Spring 2021 staff speaking engagements

March 18, 2021

Sonoco Institute staff members Bobby Congdon, assistant director, Nate Newsome, virtual reality researcher, and Cat Bromels, graduate lab assistant, will be presenting at two upcoming virtual events.

Envelope Manufacturers Association | EMA Annual Spring Meeting

April 20-23, online via Zoom

This Session: Tuesday, April 20, 1:45-3:15 p.m.

General Session III – Management/Technology

“The Management & Technology’s Safety Advocacy Council will provide a brief follow-up on the safety webinars and discuss other industry safety news.

Bobby Congdon, Assistant Director, Clemson’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics and Nathan Newsome, will introduce the STRIPE Virtual Online Press, a novel virtual online educational tool for the package printing industry.  The goal is to use this platform to foster workforce development at the high school and college level, as well as provide a safe, consistent, and inexpensive method of training press operators. This session will cover project goals and scope, as well as demonstrate of the technology via the web.”

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Flexographic Technical Association | FTA FORUM & Infoflex

May 11-14 & 18-21, online via Zoom

Session one: Wednesday, May 19, 10 a.m. 

Correcting the Defectives, Correct the Defects

“Got an opinion on how to fix a defect? Does it differ from your colleague’s solution? Want to see your answers tested live on a running press? For each defect, there can be a handful of causes. Going through them can be costly, time consuming and wasteful. With foresight and data, a press operator can quickly pinpoint and remedy a defect.

Watch as wide and narrow web virtual reality presses are used to demonstrate five common print defects. A panel of industry experts will discuss possible causes and suggest corrective actions.

Then, based on interactive audience voting, the highest-rated fix will be demonstrated live on stage. Subject matter experts will further elaborate on each problem and the results of the demonstrated fix.”

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Session two: Thursday, May 20, 10 a.m. 

FQC: Investigating Methods to Increase Efficiency & Packaging Quality 

Can the Differential Distortion of Postprint Corrugated be Calculated? 

“Color-to-color misregistration is easily identified visually and should be easy to resolve with minor press-side adjustments. However, this seemingly simple adjustment ignores a variable unique to flexographic plates for postprint corrugated; that they “stretch.”

This has been a known long-standing challenge to press operators, yet there is no solution that has been embraced industry wide. “Stretch” is simply accepted as a de facto standard.

Cat’s research intends to describe the factors that had the greatest effect on differential distortion, and how these factors interact with one another.”

Click here to read more about Bromels’ research.

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