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FLEXO Magazine : September 2014
FQC Update Project Progress & Volunteer Thanks Jean Engelke T he summer of 2014 has flown by and planning for FTA’s Fall Conference is well underway. The FQC project teams have also been busy, making progress toward their anticipated completion. STANDARDS SHOUT OUT I’d like to take a moment to recognize the significant contributions that the Standards Working Group (SWG) has been making. Led by Dr. Danny Rich of Sun Chemical and co lead Colleen Twomey of California Polytechnic State University, SWG has reviewed and con- tributed a vote or recommendation on behalf of FTA for six standards currently under ballot, another 10 more confirmed or approved as still valid and a further six under revision! This is a great example of a team that is helping to shape the global standards that affect our industry. As you may all agree, reviewing, understanding and providing valuable input on what can often be very complicated documents is no small task. A big thanks to Danny and his entire team, along with Joe Tuccitto and Rose McKernon from FTA, for all of their hard work. (You can read the SWG Quarterly Update on page 64 in this issue.) PROJECT UPDATES The High Resolution project team is also making progress. It is cur- rently developing a print target to be used to substantiate a proposed Print Output Matrix to help define high resolution printing. The team is developing the design of experiment (DOE) needed to guide it in upcoming print trials and expects to have preliminary data prior to Fall Conference. The Near Neutral Density team has approved a test target and DOE, and will be running print trials with volunteer printers. It expects to have valuable data for analysis soon to compare existing data sets with its results and determine if a new postprint data set is necessary and, if so, validate that set with future print trials. The team intends on planning a meeting in conjunction with Fall Conference. The Expanded Gamut II team has been working diligently to doc- ument the data to support its recommendations. The team will be reporting its status and current findings at Fall Conference as well. There are four sub teams working on measurements, optimization, communication and screen angles. Don’t miss this presentation on what continues to be a very hot topic in flexo. Many thanks to all project team leaders and members! This is a volunteer army and your contributions are invaluable for the future of our industry. If you are a team member, I urge you to attend and con- tribute to your team meetings, network and become an ambassador of the project at your respective companies, and influence colleagues and decision makers on the importance and participation required to help move the project forward. Productive and contributing team members help drive these projects to meaningful conclusion. n About the Author: Jean Engelke is the chair of FTA’s Flexo Quality Consortium. 60 FLEXO | SEPTEMBER 2014 FTA TODAY