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FLEXO Magazine : February 2011
FTA TODAY Onceaprinter,alwaysaprinter.Youforgeandholda unique perspective. You become a flexographer. You can’t look at a printed package without envisioning the pressrun that made it possible. You see: • The substrate, being paper, film, foil, laminate, or some- thing else, being placed on the upwind. • The web path threaded. • Inks carefully blended and positioned in the pans. • Press stations cleaned and at the ready. • Anilox matched to the doctor blade. • Plates/sleeves mounted to the print cylinder • Past job tickets pulled and the data they contained refer- enced and repeated for the fastest possible set-up. • Trained press crews printing to the numbers—a team familiar with fingerprinting; optimization; and most impor- tantly, consistent, repeatable, high quality, print results. • Last but not least, you see satisfied customers reveling in the fact that end-users are grabbing their packages off store shelves. Mark Coffman of Dixie Graphics, who coincidentally serves as the chair for Foundation of Flexographic Technical Associa- tion’s 2011 Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition, knows the drill all too well. He lived it at the beginning of his now four-decade career; continued to thrive on the excitement of a live pressrun as he moved into plant/production management, and constantly finds himself referencing those experiences in consulting with his clients today. This prepress sales executive remains a printer at heart. Packaging is his passion. So Much to Learn... Program Chair Outlines First-Hand Experiences, Rates Forum & INFO*FLEX “Historically Outstanding!” Mark Coffman 12 FLEXO FEbRuARY 2011 www.flexography.org AssOciATiOn nEws • Topics are pertinent to all facets of the industry. • Speakers have a great deal of information to share. • FFTA’s Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition, set for May 1-4 in Indianapolis, IN, is going to be a great show! Printers need to be there and need to get involved! FORUM 2011 SETTING THE PACE FOR FLEXO PACKAGING EXCELLENCE FLX_Feb11_mech.indd 12 2/16/11 8:50 AM
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