Home' FLEXO Magazine : November 2015 Contents BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS
Supporting the central call of the confer-
ence—to use process control tools in the
pressroom, engage in behavioral analysis,
define expectations and become better print-
ers—the collection of articles contained in
this issue was devised to serve as supplemen-
We delve into the world of inspection systems
and the advances achieved in the last 20
years. Also offered is a look at spectropho-
tometers, densitometers and their crucial
roles. Software packages that are the heart
of today’s automated workflow systems, and
when deployed continue to advance the state
of the art of flexo print, support the call for
consistency through control.
As you read each author’s dialogue, you’ll no-
tice that all share a passion for tracking and
managing print quality. They espouse linking
best practices with best possible outcomes.
They strive to eliminate excessive costs and
those dreaded do overs. These proponents of
interconnected modules, spanning every step
of our process—from design, to prepress, to
print—believe that each and every package
printer can find gold, provided they success-
fully mine the data collected at press side and
use it to their competitive advantage.
They insist that every contingency should be
considered and every opportunity to opti-
mize procedures should be taken. Ah, pure
logic: It keeps customers satisfied, speeds
product to shelf and keeps us—all FTA mem-
bers—focused on printing to the numbers
and controlling our process(es).
a single one turned out to be any different
while discussing, say, Chicago’s sports teams,
than they were during a debate over the char-
acterization run. There were no arguments
over who has better plates, or who knew
more about expanded gamut. Scarfing down
cheesesteaks and hot dogs, they talked about
funny YouTube videos. Waiting for coffee to
brew, they traded stories about family.
“APR invited in all of this competition to
work on the press, and to work in an environ-
ment where we’re not worrying about being
competitors,” FTA Hall of Famer Mark Ma-
zur later recounted. “It never came up once
during that week. It was never an issue.”
The purpose of the cover project was to
demonstrate tangible methods that lead to
superior printing, and in the pressroom, the
group did just that. In their break room be-
havior, the group unintentionally, showcased
a handful of intangibles—demeanor, attitude,
personality—that should be just as desirable a
trait in any flexographer.
“Now, once we left, we were all back to
fighting each other!” Mazur said to me in jest.
“But for a week, we had peace.”
FTA Board of Directors
FFTA Board of Trustees
FFTA Chairman of the Board
FTA Chairman of the Board
Polymount U.S., LLC
Howard B. Vreel and, Jr.
FFTA Chair Elect
Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.
Lon Robinson III
Immediate Past FTA Chairman of the Board
Dan D oherty
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.
Mark Andy Inc.
FLEXO Magazine Editorial
DuPont Packaging Graphics
All Printing Resources, Inc.
Staples Print Solutions
American Inks and Coatings
MacDermid Printing Solutions
C-P Flexible Packaging
Encore Washington Ltd.
“FLEXO is proud to serve as a
focal element in Flexographic
Technical Association’s Fall
“True to its name, the
break room allowed
those flexographers to
let their hair down—
even the ones without
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