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are in the books.
and eye opening
networking were in
ample supply from
March 6-9 in Fort
Worth, TX. Attendees
informed and armed
to make their package
printing operations better. Read all about the
topics discussed, the solutions demoed and the
big winners at Sunday night’s Awards Banquet in
this issue’s comprehensive recap.
Speaking of winners, many are featured in April’s
FLEXO. The three winners of the 2016 Technical
Innovation Award, the winner and honorable
mention in the Sustainability Excellence Award
competition, and the future flexographers who
triumphed in this year’s Phoenix Challenge
College Competition are all inside.
Usually filling the pages of FLEXO’s February
issue, this month casts a spotlight on flexible
packaging, from the FTA member printers who
produce it to how to control its creation through
adherence to Flexographic Image Reproduction
Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST).
Corrections: The March issue of FLEXO
incorrectly identified the winner of two Excellence
in Flexography Awards. Infinite Packaging Group
should have been named for its BlizzCon 2015
Ticket and Fruit of the Earth Meyer Lemon
Dish Soap Label. Additionally, the name of the
company that won a silver medal for its Finest
Kind 1753 Green Tea & Hibiscus Tea Mixer Label
should have been Gintzler International. We
regret the errors.
APRIL 2016 VOLUME 41, NO. 4
TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES
30 Flat Top for All
For its seamless integration into existing workflows,
MacDermid Graphics Solutions’ ITP 60 was awarded a 2016
Technical Innovation Award.
42 A Sweeping Success
For its cleaning efficiency and use of less materials,
Aeromaid, from PAD Peripheral Advanced Design Flexomaid, won a
2016 Technical Innovation Award.
46 Consistent & Convenient
For its ability to deliver flat top dots consistently, from site
to site, Flint Group Flexographic Products won a 2016 Technical
PLANTS & PROCESSES
50 Starting with FIRST
An FTA member discusses its road to and through FIRST Certification.
54 On an ERP Mission
FTA member TC Transcontinental uses an ERP system to bring a
recent acquisition in line with its operations.
58 Clean & Under Control
Eliminating static charges from flexible packaging film is critical.
62 Success by 1,000 Cuts
Kendall Packaging Corp. and Specialty Printing, LLC were the winner
and honorable mention, respectively, in this year’s Sustainability
Excellence Award competition.
6 Pressing Issues
8 Publisher’s Ink
8 Central Impressions
74 Ad Index
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