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Session

Nuts and Bolts of Your Flexographic Workflow

Wednesday, May 8

10:30 a.m. – Noon

City Beautiful Ballroom

About This Session

The flexographic printing process is a complex interplay of various components—plates, inks, tapes, anilox rolls—each contributing to the final print outcome. Through interactive discussions, the interdependencies among the elements will be illuminated all while exploring scenarios where decisions regarding one aspect can trigger a chain reaction affecting others.

Develop a grasp of the complexity of the flexographic puzzle and leave with a heightened awareness of the intricate web of interactions. Be equipped to consider the broader implications of each decision and be better poised to optimize print quality, efficiency and consistency.

Presentations & Speakers/Panelists

Keara Wingert

The Pivotal Role of Plate Mounting Tape in Flexographic Printing

Keara Wingert, Regional Market Segment Manager at tesa tape

Presentation Details
Keara will be presenting insights on the pivotal role of plate mounting tape in flexographic printing. She will explore the often-overlooked role of tape in adapting to changing press conditions. Keara will share practical insights on optimizing processes through thoughtful tape selection, moving beyond the common practice of using plate mounting tape as a quick fix for print issues. Discover how intentional tape choices (paired with overall process improvement) can lead to improved results in flexographic printing.
Speaker Bio
About Keara: As the North American regional market segment manager for tesa’s Flexographic and Paper Division, Keara handles tesa’s product portfolio and strategies. With practical experience operating flexographic equipment and a technical degree in printing and publishing communications, she bring a down-to-Earth understanding to the role.
The Phoenix Challenge introduced Keara to flexography and taught her the technical and teamwork skills essential for success in this field. That’s when she truly fell in love with the industry. The constant learning and collaborative spirit of the industry makes each project a thrilling experience. In her professional journey, Keara emphasizes building relationships and learning from industry peers to contribute to future progress in the field.
Sean Teufler

The Impact of Anilox and Metering Systems

Sean Teufler, Technical Service Representative at Interflex and Precision Flexo & Gravure

Presentation Details
Sean will be fulfilling the role and explaining the contributions of the anilox and metering systems to speed increases, plate screen changes, and approaches to printing on unfamiliar substrates.
Speaker Bio
About Sean: Sean has 32 years’ experience in flexography and has been a frequent technical contributor to FLEXO Magazine and other trade publications. He participates in the FTA’s INFOFLEX Steering, Scholarship, and Excellence in Flexography Awards Committees. He is also a current FTA/FFTA board member.
PJ Fronczkiewicz

The Interaction of Plates and Prepress

PJ Fronczkiewicz, NA Manager of Technical Marketing & Service at DuPont Cyrel Solutions.

Presentation Details
PJ will be sharing his experience and thoughts on how plates and prepress interact with the other components of the flexographic process, and what key things to consider when the application changes.
Speaker Bio
About PJ: PJ is the NA manager of technical marketing and service for DuPont Cyrel Solutions, and a 1997 graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in graphic communications. During his 26 years of industry experience, he has also held positions providing technical support for anilox rolls and formulating flexographic packaging inks. PJ is co-chair of the FTA FIRST Committee, a member of the TLMI Technical Committee, and is a frequent speaker at FTA conferences and events.
Jim Felsberg

Solvent Inks for Flexographic Packaging

Jim Felsberg, Director of Product Management at Sun Chemical

Presentation Details
Jim will be discussing the updates on solvent flexographic packaging inks and how the inks interact with other parts of the printing process.
Speaker Bio
About Jim: Jim began his career with Sun Chemical in 1987 in the Daniel Carlick Research facility in Carlstadt, NJ. Throughout the last 33 years, he has worked in various liquid ink technical positions for Sun Chemical from formulator to technical director before transitioning into the product management role.
Zac Patterson

The Printer Perspective

Zac Patterson, Plate Technician at TC Transcontinental

Presentation Details
As an experienced printer, Zac will present the session’s panelists with an array with common issues found in pressrooms.
Speaker Bio
About Zac: Zac works on TC Transcontinental’s Manufacturing Excellence team, specializing in plate making, plate handling and on-press performance. He holds a degree in graphic communications from Clemson University and lives in Greenville, SC.

Session Chairs

Session Chair

Becky Bunch

Becky Bunch

MacDermid Graphics Solutions

Session Chair

Scott McLeod

Scott McLeod

TC Transcontinental