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New mindsets are being adopted.
Printers are embracing OEMs' call to "never
look back." But, they've resolved to hold
the engineers to their promises of "excep-
tional performance and excellent printing
combinations," in other words, "perfect t
and perfect results."
Fewer touchpoints ranks among the high-
lights of current machine o erings. Pressure
and register controls include state of the art
video register and detect detection systems.
E ciency and exibility are built into the
press. Automated functions and simpli ed
interfaces are everywhere. Compact and
convenient presses stand at the heart of con-
verting lines that produce nished packages
in a single pass.
FAST, QUICK, RAPID
Talk about added value? And it comes with
less waste, faster makeready, quicker setup
and rapid changeover---whether we are
talking traditional exo or multiprocess
print. It seems that any and every option you
can think of is both available and a ordable.
anks to faster, innovative, operator friendly
machines, bottom lines are looking better
and better. Performance is on the rise! Expec-
tations are being met and exceeded. Printing
to and by the numbers is paying huge divi-
dends. at is welcome news all around.
e article "40 Years in Flexo" in last month's
magazine gave a great look at how two indus-
try veterans have seen technology's come-
uppance completely reshape things. For any
exographer who's been at it even half that
long, you probably have a baseline to which
you compare everything "new." In that case,
some of the developments on the machines
featured in our annual Press Buyer's Guide
might make you feel the way that oppy disk
incident made me feel. Automatic regis-
tration? Changeover measured in minutes
instead of hours? Churning out a football
eld's length of web in less than 10 seconds?
ese youngsters, they've got it easy!
at's true, but now we've all got it easy. Tell
me with a straight face you miss the days
before inspection systems caught defects an
entire shi of operators wouldn't notice. Or
when recalling a job meant fumbling through
binders and clipboards for measurements
and settings. Technology is the rising tide
that li s all boats. It's making the lives of
everyone on the pressroom oor better by
making things more consistent and more
reliable. It's enabling packaging to do more.
It's bringing a better product to brand own-
ers. And don't worry: ere will be a time
when all this new stu seems ancient, and
that younger workforce is le with that same,
"Well shoot, I'm getting old," feeling.
A er leaving an iPhone tutorial class at an
Apple Store recently, my father texted me:
"My God this phone is amazing. Now if only
I remember what they taught me." If some-
one whose age is most o en compared to that
of dirt can appreciate technology's bene ts
and not be put o by its newness, we all can.
FTA Board of Directors
FFTA Board of Trustees
FFTA Chairman of the Board
FTA Chairman of the Board
Polymount U.S., LLC
Howard B. Vreeland, Jr.
FFTA Chair Elect
Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.
Lon Robinson III
Immediate Past FTA Chairman of the Board
Prairie State Group
FFTA Vice Chair, Project Evaluation
FFTA Vice Chair, Scholarships
Farnell Packaging Ltd.
FTA Vice Chair, Education/CPC
FTA Vice Chair, Suppliers
FFTA Vice Chair, Solicitations
FTA Vice Chair, Printer/Converter
Coveris High Performance Packaging
Flexographic Technical Association
Master Packaging Inc.
Harper Corporation of America
Mark Andy Inc.
FLEXO Magazine Editorial
DuPont Packaging Graphics
All Printing Resources, Inc.
Staples Print Solutions
Color Resolutions International
C-P Flexible Packaging
Encore Washington Ltd.
Automated functions and simplified interfaces
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