- June 07, 2004, pffc-online.com
NEW YORK, NY, USA—To help converters, package printers, and their supply-chain partners achieve a more effective end-to-end workflow solution, organizers of CMM International have announced an expanded Digital Front End (DFE) Pavilion for the 2005 edition of the converting show.
According to CMM Show organizer Paperloop the DFE Pavilion will be themed “The World of Digital Workflow Solutions." Paperloop says the expanded Pavilion will serve as a “one-stop-shopping” oasis where converters and package printers from around the globe can discover all the latest products and technologies from the leading suppliers of digital equipment and services.
"New for the 2005 event will be a Solutions Theater, offering insightful presentations from leading industry experts on the major trends and hottest topics driving this rapidly expanding market segment," explains Paperloop. The Solutions Theater will cover such topics as:
- computer-to-plate (CTP) options and solutions for the offset, flexo, and gravure printing methodologies;
- color management for those who work in more than just CMYK;
- digital asset management;
- PDF workflows designed for packaging;
- proofing—digital, remote, and soft; and
- screening technologies.
“Regardless of what printing method a converter uses, DFE and workflow solutions are rapidly becoming a key component of many operations,” explains Kevin Karstedt, CEO of Karstedt Associates and the coordinator of the DFE Pavilion for CMM. “It is one of the fastest growing areas of the converting process because it can help decrease turnaround times for package printers by 40 percent or more.”
According to Paperloop, Karstedt believes effective end-to-end workflow solutions can reduce the time from proof approval to job-on-press in excess of 45%. He also predicts close to 20% of all high-end flexo package printing is now being produced using printing plates that have been imaged on a digital plate system.
The first DFE “resource center” debuted at CMM International in 1999 and, according to Paperloop, it became an instant success with many of the thousands of package printers who were exploring this new technology at that time.
"Since that time, the DFE area has grown to become a highly trafficked area where companies like Artwork Systems, Creo, Daetwyler, Esko Graphics, Kodak Polychrome Graphics, Sun Chemical, X-Rite, and many others have introduced new technology to the converting marketplace," adds Paperloop.
“We are using the DFE Pavilion and Workflow Solutions Theater as our model to launch a variety of process-focused areas on the show floor in 2005,” explains Ian Johnston, president of CMM. “Working closely with the leading trade associations, we will offer a series of special pavilions and solution theaters where converting professionals can test drive the latest products in the booths and then learn how they can implement specific solutions in the presentation theaters.”
Latin American Pavilion Debuts at CMM 2005
Among the other specialized pavilions at CMM will be the Latin American Pavilion, sponsored by the Latin American Printing Industries Confederation (CONLATINGRAPH).
According to Paperloop, this area of CMM will be comprised of 10 ft. x 10 ft. and larger booths arranged in a central location on the show floor. The Latin American Pavilion will feature converting machinery and materials suppliers from throughout South and Central America showcasing their latest products and technologies.
Built around a special hospitality/business center hosted by CONLATINGRAF, the Latin American Pavilion also will feature a large Brazilian Pavilion, adds Paperloop.
"The new Pavilion will not only provide Latin American converting machinery and materials suppliers with the opportunity to reach thousands of converters from around the world, it will also enable CMM participants to explore new importing and exporting ventures," states Paperloop's release about the pavilions' debut.
International Association Assembly
Also at CMM 2004, CONLATINGRAF in cooperation with ABFlexo, a leading Brazilian flexo association, will host the first Flexo General Assembly, a forum during which the leaders from six associations will meet to discuss future directions and initiatives. Other associations and their delegations participating in the General Assembly are ABIEA (Brazilian Label Association); ABIMAQ (Brazilian Machinery Association); ATM Flexo/FTA Mexico (Mexico Flexo Association); and FTA USA (Flexographic Technical Association).
Says CONLATINGRAPH president Max H.G. Schrapper, “We are excited about this new alliance with CMM International. It provides our member associations with a cost-effective opportunity to reach many new prospects from around the world in one location.”
Latin America Conference Sessions
In addition to a major presence on the show floor, CONLATINGRAF plans on conducting technical sessions through its educational division CIFAG (Central Inter-American Training & Development for the Graphic Arts Industry).
CONLATINGRAF will also participate in the Latin American importing and exporting opportunities sessions offered as part of CMM’s Conference Program, says Paperloop. The conference sessions will be offered in both Spanish and English with simultaneous translations.
Johnston says the Latin American Pavilion is part of the “re-energized” CMM strategy to offer specially focused areas at the event. Other planned specialized areas at CMM next year include:
- FTA (Flexographic Technical Association) Label and Carton area (flexography.org)
- PLGA (Packaging and Label Gravure Association; plga.com) sponsored gravure section
- AIMCAL (Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators; aimcal.org) Coating and Laminating area
Learn more about CMM 2005 at cmmshow.com.