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FLEXO Magazine : May 2009
EXCELLENCE AWARDS ver and a bronze. One of those golds, Eukanuba Naturally Wild North Atlantic Salmon And Rice, was also selected as Best of Show for the category. Steve Smiley, Vertis Inc., a wide web level of execution judge, touted the work’s “beautiful highlight dots.” He noted that it had “nothing out of register,” adding, “It’s got beautiful reversed type that all fi ts perfect. Its process, printed at 34in. It has a nice pastel screen.” Sunil Datt, a degree of diffi culty judge claimed the process image was perfect. “The picture itself matched well to the proof,” he Jim Koppes of Monarch Engraving spoke for most judges when he said, “The Best of Show impressed because it was made with analog plates.” The reproduction of highlight dots with optimum impression and plate settings was another noteworthy attribute for him. Further, he stated, “The match to the contract proof was also excellent.” “We always look at digital as being the best possible quality, but this job, done analog had everything: good color, good contrast, clear, sharp images and clean even dots,” said Dave Chinnis, a degree of diffi culty judge. “It was apparent that the printer has Thirty-nine judges examined nearly 600 submissions to determine the 135 award winners. said. Karen Daniels, Georgia Pacifi c, insisted, “The dot structure was very good.” “This year’s Best of Show award winner is an excep- tional piece of fl exography,” declared Paul Techout, Harper Corporation of America, a level of execution judge. “It has taken advantage of all that our technology has to off er and followed FIRST guidelines to produce an award-worthy piece. From the design, appeal and execution of the package it is a well-rounded example of exactly how far we have come in standards and process control. Very well done!” Several of the other winners were also highly regarded by judges. Morning Song® Black Oil Sunfl ower, a bronze winner submitted by Coating Excellence International, got some special attention from Datt and Daniels. He called it a “great job,” stating that “It was crisp across the whole web.” Daniels said, “The ability to hold the black is beautiful.” LABELING THE BEST While the web widths may be among the smallest, the visual impact of the winners in the narrow web category is certainly grand. The group also churned out the most number of winners: 34 in all. Big winners include MPI Label Systems, Labeltronix and All Stick Label Ltd., which earned two, three and four awards respectively. McDowell Label made a splash by nabbing 10 total honors—fi ve bronzes, three silvers and two golds. But it was Paragon Label, which, in addition to a bronze, three silvers and two gold medals, took home the Best of Show for its Francis Ford Coppola Russo Shiraz label. 58 FLEXO MAY 2009 taken the eff ort to characterize and understand his entire process from art, to plates, to print.” Carol Harrison, CTS Industries, also a level of execution judge, said, “The Best of Show was a tough decision. Each winner we had to choose from could have easily been Best of Show. When it came right down to the technicalities of the application, it was all about fl exographic printing, and which one had the most infl uence of fl exographic principles.” Gary Cane, Paragon Label, who judged degree of diffi culty, spoke similarly. In accordance with the rules, he had refrained from judging the Best of Show and all other submissions by his company. “The overall level of print quality, from unsupported fi lm all the way to wine labels, has improved so much that any off set narrow web printer should be concerned.” Cane was thoroughly impressed with the amount of digital plates being used in the segment. “Overall, the entries looked good. There was some very good prepress work on some that certainly allowed the printers to excel.” Koppes further commented, “Several entries this year utilized unique substrates with varnishes and combination rotary screen, achieving the desires of design in a production capable piece. I also saw a couple items printing in 275 line screens that looked almost continuous tone. In addition, platemaking has defi nitely improved over the last several years.” TRIFECTA, PERFECTO! One team of six judges, 22 awards, three Best of Shows, and three very diff erent categories—that’s one way to describe the www. f le xography. org