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Show Preview | IADD•FSEA Odyssey 2017 Serves Folding Carton, Corrugated Converters

Techshop simulates working production shop floor where technical sessions are taught on-press.

The International Assn. of Diecutting and Diemaking (IADD) and the Foil & Specialty Effects Assn. (FSEA) will present Odyssey 2017, an education and technology expo, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL, May 17-19. The event offers folding carton and corrugated converters targeted educational programming, equipment demonstrations, and social networking opportunities.

Organizers report nearly 100 exhibitors and more running machinery specific to the fields of diecutting/diemaking, foil stamping, and folding/gluing than any other North American tradeshow this year. Examples include foil stamping and diecutting presses; high-speed folder-gluers; auto benders; UV coating machinery; flat and rotary laser cutting systems; samplemakers; stripping pin insertion machines; routing systems; rotary converting platforms; mounting systems, and more.

The Odyssey's Techshop environment simulates a working production shop floor where technical sessions are taught on-press throughout the three-day event. Attendees discover practical solutions to everyday challenges from press operators who are experts in their field.

Equipment demonstrations are shown on large screens, and attendees wear special headsets to ensure they hear every word from the presenters over the noise of the machinery. Equipment suppliers will lead on-press demonstrations on topics ranging from laser cutter maintenance and makeready for difficult substrates to improving press productivity with automation.

To view the floor plan, click here

In the classrooms, programming includes PaperBoard 101, Registration Control on a Rotary Converting Platform, Packaging Design Considerations for Specialty Folder-Gluers, and New Foil Technologies: Cold Foil and Digital Inkjet. To see the schedule and topics, click here

Co-Located Events

Odyssey attendees can attend events hosted by Brandtjen & Kluge and Sakurai prior to the opening of the show.

Kluge User Group MeetingBrandtjen & Kluge will host a day-long Kluge User Group meeting on Tuesday, May 16. It will begin with a lunch buffet, followed by an afternoon of panel discussions, presentations, and user group sessions. Sessions will include case studies of challenging projects and a technology update on laser cutting and the integration to a digital workflow, as well as other networking sessions. Contact Pamela Vlasnik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-715-483-3265 for more information and to register for the Kluge User Group meeting. 

Sakurai Specialty Finishing Open HouseSakurai USA Inc. will hold a Specialty Finishing Open House for Odyssey attendees, vendors, and guests from 4–7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, at company headquarters in Schaumburg, IL. Sakurai will showcase UV specialty finishing applications applied by a screen printing method at speeds from 2,500-3,000 images/hr. The demonstration also includes setup and operation of a Sakurai Maestro MS102AII cylinder screen press and a Natgraph electronic UV drying/curing system. For more information, contact Brian Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-847-490-9400 ext. 206.

For more information, visit http://odysseyexpo.org.

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