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FQC: Research in Motion – Pioneering Solutions

   Tuesday, March 15

   10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

   Texas Ballroom

About This Session

The FQC session this year is focused on research in motion and opportunities for pioneering solutions for flexography.

The FQC Plate Life Indicator Project will present its results. The purpose of the project is to determine if a change in an easily measured property of surface-patterned plates can be used as a predictor of plate print performance.

Additionally, the recipients of the Rossini and Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarships will discuss the findings of their projects. Hear whether or not the flexographic process can be used to deposit advanced battery materials. Explore the possibilities of using a soy-based water ink for food package printing. Find out if low-volume anilox rolls paired with surface screening techniques can reduce the number of plates needed in the production process.

Lastly, the Phoenix Challenge College Competition winners will present their winning re-branding solution for the audience.

Presentations & Speakers

FORUM 2022 headshot PJ Fronczkiewicz Kevin Schilling

Plate Life Indicator Project

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

Kevin Schilling, Print Applications Specialist at Miraclon

Presentation Details
PJ and Kevin will give an update on the FQC’s plate life indicator project. Its purpose is to measure the variables of surface-patterned plates that are changing from their initial state due to ink and solvent swelling and the evaporation process, and understand how these correlate to the transfer of solids in the print.
The potential outcome from this could be an easily measured identifier that will alert the printer that a plate will no longer perform as expected and should not be put back on press (and rather, remade). This could be an advantageous time and cost savings for printers that struggle with repeating results on press when reusing printing plates.
Speaker Bios
About PJ: PJ is the North American technical marketing and service manager for DuPont Cyrel Solutions, and a 1997 graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in graphic communications. During his 23 years of industry experience, he has also held positions providing technical support for anilox rolls and formulating flexographic packaging inks. PJ is on the FTA FIRST Executive Committee and is a frequent speaker at FTA conferences and events.
About Kevin: Kevin loves spending time with his wife and two kids, be it on the lake, watching his daughter McKenna ride horses, or his son Wyatt play hockey. Wisconsin is home! He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1996 with a B.S. in graphic arts management. He has been involved with flexographic printing since 1999. Kevin has held positions like prepress manager at The Outlook Group, technical specialist with Anderson & Vreeland and now print applications specialist with Miraclon.
FORUM 2022 headshot Chandramohan SeetharamiahSrinivasaraju

Printing of Battery Electrodes Using Flexographic Process

Chandramohan SeetharamiahSrinivasaraju, Graduate Student at Western Michigan University

Presentation Details
Battery electrode manufacturing is gaining momentum in terms of using new materials, binders, and advanced ways of depositing them on copper and aluminum foils. Flexographic printing is one of the processes that has tremendous advantages in the way the battery electrodes are used in end-use applications. Flexography needs to be thoroughly investigated for printing of these battery electrodes.
Join Chandramohan as he explains the result of his research and how it contributes towards using flexography for printing electrodes. Chandramohan is the first-place recipient of the 2021 FFTA Rossini North America Flexographic Research Scholarship.
Speaker Bio
About Chandramohan: Chandramohan is a graduate student in paper and printing science at Western Michigan University. He is working on the application of graphic printing technologies in printed electrodes and energy devices.
Chandramohan has a B.S. in printing technology from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) and an M.S. in print media science from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is a recipient of the 2019 Dusty Rhodes Graduate Student Paper Award for his master’s thesis work at RIT.
FORUM 2022 headshot Prashant Kotkar

Soy Water-Based Flexographic Inks for Food Package Printing

Prashant Kotkar, Application Engineer at RR Donnelley

Presentation Details
Water-based flexographic package printing inks available on the market are formulated with various acrylic polymers used for grinding and dispersing pigments, to create ink films, and impart necessary ink properties such as proper flow, adhesion to substrates and rub resistance. The printing industry sometimes experiences a shortage of acrylic polymers. The aim of this project is to determine which soy proteins available on the market to replace acrylic resins.
Join Prashant as he explains the result of his research and how it contributes towards using soy-based proteins to replace acrylic resins in flexographic water-based inks. Prashant is the second-place recipient of the 2021 FFTA Rossini North America Flexographic Research Scholarship.
Speaker Bio
About Prashant: Prashant is currently working in an application engineer position at RR Donnelley in Angola, IN, in their Forms, Labels and Packaging Solutions Division. Also, he is working towards his Ph.D. research on sustainable development of new materials and processes for packaging and industrial product applications at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.
Before pursuing his Ph.D., Prashant received his master’s in paper and printing science at Western Michigan University. He has also completed his B.S. in printing engineering and graphics communication from University of Pune, India. Prashant is an enthusiastic researcher working in the paper, printing and packaging industry, and passionate about exploring new cutting-edge technologies and sustainable materials for new applications development.
FORUM 2022 headshot Kennedy Logan

Can Plate Surface Screening Reduce the Need for Higher Volume Anilox Rollers?

Kennedy Logan, Student at Central Piedmont Community College

Presentation Details
In Kennedy’s project, she tests a variety of surface screening technologies on a range of anilox rollers with different volumes. She then compares the performance of the surfaced screened plates against conventional plate technology to determine if comparable results with a lower volume anilox roller can be achieved.
Kennedy is the recipient of the 2021 Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship.
Speaker Bio
About Kennedy: Kennedy is a student at Central Piedmont Community College studying graphic arts and image technology/flexography concentration. Bringing attention to new ways to innovate technology within the industry is important to her. She finds it rewarding to learn to improve through her work and experience the environment in which she will potentially work.
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A Presentation from the 2022 Phoenix Challenge College Competition Winning Team

Presentation Details
The winning team from the 2022 Phoenix Challenge College Competition will present their project of rebranding a company using flexographic printing.

Session Chair

FORUM 2022 headshot Jean Engelke

Jean Engelke

FFTA Board Chair & FQC Chair

Session Chair

FORUM 2022 headshot Joe Riccardella

Joe Riccardella

Continuous Improvement Manager at ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions

Session Chairs

FORUM 2022 headshot Jean Engelke

Jean Engelke

FFTA Board Chair & FQC Chair

FORUM 2022 headshot Joe Riccardella

Joe Riccardella

Continuous Improvement Manager at ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions

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