Join Catherine Haynes and Scott Rickard as they moderate this lively exchange with some of flexography’s leading mounting tape and sleeve manufacturers. The panelists will take a deep dive into current market trends and common questions from the industry.
They will also address best practices for the testing and application of adhesive systems to ensure printers are getting the most out of their mounting materials.
Application Solution Engineer at tesa tape
About Alix: Alix is the application solutions engineer for the Flexo, Print and Paper division of tesa tape. She is responsible for training, application support, troubleshooting and product development for print and packaging tapes and sleeves.
Alix has been in the flexographic industry for more than 10 years with a background in plate making, fingerprinting and color management. She is the current chair of the FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards Committee and a member of the Women of Flexo Mentorship Committee.
Applications Engineer Manager Graphics at Lohmann
About Stan: Stan Riches is a veteran of the printing industry. He began in offset/litho as a press operator for 10 years. Since then, he has been in the flexographic printing industry for more than 36 years, spending eight years in the corrugated preprint market on press and as a plate mounter.
He has been with Lohmann for 29 years, where he has held many positions from sales management to sales support to technical support. Currently he is the applications engineer manager Graphics, where his responsibilities include product testing, application troubleshooting, customer training, new product validation and other related activities.
Advanced Application Engineering Specialist at 3M
About Mat: Mat Waddell is an application engineer within the flexographic group at 3M. He is a FIRST Certified Implementation Specialist and uses his FIRST Certification training and background in mechanical engineering and human factors to help printers optimize their processes. Mat works to help them consistently and productively produce the best print possible for their end users.
US VP of Sales at Polymount
About Alan: Alan Rogers is the VP of sales for Polymount US, responsible for sales in North and South America. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech, with a Bachelor of Science in industrial management. Alan has more than 28 years’ experience in the printing industry. His experience includes 10 years selling inks to narrow web printers in the flexographic industry. Alan served as the national sales manager for Arcar Inks, a division of Flint Ink, from 1998-2003. He joined Harper Corporation of America in 2004 as the technical account manager responsible for anilox roller sales to wide web printers throughout the Southeast. Alan served as VP of sales at Harper from 2012 to 2021. He currently resides in Acworth, GA.
President at Controlled Displacement Technologies LLC
About Jeff: In the early 1990s, Jeff was approached by one of his customers who asked him to make color separations for the flexographic packaging industry. Jeff became the first to successfully produce color separations that matched prepress proofs using photopolymer plate technology.
Jeff quickly realized the process needed industry-wide specifications to provide the necessary process stability. He was told “that is an impossible objective.” Jeff was resolute; the results of his vision and commitment are known as Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST), which debuted in 1997.
Jeff realized one of the largest challenges was to eliminate the variables inherit in cellular foam cushioning. He invented displacement cushioning technology, but he also had to invent two new manufacturing processes. Jeff has been granted four patents with additional patents pending.
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