Flexo Concepts® Takes Advantage of Massachusetts Training Grant and Applies Funds to FIRST Operator Certification

first_cerfitication_logoPlymouth, MA, October 31, 2016. Flexo Concepts employees have recently completed Level I of FTA FIRST Operator Certification in order to become flexographic printing “experts.” The training was made possible by a Massachusetts Express Grant designed to fund workforce education in the state.

Created and administered by the FTA, FIRST Operator Certification is an online training program through which participants gain a complete mastery of the flexographic printing process. The program offers three certifications: FIRST Press Operator, FIRST Prepress Operator and FIRST Implementation Specialist. Flexo Concepts chose the latter which is designed for supervisors, managers and non-production personnel such as suppliers of flexo products and services.

The company applied for funding for the training through the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Express Program, named for its easy one-step, online approval process. “In fact it was Flexo Concepts that encouraged FTA to add their FIRST Certification training to this program,” said Duane Woolbright, FTA Training Specialist. He added, “The training has been vetted by the state and is now part of their approved manufacturing training and certification curriculum.”

Flexo Concepts encourages other flexo printers and suppliers in Massachusetts to apply for the Express Grant to take advantage of this training. The company plans to continue with the next two levels of Implementation Specialist training and ultimately achieve FIRST Company Certification.

For more information about FIRST training, contact Duane Woolbright at [email protected] or Kenneth Theriot at [email protected]. To learn more about the Express Grant, go to workforcetrainingfund.org/programs/express-program/.

Visit www.flexoconcepts.com for more information about Flexo Concepts or www.flexoconcepts.com/media/ to access a complete press kit.

About Flexo Concepts
Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers. Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com. For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Kevin McLaughlin to Present “What’s Next for Corrugated Printing” Webinar for FTA

kevin_mclaughlinPlymouth, MA, October 26, 2016. Kevin McLaughlin of Flexo Concepts® will present the webinar “What’s Next for Corrugated Printing” for the FTA on October 27, 2016.

This presentation will look at the innovations that are currently making an impact on the corrugated printing industry as well as those that are on the verge of reshaping the market. A special emphasis will be placed on advancements in the ink delivery system, machine improvements, substrate and drying, and digital printing technologies. The session will conclude with a live Q&A session.

Kevin McLaughlin is an owner and CEO of Flexo Concepts, which manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades. He has over 26 years of experience in flexographic printing and has obtained a broad knowledge of the many aspects of the corrugated printing and packaging sector.

The event will take place at 11:00 AM EDT and is free for FTA members. Go to https://account.fuzemeeting.com/#/webinars/register/1106026 to register.

Visit www.flexoconcepts.com for more information about Flexo Concepts or go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media to access a complete press kit.

About Flexo Concepts
Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers. Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com. For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Flexo Concepts® to Make Second Stop on Harper’s 2016 Roadshow in Toronto

Harper LogoPlymouth, MA, September 29, 2016. Following a good reception at Harper’s 2016 Roadshow in Kansas, Flexo Concepts announced plans today to join up with the tour for an additional stop in Toronto. The event will take place at the Courtyard Marriott Toronto Airport on October 5th.

Flexo Concepts is again one of several leading industry co-suppliers chosen as presenters. This time, it will be CEO Kevin McLaughlin who will talk about the latest advancements in doctor blade materials and edge design. He will also provide the audience with general tips for optimizing blade performance.

The annual roadshow is hosted by Harper free-of-charge. However, space is limited and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register as soon as possible. Go to www.harperimage.com/roadshows/Toronto-Canada/553 to reserve a spot.

To learn more about TruPoint doctor blades, visit www.flexoconcepts.com. To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts
Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers. Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com. For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Flexo Concepts® to Join Harper’s 2016 Roadshow in Olathe, Kansas

Harper LogoPlymouth, MA, September 23, 2016. Flexo Concepts is excited to once again join up with Harper Corporation’s Roadshow, this time at the fourth stop of its 2016 tour in Olathe, Kansas. The event will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Olathe at 12080 South Strang Line Road on September 27th.

