Home' FLEXO Magazine : March 2016 Contents • Geoff Roznak of Great Northern Corp., who also oversaw the
preprinted linerboard and corrugated judging
• Paul Teachout of Nilpeter, who oversaw the narrow web judging
Within these committees, the judges are sub divided to allow them to
pay particular attention to one set of criteria. One half decided each
entry's level of execution, grading its image sharpness, ink coverage,
registration, dot/screen/vignette and consistency. The other half decid-
ed each entry's degree of difficulty, grading its substrate printability/ink
compatibility, registration tolerances, plate/printing complexity, fineness
of print or screen, tonal range and defect detectability. In both cases,
judges may award additional points for an especially difficult print.
When this is finished, the individual grades are summed to establish a
print's total score. The scores are ordered from highest to lowest. At this
point, the two halves of a judging committee join together and argue
for or against each entry's merit and if it deserves a medal. The pool is
slowly whittled down before gold, silver and bronze honors are doled
out. Finally, the crème de la crème---the Best of Show---is chosen.
"I am constantly amazed by how the bar continues to be raised each
year, as well as how the gap in scoring between the entries that receive
awards and the 'near misses' seems to get narrower and narrower,"
noted Lancelle, judging committee chair and last year's FTA Flexo
Hall of Fame inductee. "To me, that speaks of how continual improve-
ment remains the focus of the industry."
Tallying the number of winners in this year's contest and comparing
the data to prior years revealed a few trends:
• Since 2012, the number of silver medals awarded has barely
moved, totaling between 34 and 37 each year
• For a given year, the number of gold medals and bronze medals
seems to seesaw in relation to the number of silver medals; that is
to say, if there are more gold medals than silver medals, there are
less bronze medals than silver medals
• The number of bronze medals fluctuates the most, with a 2012
high of 46 and 2015 low of 29
• The total medal count is on an upward trend that began in 2014
"One thing I found very interesting from this year's competition:
While there is a lot of talk that the application of expanded gamut
(EG) is continually on the rise in our industry, that implication is cer-
tainly not reflected in the awards submissions," Lancelle commented.
"There were very few entries submitted this year that were produced
with EG. I'm not quite sure what to make of that.
Mazur added that, "Year after year, I am so impressed with the quality
of work flexographers do on a daily basis, that I wish we could give
out more awards."
All 110 of this year's winners will be named at Forum's Awards Ban-
quet, where the winning printer will have the opportunity to bathe
in the glory for a moment and let the applause of hundreds of their
industry peers wash over them.
The following two days, at INFO*FLEX, each winning print will be on
display at the Awards Gallery. Amid the networking and aisle perus-
ing, be sure to stop by and examine them. If one of them is yours, you
should be proud. If none of them is, you should feel a sense of com-
petition (and the urge to enter next year's awards). Regardless, you
should feel confident in flexography's place among package printing's
ever shifting landscape. n
2016 MEDAL WINNERS
Ampac, Anagram International, Bancroft Bag Inc., cei,
Colormaster LLC, Coveris, Folmex, Glenroy, Master Pack-
aging, Printpack, Prolamina, robbie fantastic flexibles, The
Robinette Co., Sunshine FPC, Inc., Tufco Technologies
cei, Coveris, Golden Era Group, Industrias de Plasticos S.A.
de C.V., Label Technology, Inc., Marvaco Ltd., Polycello,
Sunshine FPC, Inc.
ASL Print FX, Bay Tech Label, Inc., Berry Plastics Corp.,
Collotype Labels, Envision Labels, Inc., Essel Propack
America LLC, FTA South Africa, G3 Enterprises, Gintzler
Graphics, Inc., Golden Era Group, Kimoha Entrepreneurs
Ltd., Label Impressions, Inc., Label Tech, Inc., Labelprint
America, Inc., Labeltronix, McDowell Label, Shreeji Printing
Great Lakes Packaging Corp., International Paper Co.,
Lewisburg Container Co., WestRock CP, LLC
International Paper Co., Packaging Technologies Inc.,
WestRock, WestRock CP, LLC
Heritage Envelopes Ltd., Mac Papers Envelope Converters,
Inc., Tension Corp.
Sealed Air Corp.
Berry Plastics Corp.
Career and Technology Center, Clemson University, Fox Val-
ley Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College
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