Labelexpo 2006 Conference Program

Tuesday Conference Program—Getting Lean

8:15–9:00 a.m.
Keynote presentation: The importance of the right packaging and labels design in today’s consumer marketplace. Speaker: Karim Rashid, designer, Karim Rashid Inc.

9:15–10:15 a.m.
Panel session: Success with Prepress—completing the digital workflow
State of the printing industry

  • Industrial label production: What is it and what are the benefits?
  • Future growth drivers and market opportunities
  • Meeting the demands of a globalizing economy
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Applying the lean culture
  • How to become a lean flexographic converter
  • Applying lean principles can drive cultural change in aspects of your business
  • Lean operations before and after the press cell
How converters are using digital printing today and what’s on the horizon
  • How much is being produced and for which verticals?
  • What converters are using—adoption rate by converter segments
  • What to expect—a snapshot of daily operations and performance of the average full-color digital press
  • The need for variable data printing is emerging for track ’n trace and brand protection and promotion purposes
  • What’s new with suppliers
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
A supplier perspective on lean operations
  • How working with your supplier can help you achieve a lean environment
  • How to reduce inventory costs, elimin-ate waste, and improve throughput
  • Quality improvements and how those benefit the converter
Servo-based narrow web presses: Am I getting the shaft?
  • What are servo motors?
  • How do servos achieve their superior precision?
  • What is involved in selecting the correct servo for a press application?
  • How are servos applied to existing technology?
  • How are servos applied to new press designs?

Wednesday Conference Program—In Your Operations
8:00–9:00 a.m.
Improve gross margin in an environment of overcapacity
  • Real-world business success
  • Program that will work for those willing to change their thinking
  • How to capture data that will lead to making the right decision for your business
9:15–10:15 a.m.
How will sustainable packaging affect your business?
  • What is sustainable packaging?
  • What are some concerns regarding adhesives?—PSA and EBA issues
  • Status of environmentally benign adhesives in government and industry
  • Sustainability in the label and shink film industry
  • The impact of the Wisconsin legislation on our industry/li>
Selecting and implementing an ERP system—practical steps to maximize your chances of success
  • The selection and implementation of an ERP system
  • Why bother? Benefits, selection methodology, types of vendors
  • Practical case studies
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Global label perspective
  • “Low hanging fruit”—opportunities in developing markets
  • Building partnerships—becoming a global player
  • Outsourcing—threats and opportunities
Creating leaders and empowering employees
  • Characteristics of today’s leaders
  • The importance and development of front-line supervisors
  • How communication and involvement empower employees
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Anti-counterfeiting labeling and packaging

  • Counterfeiting of consumer goods will reach unprecented levels
  • $35 billion in counterfeit drugs: opening the door for bioterrorism in the US
  • Profit from counterfeit products is traced to organized crime and terrorists
  • Counterfeiting is stealing, and violators must be prosecuted
  • Witness new technology to invisibly authenticate merchandise and track and trace individual items
Behind the label—key trends and insights
  • Learn key consumer goods industry trends and specific needs of end-users serving those markets
  • Recognize the importance of packaging and label design to end-users, retailers, and consumers
  • Understand the end-user packaging and label selection process
  • Uncover key enablers of p-s technology
  • Identify and capitalize on situations conducive to adoption of p-s technology

Thursday Conference Program—RFID/Smart Label Technology
8:00–8:35 a.m.
Keynote address: Creating global standards—fact or fiction?
  • Meeting the global brand requirements on a universal tag—is this possible?
  • What value does the Gen 2 tag bring to the industry?
  • Looking at standards for HF and UHF Speaker: Mike Meranda, president, EPC global US
08:35–08:55 a.m.
How to future-proof your RFID program
  • Current capabilities needed for RFID tags and labels manufacturing
  • Investment options for converting equipment
  • Future possibilities for RFID converting equipment
8:55–9:15 a.m.
Evolution of converting equipment for RFID tags and labels
  • Current capabilities needed for RFID tags and labels manufacturing
  • Investment options for converting equipment
  • Future possibilities for RFID converting equipment
9:15–9:35 a.m.
In-line and off-line testing
  • Current requirements of end-use customers
  • Different options for in-line testing
  • Where off-line testing is required
9:50–10:10 a.m.
Challenges in manufacturing and selling RFID labels
  • How good are your RFID labels? (What is a good label and what is a bad label?
  • What are the challenges in manufacturing 100%-readable RFID labels?
  • Understanding how to specify your RFID labels properly
10:10–10:30 a.m.
Emerging markets in RFID
  • Current markets driving RFID label demand
  • Types of RFID labels and their applications
  • What markets will drive item level tagging?
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Panel session with all speakers

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