet Package Printing

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Room 505A

Presented by: Jeff Wettersten, President, Karstedt Partners—Discover the various inkjet options for small- and production-run package printing. New developments for direct print and preprinted liners are being developed creating and exciting options for personalization and product tracking. These developments meet or exceed flexo and litho label print quality while taking less time and effort to produce than traditional methods. If you are looking or just curious, this program will open your eyes to the benefits and options of inkjet for packaging.

C04 Successful Shrink Film Printing for the CPG

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Room 505A

Presented by Tim Ferons, Sales & Marketing Director, Traco Packaging

C05 Advances in Food Package Printing with Inkjet: Aqueous Inks

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Room 505A

Presented by: Dene Taylor, PhD, Principal and Founder, SPF-Inc.—Digital printing of food packaging has been handicapped by concerns of chemical migration from colorants such as inks and toners, limitations in speeds and widths, and difficulties integrating the directly into full converting lines. The key components of inkjet printing have been modularized and are provided by specialist vendors directly to the analog printing OEMs. This has transformed a number of industrial markets, in great part because for these OEMs development is merely using a different print engine—they know the material handling, the industry and the applications. Additionally, some of the vendors for thin films also know how to dry water-based inks and coatings on typical flexible packaging substrates—comparatively plain impervious films. Aqueous inkjet inks also have fewer limits meeting indirect food contact regulations, even for dairy. Some have even been formulated for printing on food. The ramifications of these game changing developments will be described.

C06 The New Success Model: Coordinating Promotion from Computer to Print to Packaging

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Room 505A

Presented by: Vince Cahill, President, VCE Solutions—The value of print is shifting from providing information to performing marketing, product promotion and security. This seminar will examine new business models and technologies producing sustainable profits and success in the changing print world. It will provide incite into the new digital technologies that are helping print businesses succeed. It will describe print applications with the greatest potential. Based on current success examples, it will detail the steps to success. In addition, it offers projections of the growth of digital print for packaging.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

C07 Flexo Unraveled

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Room 504C

Presented by: Catherine Haynes, Technology Solutions Group, All Printing Resources—This program dives into the intricacies of the Flexo process and how it compares to other print processes. Discussions will include a detailed review of Flexo terminology, variables, challenges and benefits. We will explore recent improvements and Flexo technologies that have advanced the quality of Flexo print to rival that of Gravure and Offset. Finally, we will review the process control protocol in each phase of the production workflow (prepress into the press room) and the tools needed to ensure Flexo quality success.

C08 Process Color Printing & G7 - A Flexo Perspective

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Room 504D

Presented by: Catherine Haynes, Technology Solutions Group, All Printing Resources—This program will start with a basic review of color concepts, terminology and measurements. We will then explore the ins and outs of process color printing, to include both four-color and seven-color process printing. Discussions will include the G7 methodology and how it can benefit your process and bring different print segments to a common color appearance. We will also address the importance of process control in all phases of the workflow.

C09 Does 3D Printing with Inkjet Complement your Production?

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Room 505A

Presented by: Dene Taylor, PhD, Principal and Founder, SPF-Inc.—3D printing (more appropriately referred to as additive manufacturing) has caught the world's attention for both beauty and function. It can produce structures previously not possible, and for limited runs make in hours what conventional engineering usually requires days. Inkjet is remarkable in being suitable for the very small and the very large. With UV cure inks a sizable range of polymers suitable for replicating many molding processes are available. More are under development. Aqueous inks in combination with layered powders produce both positive and negative structures—the latter for casting molds. The range will be demonstrated with examples from art and industry. Like all manufacturing methods, production for sale by 3D printing must be accompanied by appropriate quality management. Replacement parts, for example, must perform comparably to the original. There are often dozens of man years of experience behind any item. The requirements for an operator to produce a quality item on the first attempt will be described.

C10 Adding Punch to Packaging with 3D Print & Enhancement

10:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Room 505A

Presented by: Vince Cahill, President, VCE Solutions—Competition for customer attention has stimulated the development of digital 3D enhancement methods for product packaging and printed advertising formats. The addition of 3D textures, finishes, metallic effects, and raised lettering and images capture and hold viewer attention and can convey the impression of higher product value. It can also produce Braille that complies with ADA requirements. This seminar will detail and evaluate the available equipment and systems in the market to digitally 3D enhance prints. It will also cite examples of where and how digital 3D enhancement technology is proving profitable.

C11 Intelligent Packaging: RFID Purity Sensors and More with Printed Electronics

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Room 505A

Presented by: Vince Cahill, President, VCE Solutions—This seminar updates developments in packaging markets and technologies employing printed electronic identification systems. It will examine what is driving the use of printed radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, printed packaging spoilage sensors and other printed electronic means for enhancing the functions of packaging. It will describe and compare the available methods for printing them, their functions and their limitations. It will provide estimates of their current use and project market adoption in the coming decade.

