Presiding over the event were co-chairs Eric Frank, KBA-Flexotecnica and Sean Teufler, Siegwerk. The duo oversaw a comprehensive agenda which consisted of eight sessions, two evening receptions, 29 speakers and 68 exhibitors.
Attendees praised speakers for technical content and delivery. “This was a very good conference providing great technical information to improve our printing abilities," said Bob Coomes, Plastic Packaging Technologies. "It also addressed training strategies and techniques which can help us strengthen our teams in a practical way.”
The two-and-one-half-day event consisted of the following sessions:
Flexo Highlights from drupa 2016
2016 FTA Technical Innovation Winners Roundtable
Developing Productive, Profitable Talent—A Trainer’s Guide to Success
Establishing the Starting Points: The Where’s, What’s & How’s of Setting Up a Job
Producing Results: Qualify, Quantify & Control the Production Run
Substrates & Beyond
Envisioning Tomorrow’s Pressroom
The Great Anilox Roll Debate
Tabletop exhibitors included: 3M IATD; A B Graphic International Inc.; ACTEGA North America; Adhesive Research; Agfa Graphics; Air Motion Systems, Inc.; All Printing Resources; AMUT DOLCI BIELLONI S.R.L.; Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.; Anilox Roll Cleaning Systems; Apex International; ARC International; Bobst North America Inc.; BST North America; Carey Color Inc.; CGS Publishing Technologies, LLC; Conversource Inc.; DuPont Advanced Printing; Eaglewood Technologies; Electro Optic US; Enercon Industries Corporation; Epson America; Erhardt+Leimer Inc.; Esko; Flexo Wash; FlexoGrafix, Inc.; Flint Group Flexographic Products; FLXON; FUJIFILM; Global Vision; GMG Americas; Grafikontrol North America; Harper Corporation of America; Hell/Luescher Technologies; iCD3; Interflex Laser Engravers; Kampf Machinery Corp.; KBA-Flexotecnica; Keene Technology Inc. (KTI); Kodak; Kurz; MacDermid Graphics Solutions; Magnum Inks & Coatings; Mark Andy Inc.; Max Daetwyler Corp.; Meech International; MPS Systems North America Inc.; Nilpeter; OEC Graphics, Inc.; Omet Americas Inc.; Pamarco; Paper Converting Machine Company; PC Industries; Phoseon Technology; Polymount International; Precision AirConvey; Retroflex, Inc.; Rossini N.A. LLC; RotoMetrics; RR Donnelley; Ship & Shore Environmental Inc.; Siegwerk; Tesa Tape, Inc.; the flexo factor; Tri-X Inc.; Universal Engraving, Inc.-UEI Group Company; Windmoeller & Hoelsher; and XDS Holdings, Inc.
The full roster of presenters featured: Bill Bessett, ARC International; Ted Biggs, AWT Labels & Packaging; Julie Billing, Spinnaker, LLC; Mark Cisternino, FTA; Brian Cook, MacDermid Graphics Solutions; Bob Coomes, Plastic Packaging Technologies; Rich Emmerling, Flint Group; Jessica Harrell, Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.; Nick Harvey, Apex International; Aaron Hootkin, Enercon Industries; Greg Horney, Frankston Packaging; Mike Huey, Siegwerk; Matteo Lanata, KBA-Flexotecnica; Kim Madigan, Smyth Companies; Al Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark; Rory Marsoun, Esko; Mark Mazur; Ann Michaud, 3M; Bill Poulson, Harper Corporation of America; Jason Roberts, Label Technology; Bernard Sanchez, representing Flexomaid; David Skellie, Interflex Laser Engravers; James Stone, VinEquities, Inc.; Joe Tuccitto, FTA; Shane Weber, Bingham Flexo Services; and Nona Woolbright, Clemson University.
FTA’s 2017 Fall Conference has already been set for October 9-11 in St. Louis, MO. Esko's Rory Marsoun will chair the event.