Spring Symposium 2024

Spring Symposium 2024

Join us this spring for an enlightening 3-day Press Optimization Program at the Mark Andy Inc. Symposium, held from March 5th to 7th at our United States Headquarters in Chesterfield, MO.

This exclusive event, featuring insights from our partners DuPont and Esko, promises to be a deep dive into the latest trends and techniques in press optimization. Engage with industry experts, enhance your skills with hands-on training, and explore innovative solutions that are shaping the future of the printing industry.

WHEN: March 5 – March 7

LOCATION: Mark Andy, Inc. US Headquarters
Chesterfield, MO 63005

HOTEL: Drury Hotel


Sessions Include:

Print Optimization and Process Control:

Dive deep into the art and science of print optimization with our focused sessions on FIRST Optimization Theory and the Determination of Variables to Optimize. Learn to establish standard operating procedures, set precise tolerances, and apply effective measurement methods to enhance your printing process efficiency.

Platemaking and Press Setup:

Gain invaluable insights into the intricate world of platemaking and press setup. Our expert-led sessions will guide you through the nuances of creating perfect PCW target and P+ step test plates, as well as the essentials of effective plate mounting for optimal print quality.

Quality Control and Fine-Tuning:

Elevate your print quality through our detailed sessions on Fingerprint & Characterization, Pressrun and Screens/Curves Deep Dive. Learn the art of fine-tuning prints, making manual adjustments, and mastering quality control techniques to achieve unparalleled precision in your print outcomes.

Hands-On Practical Training and Evaluation:

Experience hands-on training with sessions like P+ Step Test & PCW Target Evaluation, offering real-world, practical skills in print production. These interactive sessions provide the perfect platform to apply learned concepts, measure results, and analyze fingerprints for continual improvement.

Save Your Seat

Secure your spot now for the Mark Andy Spring Symposium and join us for an enlightening journey into the future of printing technology – RSVP today!

As a participant of the Mark Andy Spring Symposium, you acknowledge and consent to the sharing of your contact information among our trusted partners – DuPont and Esko. This collaboration enhances the event experience and offers more tailored interactions and opportunities. Your privacy is important to us, and we’re committed to handling your information responsibly. By proceeding with the registration, you agree to these terms.

Hotel Group Rate: Until February 9th!

Mark Andy rate = $135.00 (includes breakfast)

Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis Chesterfield
355 Chesterfield Center East
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Telephone: (636) 532-3300

Ensure your hotel reservation at the group rate by booking before Monday, February 9th, 2024. For convenient online booking, click here. Alternatively, you can call 1-800-325-0720 and use group number 10089459.

Daily Agenda

8:00 am – Presentation of the MA facilities and opening of event Introductions of speakers and attendees Schedule and housekeeping – Training objectives
9:30 am – FIRST Optimization Theory
10:45 am – Break
11:00 am – Determination of Variables to Optimize: Plate, Tape, Anilox
11:30am – Print Control Wizard: Introduction, Output test file for platemaking
12:00 pm – Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm – Platemaking: Make PCW target and P+ step test plates
2:00 pm – P+ Step Test & PCW Target Press Run: 1-color, Proper press setup, Data collection
3:00 pm – Break
3:15 pm – Group Hands-On: P+ Step Test & PCW Target Evaluation (Black and Magenta), Install screen, Set Pixel+ setting, Baseline Curve
4:15 pm – Output 4C Fingerprint job (plate to be made in evening)
4:45 pm – Discussion of results
5:00 pm – Departure – Group Activity

8:00 am – Daily Agenda: Questions from previous day
8:30 am – Plate Mounting: Overview of plate mounting equipment, Mount plates for Fingerprint
10:00 am – Break
10:15 am – FIRST Process Control: Establishment of standard operating conditions (SOP’s) / Tolerances / Measurement methods
11:15 am – Fingerprint & Characterization Pressrun: 4-color + Spot, Process Control
12:00 pm – Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm – Group Hands-On: Measure/Analyze Fingerprint, PCW curves
2:45 pm – Break
3:00 pm – Screens/Curves Deep Dive: Fine tuning and manual adjustments
4:15 pm – Makes Plates for Final Press run
5:00 pm – Departure
5 pm – 10 pm – Dinner at Drury hotel. Separate RSVP for dinner required in order to attend.

8:00 am  Plate Mounting: Mounting Tapes

9:30 amFinal Pressrun: 4-color + Spot, Production job, Control Strip for PCW verification

10:30 am Measure/Analyze print: PCW Color control strip, Curve Adjustment

11:30 pm Conclusions & Wrap-up

12:00 pm – Seminar close