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FLEXO Magazine : December 2010
• 58 percent have seen emphasis increase. • 90 percent are working to reduce environmental foot- prints. • 89 percent have recycling programs in place. • 54 percent have a sustainability program in place. • 29 percent are developing customized sustainability programs in their plant. Gross issued this advice. “Align yourself with your custom- ers. Validate your accomplishments. Commit to continuous improvement. Conform to best management practices.” FQC ExpErimEnts Flexo Quality Consortium experiments are being tied to both FIRST and International Standard Organization develop- mental efforts, according to Paul Lodewyck, director, product management, Flint Group; who chairs the research arm of FTA. At Fall Conference, he and Steve Smiley, director color technology, Vertis Inc. , F TA’s rep on standards bodies, briefed attendees on work in progress, while looking to standards and their evolution as well. “Prior to 1983, essentially no graphic arts standards ex- isted,” the duo reported. “Packaging proprietors and graphic arts enthusiasts operated under proprietary systems.” T hings have progressed to the point where, today, “We are changing the standard color chart to include grayscale.” Smiley noted that, “We’re updating color standards govern- ing, or defining the color of what we print and what color we certify ink to. This is exciting stuff. It’s no longer based on density of solid or the TVI mid tone values. We’re increas- ing the metrics for formulating inks and printing the same! With standards, everybody wins! Standards increase speed, reduce inconsistencies, control and eliminate variables, en- hance print quality insure repeatability and deliver common appearance.” Sean Teufler, technical graphics advisor, Harper Corpora- tion of America and chair of the FQC UV Spitting Project, seized the opportunity to promise further analysis. The group is looking to longer runs and the testing of both blade pres- sure and optimized blade angles. Similarly, Jay Sperry, graphic commercialization director, HAVI Global Solutions, also pointed to the need for more work to be done on the testing of standardized substrates for ink testing in the ISO 2846-5 Analysis Project. Emphasis is on securing promises of wide web press time. The objective is correlating ink to press. Findings should be presented at Forum 2011 in Indianapo- lis, In, May 1-4 . industry VoiCEs Supporting FTA’s charter that requires it to educate, train and promote the continual advancement of the print process, three recent FLEXO Magazine authors—member contribu- tors—took to the stage to embrace a systematic, scientific ap- proach to printing to the numbers, as well as FIRST methodol- ogies and principles—namely: optimization, characterization, fingerprinting and process control. www.flexography.org december 2010 FLEXO 23 FTA TOdAY FLX_Dec10.indd 23 12/15/10 1:00 PM