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FLEXO Magazine : January 2009
PLANTS & PROCESSES Printers & Questions Twin Cities Flexo Association Talking tech and staying close. That’s the unofficial mantra of the Twin Cities Flexo Association (TCFA). It was established in 2003 with the purpose of providing a local venue for individual and organizational technical growth in the Minnesota/St. Paul area. By staying local, TCFA is able to hold more frequent meetings, with technical presentations given in a more casual atmosphere. The group is by no means trying to compete with FTA/FFTA, its Annual Forum or Regional Workshops. Quite the opposite, in fact; the two organizations have been working together throughout 2008 to promote each others’ events and offer content and presenters. TCFA’s current president, Ed Dedman of IGH Solutions, recently spoke to FLEXO about the organization. Q: Q: 58 What is the mission of the TCFA? The TCFA is an organization composed of professionals and other interested parties within the flexographic printing indus- try, and is devoted to raising the level of technical knowledge, professional ability, and personal enjoyment of industry col- leagues. Our technical focus encompasses the entire gamut of processes and materials used within the greater flexo industry. How does the organization work to achieve this? Our main emphasis is on technical education of our mem- bers, with regular meetings containing learning sessions de- voted to spreading current information on printing, converting, and decorative processes. This information will be provided by FLEXO JANUARY 2009 a number of means, including presentations by suppliers, edu- cators, and members. Our secondary emphasis will be to provide a neutral, open forum for airing issues and solutions within our mutual pro- duction environments. This will function to promote continu- ous improvement of our overall industry. Our third emphasis will be to provide an environment for enjoying our personal and professional relationships with our peers in the industry. Through various regular meetings and special events, opportunities will be presented for meeting and conversing with other printers, converters, and suppliers. Q: How often does the group meet? How do these meetings compare to FTA con- ferences or events? We have Technical Dinner meetings approximately ev- ery six weeks. Our meetings are much more casual and informal than a comparable FTA meeting—remember, our meetings are held at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, so everyone there is usually unwinding after a busy day at work. While we are seri- ous in our focus on techni- www. f le xography. org Dedman P’s & Q’s
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