C12 Inkjet Technologies: Printing Substrates and Inks for High Performance Labels

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Room 505A

Presented by: Dene Taylor, PhD, Principal and Founder, SPF-Inc. and Vince Cahill, President, VCE Solutions—?Labels are a rapidly growing market for digital printing. Inkjet’s share is substantial and growing from continual development and evolution. Print head technology remains at the forefront, continually raising speeds and image quality. With modular assembly, width need no longer be a constraint. And it is frequently integrated into full multi function label production lines. Wider and faster machines allow new applications, which in turn require new substrates and inks. Demands of applications will be explained with examples drawn from both UV-cure and aqueous ink systems. The latter has been transformed by Memjet, for both productivity and cost.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

C13 UV/EB Printing for Food Packaging is Gaining Share

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Room 504C

Presented by: Dene Taylor, PhD, Principal and Founder, SPF-Inc. and Vince Cahill, President, VCE Solutions—Package printers know that converting is more profitable than printing. Maximizing printer efficiency will allow the operation to fully utilize converting. Ultraviolet or electron beam (UV/EB) ink curing supports this through reduced scrap, faster changeovers, and high reliability. Product directly off the press is dry and ready for converting, usually with excellent print quality. Additionally the inks are insensitive to water or solvent. Full coverage clear coatings may be used in place of lamination. Both UV and EB cure printing have important roles with food packaging, mostly for indirect contact, but with EB also some direct applications. Additionally, UV/EB cure has cost and sustainability advantages. This presentation will provide an explanation of why UV/EB is gaining share in this market. There will also be a discussion of why inkjet is poised to grow dramatically in this area, too.

C14 Direct Drive Technology for Performance Improvements in Printing, Coating, and Laminating

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Room 504D

Tom England, Market Development, Kollmorgen—Direct Drive servo technology is expanding in the print, coat, and laminating industry due to its superior performance over traditional geared and belted drive assemblies. This presentation will review the benefits of the technology and how it is applied to the Flexographic printing, Coating, and Laminating markets. These include maintenance free operation, better registration, smoother speed regulation, and fewer mechanical parts on a machine. Examples will be shown as well as the ability to take advantage of inertia mis-matches using direct drive technology.

C15 Flexo Printing, Gravure Coating, and Lamination – Static Control

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Room 505A

Presented by: Kelly Robinson, PE, PhD, Electrostatic Answers—Printing, coating and laminating labels and packaging presents unique static control challenges. Static sparks can ignite flammable solvent vapors in the printing and coating enclosures. Sparks after coating the thin silicone release liner can damage the coating and cause release failures. The static charges on the sealed “inside” surfaces of laminated webs are trapped and cannot be neutralized. So, static control for printers, coaters, and laminators has three primary goals. First, eliminate sparks. Second, laminate charge free webs. Third, wind a charge-free roll so that your customers have no static problems. In this presentation, I discuss the common sources of charging in typical printing and laminating operation. I review best practices for installing static dissipators to suppress sparks and wind charge free finished rolls. Finally, I present the measurements needed to verify good static performance and review static management procedures needed to insure good, long-term static performance.

C16 Single Pass UV/EB Inkjet Breakthroughs for Industrial Applications

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Room 504C

Presented by: Dene Taylor, PhD, Principal and Founder, SPF-Inc.—Modularization of the key inkjet components is opening up major markets to digital printing. And it is the traditional OEMs in those markets who are in the forefront. As they understand their customer requirements and are expert with the complete production line, their solutions are well design, efficient and encounter relatively few start-up issues. This presentation will describe how these non-traditional digital OEMs are incorporating inkjet, why UV cure is taking a major share, and describe how electron beam (EB) cure is poised to expand the opportunities further. Examples will be drawn from printed electronics, labels, packaging, decorative laminates and more.

C17 REVO Digital Flexo: Next Generation Printing

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Room TBA

Presented by: Lance Shumaker, President, GIDUE—Three new technology breakthroughs are revolutionizing the flexo industry: 1) Full Digital press and pre press automation, 2) UV Flexo with full anti migration safety, and colour density in-line adjustment 3) Expanded Colour Gamut. Their optimized integration is supported by the REVO Team, which includes some of the major industry players in the flexo industry (DuPont, Esko, Flint, Apex, AVT, GIDUE, UPM Raflatac, Adare). Digital flexo is a true industry move which changes completely the former scenario of flexography: Digital Flexo is easy, with comparable flexibility and set-up times to digital printing. One minute for each complete job changeover. With repeatable quality, and the lowest running costs ever. The presentation will display the new REVO Digital Flexo technologies, with samples and graphs, shaped as a new vision for the next generation of label and packaging converters.

C18 Supplementing & Enhancing Flexography, Gravure & Lithography with Digital Print

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Room 505A

Presented by: Vince Cahill, President, VCE Solutions—Conventional analog printing methods, such as offset lithography, gravure and flexography, provide cost effective ways to print long print runs. Computer generated and communicated files and images, along with digital plate making have improved the cost competitiveness of analog print methods. In-line digital marking and coding have enabled personalization and customization of analog printed mailings and packaging. New single-pass now offer high-resolution enhancement of packaging and other print applications.

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