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FFTA Board of Trustees
FTA Chairman of the Board
Polymount U.S., LLC
Howard B. Vreel and, Jr.
FFTA Chairman of the Board
Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.
FTA Chair Elect
Mark Andy Inc.
FFTA Chair Elect
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.
Accredo Packaging, Inc.
Smyth Companies, LLC
FLEXO Magazine Editorial
DuPont Packaging Graphics
All Printing Resources, Inc.
C-P Flexible Packaging
Encore Washington Ltd.
the day. The requirements assigned to every
model: simplify setup, reduce makeready,
trim waste, deploy smart and cost effective
automated registration, impression, washup,
color and viscosity management systems; as
well as print defect detection devices. Then,
make it all easy to operate from a single,
intuitive, touchscreen control panel. In short,
facilitate a scientific, methodical approach to
printing by the numbers.
As you will see on the following pages, the
focus comes down to simple economics,
minimal energy, optimized production, and
a seamless connection between software
and press. It’s imperative to assess the total
cost of ownership based on the competitive
We’ve asked our authors to put you on the
path to best in class productivity. Their
assignments varied. Some were told to target
comments, observations, and instructions
to quality and control. Others took on
ergonomics and economics, customization,
modularity and versatility, or cleaning and
The playbook, as presented in this issue,
captures, records and collects all data that
was made available for instant recall when
the demands of your job require it. Today,
that’s exactly what you are asking for from
are not what you’d imagine when picturing a
graphic artist, or a currency trader, or a Web
designer. I don’t think that’s being judgmental
or stereotyping: There’s a difference between
assuming what someone does for a living and
assuming they’re bad at it. I absolutely hate
reading; you should see the looks I get when
people find out what I do for a living.
So I understand when the veterans of this
industry wonder aloud, “Who is going to run
presses in the future?” Maybe they have a
certain image of what a press operator looks
like and maybe it doesn’t gel with the flexog-
raphers they see coming into the workforce.
After all, we’re all just a bunch of computer
dependent, mechanically disinclined, “Let me
Google ‘How to turn on a press’” Millennials.
But, as a number of this issue’s articles point
out, the presses being built in 2016 are also
less and less mechanically inclined, relegating
many of the tasks previously handled by an
operator to a computer. The impetus behind
that shift doesn’t really matter—Is it because
the newer generation doesn’t know how to
operate older presses? Is it because, for all its
decades of experience, the older generation
still can’t match the consistency of a com-
puter? Is it because technology is relentlessly
permeating into every area of every industry?
The end result is a different skillset needed
to run a press. That skillset also happens to
be overlap with a large swath of those new
flexographers, increasing the size of the pool
of potential operators.
So what does a press operator look like?
Maybe they’re dopey looking, maybe they
spent Saturday night chugging Red Bull and
bar hopping till 4 a.m ., maybe they stand
in front of the press yelling, “flexography,
m*****f*****!” The important thing is, they
don’t have to be anything.
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