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Destination CPP EXPO: Solve Your Technical Questions

The Paper, Film & Foil Converter (PFFC) team has committed its technical resources to the Converting & Packaging Printing Expo's (CPP EXPO) educational conference program on September 8–12 with a lineup of 15 conference sessions featuring its talented expert contributors augmented by several additional guest speakers (and friends of PFFC). While you're at the show, also be sure to visit our booth #1581 to share your insight on features you'd like to see on the PFFC-online.com website.

But most important of all, make your trip to Chi-town worthwhile by addressing your technical concerns face to face with PFFC's technical consultants who have committed several days' worth of their time and expertise to address printing and converting topics at Chicago's McCormick Place venue.

Review the sessions below or a full description, visit the CPP EXPO Conference description, then Register Here to expand your technical proficiency in the following subjects:

C02 Process Troubleshooting: Web Technology and Six Sigma Methodology
Sept. 9: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Room 504D
Presented by: Mark Miller, Founder & CEO, Coating Tech Service, LLC

Six Sigma is a quality control system utilized for everything from discrete parts to organizational efficiency. The question is: How do you best utilize Six Sigma to reduce web defects?

C16 Extended Gamut Printing: Please Your Customers and Go Lean Too
Sept. 9: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Room 505A
Presented by: Dene Taylor, PhD, Principal and Founder, SPF-Inc.

Process color (CMYK) inks are unable to provide matches for some of the most popular and eye-catching colors. Spot colors require additional print stations, resulting in a large inventory of plates, cylinders, inks, a separate ink room, making ink adjustments to match colors, and increasing change over times with clean ups for each spot color. Today, extended gamut ink (ECG) offers far more advantages.

C01 Did Tension Control Mess Up My Registration?
Sept. 9: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Room 504C
Presented by: Timothy J. Walker, TJWalker + Associates

Many printed products have tolerances on color-to-color and print-to-cut machine and crossweb direction registration. There are at least six different ways to lose registration . . . .

C04 Tuning Up Your Nipped Rollers (To Increase Profits)
Sept. 9: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Room 504C
Presented by: Timothy J. Walker, TJWalker + Associates

Many value-adding processes of web handling are highly dependent on consistent performance of nipped rollers, including printing, laminating, winding, coating, embossing, and nipped driven rollers for tension control. When the nipped roll performs poorly, these processes suffer. . . .

C05 If Your Press Went to School, What Grade Would It Get?
Sept. 9: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Room 504D
Presented by: Henry B. Freedman, Editor, Technology Watch - Image Test Service Division

Find out what the new color assessment process is all about that's used for the Image Test Service (ITS) for press and process grading.

C08 Controlling Static in Winding Rolls and in Stacks of Sheets
Sept. 9: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Room 504D
Presented by: Kelly Robinson, PE, PhD, Electrostatic Answers

The most robust and least expensive way to control static is to dissipate static at the source so your customer can unwind a neutral roll. But how is this accomplished?

C09 Rheology/Slot Die Coating Technology
Sept. 9: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Room 505A
Presented by: Mark Miller, Founder & CEO, Coating Tech Service, LLC

To utilize a coating technology, analyze to determine best fit. A customized coating system yields a technical edge. Building the system from the material up to the process sets the stage for a high precision tool designed around the process needs. This material up building process begins with the rheology of the fluid. . . .

C07 3-Dimensional Digital Decorating for Packaging
Sept. 9: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Room 504C
Presented by: Vince Cahill, President, VCE Solutions

Learn about the effects promoted by Scodix, Indigo, Roland, NexPress, MGI, etc., that add third dimension structures to packaging materials.

C11 So, Should We Patent That?
Sept. 10: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Room 504D
Presented by: Kelly Robinson, PE, PhD, Electrostatic Answers

Ideas can also be property … “intellectual property.” From a “factory floor” perspective, consider the uniqueness and the detectability to help decide how to protect intellectual property.

C10 Wrinkle-Free Web Handling
Sept. 10: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Room 504C
Presented by: Timothy J. Walker, TJWalker + Associates

Product and process trends to thinner, wider, and stiffer materials can all push you over the cliff to high wrinkle waste. The solutions lie in understanding causes and remedies.

C13 Finishing for Digital Printing Presses
Sept. 10: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Room 504D
Presented by: Dene Taylor, PhD, Principal and Founder, SPF-Inc.

All the steps following printing can and should add value for the print purchaser and printer. All the finishing processes, from sheeting and binding to packing and addressing, are seeing continued integration with the printer itself. The variety of options raises the risk of unexpected incompatibility.

C17 Developments in Printing RFID Tags and Other Smart Packaging Solutions
Sept. 10: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Room 505A
Presented by: Vince Cahill, President, VCE Solutions

Discover what is driving the use of printed radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and other printed electronic means for enhancing the functions of packaging.

C03 Digital Printing for Packaging and Labels
Sept. 10: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Room 504D
Presented by: Dene Taylor, PhD, Principal and Founder, SPF-Inc.

Each variety of digital print has limitations that place restrictions on the markets that it can service properly. Available systems will be described and their performance in the segments for which they are suitable shall be covered. Some important comparisons with conventional printing will be included.

C18 Stop Telescoping Your Rolls
Sept. 11: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Room 504C
Presented by: Timothy J. Walker, TJWalker + Associates

For practical and aesthetic reasons, everyone likes rolls with a flush side wall. But winding is rarely perfect due to product and process variations. Learn the causes and remedies of the most common lateral roll errors.

C21 Causes and Remedies for Web Bagginess
Sept. 11: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Room 504C
Presented by: Timothy J. Walker, TJWalker + Associates

Web bagginess is a productivity and yield killer. Learn the common causes of temporary and permanent bagginess, how to reduce it, and how to open up your process window to reduce bagginess-related waste.


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