Flexo Concepts is one of several leading industry co-suppliers chosen to present at this location. Key Account Manager Alan Shumate will talk about the latest advancements in doctor blade materials and edge design. He will also provide the audience with general tips for optimizing blade performance.

This annual event is hosted by Harper free-of-charge. However, space is limited and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register as soon as possible. Go to www.harperimage.com/roadshows/Olathe-Kansas/532 to reserve a spot.

To learn more about TruPoint doctor blades, visit www.flexoconcepts.com. To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts

Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers.  Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com.  For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Flexo Concepts and Industry Partners to Present New Technologies via Interactive Game at Labelexpo Americas 2016

Labelexpo_Collaboration_Gameboard_hrPlymouth, MA, September 8, 2016. Flexo Concepts is among eight industry partners who have teamed up to create an interactive game to present the latest advancements in flexo printing technology at Labelexpo Americas 2016.

At the event, contestants will collect a game board from any of the participating companies’ booths. They will then be prompted to visit each of the partners’ stands to collect a label or “game piece” in exchange for basic contact information. Completed game boards will be entered in drawings at the conclusion of the show for a chance to win Amazon gift cards and a complimentary seminar hosted by Clemson.

The collaborative piece was produced with contributions from each member of the team: prepress services by Esko, MacDermid plates, SunChemical inks, Harper anilox rolls, Flexo Concepts TruPoint Orange® doctor blades, and UPM Raflatac label stock. Clemson University undertook the printing and converting at its Sonoco Institute of Packaging and Graphics on an Omet Varyflex press and various other equipment.

To pick up a game board, stop by any of the following stands at the show:

Esko

5202

Flexo Concepts

544

Harper Corporation of America

401

MacDermid (All Printing Resources/JV Imaging booths)

937/1217

Omet

3123

UPM Raflatac

729

Click here for more information about the event or visit www.flexoconcepts.com to learn about the TruPoint Orange doctor blade. To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts
Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers. Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com. For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Flexo Concepts® to Be Featured Supplier at Rotometrics “The Future of Print” Open House

Rotometrics_Future_of_PrintPlymouth, MA, August 30, 2016.  Flexo Concepts announced today that it will attend Rotometrics’ “The Future of Print” open house as a featured supplier on September 27-28, 2016.

The event will take place at Rotometrics’ European manufacturing facility in Aldridge, UK.  Focus Label Machinery, Graphic Republik, Herma, Nilpeter UK, Platinum Paper and Thermal Transfer Solutions are among the key flexo and packaging industry partners being represented.  Flexo Concepts will be the exclusive doctor blade manufacturer.

Held every two years, the 2016 European open house is supported by industry associations BPIF Labels, EFIA and Finat as well as four prominent print publications.  The total space allocated for the event is up 40% from 2012 to accommodate 35 suppliers and an expected 400 attendees. Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward will deliver a keynote presentation and featured speakers will address current trends and the growth outlook for the industry.

Click here for more information about the event or visit www.flexoconcepts.com to learn about TruPoint doctor blades.  To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts

Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers.  Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com.  For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Flexo Concepts® to Feature New MicroTip® Technology at Labelexpo Americas 2016

Labelexpo_USA_2016_logoPlymouth, MA, August 29, 2016. Flexo Concepts will promote new MicroTips on its premium TruPoint Orange® doctor blade at Labelexpo Americas 2016. The new tip variations allow printers to optimize blade performance in label printing applications.

Since Orange was released in 2013, Flexo Concepts has focused on improving blade tip technology. New MicroTip options allow printers to select a customized thickness and tip combination that will enhance metering effectiveness and maximize blade life in their specific applications.

MicroTip_Comparison_450x162TruPoint Orange has been endorsed by a number of press manufacturers and is currently shipping as the standard blade on many new machine installations. At the show, the blade will be featured on equipment by Aztech, Gonderflex, Mark Andy and Nilpeter among others.

To learn more or obtain a blade sample, visit Flexo Concepts’ booth #544 at the show or go to www.flexoconcepts.com. A complete press kit can be downloaded at www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts
Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers. Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com. For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Flexo Concepts® To Sponsor Unveiling of Fusion Compact at PCMC’s Impact 2016

PCMC_Impact_Logo_900x385Plymouth, MA, July 19, 2016. Flexo Concepts announced today that it will sponsor Paper Converting Machine Company’s Impact 2016 where the press manufacturer will introduce its newest model, the Fusion Compact (C). The event is to be held at the company’s US headquarters and plant in Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 3.

The Fusion C maintains all of the fast make-ready and waste-saving features as PCMC’s Fusion family of products, but with a smaller footprint and fewer parts to save space and cost. Attendees will also be able to view the company’s Fusion_C_300x200Fusion Board press, browse supplier tabletops and take part in industry networking at the one-day event.

As a premium partner, Flexo Concepts will feature its TruPoint Orange® doctor blades with MicroTip® edges. Available in a range of thicknesses and MicroTips, Orange blades optimize metering performance, extend blade life and promote pressroom safety in a wide variety of flexo printing applications.

Click here to register for the event.

To learn more about the TruPoint Orange doctor blade, visit www.flexoconcepts.com. To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts
Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers. Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com. For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Flexo Concepts® Reports Success with New MicroTip® Doctor Blade Edge Technology at Drupa 2016

Drupa_Booth_930x698Plymouth, MA, July 15, 2016. Flexo Concepts exceeded its objectives at Drupa 2016, successfully introducing a variety of new MicroTip options on its TruPoint Orange doctor blade and expanding its distribution network.

Since introducing Orange in 2013, Flexo Concepts has developed new MicroTips to help printers optimize metering effectiveness and maximize blade life in their specific applications. At the show, booth staff fielded many requests for blade trials from people eager to test the new technology.

Herb Cole, the company’s global sales manager, said, “It’s clear to see that our industry is adapting to the demands of today’s customer. We are firmly committed to innovating safer, high performance, longer lasting doctor blades to meet those needs.” He went on to say that Flexo Concepts is excited to introduce new blade technology to the corrugated sector later this year.

The company was also able to expand its distribution network at the event. “There are too many flourishing partnerships to list, but I am pleased to announce our new relationship with Academia in India,” said Cole. “Academia will help us expand our global footprint in a vital market, as we continue to build a solid network of internal and external expert doctor blade consultants.”

Orange has earned the support of a number of well-known OEMs and was featured on multiple presses throughout the show. Among these exhibitors were AB Graphic International, Cartes Label Machines S.r.l., Focus Label Machinery Ltd. and Grafisk Maskinfabrik.

To learn more about Flexo Concepts, the TruPoint Orange doctor blade or MicroTip technology, visit www.flexoconcepts.com. To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media/.

About Flexo Concepts
Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers. Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com. For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.

Flexo Concepts® Installs LED Lighting in Plymouth, MA Facility to Promote Energy Efficiency

Flexo Concepts Installs LED LightingPlymouth, MA, June 23, 2016. In its continuing effort to “go green,” Flexo Concepts has outfitted its entire manufacturing facility and headquarters with LED lighting. The project has a two-year return on investment and resulted in an annual reduction in energy use significant enough to power six homes for a year.

The scope of the project included the company’s entire manufacturing and administrative space as well as the parking lot and other common areas of the building complex. All bulbs in the office areas were equipped with LED lamps and all lighting equipment in the shop and common areas was replaced with new fixtures that contain LED lamps.

Flexo Concepts worked with The Energy Efficiency Group (TEEG), an independent energy services company, throughout the project. TEEG facilitated all aspects of the process including performing an initial energy audit, making recommendations, submitting permits to the utility, handling the approvals, and scheduling and coordinating all work with the company’s electrician.

According to John Ferris, Flexo Concepts’ engineering manager, “The rebates offered by our utility company and quick payback made the investment an easy decision. By reducing the cost of the project by half, we were able to pursue this option for making our company more eco-friendly.” He also noted that the process was surprisingly simple as TEEG handled everything from evaluation to implementation.

To learn more about Flexo Concepts, visit www.flexoconcepts.com. To access a complete press kit, go to www.flexoconcepts.com/media.

About Flexo Concepts
Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint® doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean™ dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers. Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For more information about the company and its products visit www.flexoconcepts.com. For regular updates, follow Flexo Concepts on Facebook and Twitter.