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FLEXO Magazine : February 2011
Schedule-at-a-Glance Saturday, april 30 7:00am - 6:00pm Phoenix Challenge College Competition 8:00am - 5:30pm Registration 1:30pm - 3:30pm The Great Flexo Digital Plate Debate-Round Two 1:30pm - 6:00pm JP Buckley Annual Golf Tournament 6:30pm - 7:30pm Post Golf Tournament Reception Sunday, May 1 7:30am - 5:30pm Registration 9:45am - 10:00am Welcome to Forum 2011 10:00am - 12:00pm Prepress 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Break (on own) 1:00pm - 3:00pm Sustainability 3:00pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break 3:30pm - 5:30pm Emerging Trends 6:30pm - 7:30pm President’s Reception 7:30pm - 9:30pm FTA Annual Banquet & Awards Program Monday, May 2 7:00am - 8:00am Continental Breakfast 7:30am - 5:30pm Registration 8:00am - 10:00am Operational Excellence through Lean Thinking & Applications 10:00am - 10:30am Refreshment Break 10:30am - 12:30pm FQC (Flexo Quality Consortium) 12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch Served @ INFO*FLEX Exhibition 12:30pm - 5:00pm INFO*FLEX Exhibition 12:30pm - 5:00pm Excellence in Flexography Awards Display 2:00pm - 4:30pm INFO*FLEX Presentation Theater tueSday, May 3 7:00am - 8:00am Continental Breakfast 7:30am - 5:30pm Registration 8:00am - 10:00am FIRST Forward: Leveraging FIRST for the Advancement of Flexography 10:00am - 10:30am Refreshment Break 10:30am - 12:30pm Inks & Substrates 12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break (on own) 1:30pm - 5:30pm INFO*FLEX Exhibition 1:30pm - 5:30pm Excellence in Flexography Awards Display 2:00pm - 4:00pm INFO*FLEX Presentation Theater 3:30pm - 5:00pm Social Networking Event @ INFO*FLEX Exhibition WedneSday, May 4 9:00am - 10:30am FIRST Roundtable (open meeting) 9:00am - 10:30am FQC Team Meeting (open meeting) FTA TODAY way back in New Orleans in 1984 and thinking to myself, ‘This is so impressive. I ’ve gone somewhere, met helpful vendors and old-school printers that really have a lot to share. I’ve sat here and talked for hour on end about what is happening in the industry, what these long-term players see happening now, what they learned from past experience, etc. I actually collected their thoughts and advice on issues that I’ll likely have to deal with in the future.’” He continued, “I have been in the printing industry for more than 37 years. In fact, I started out running presses. I spent about three years operating offset presses and about seven years operating flexo presses, before moving into pressroom management and then into prepress sales. Today, I still spend a lot of time around many types of different printing presses. I still look back at those early years and remember how much I learned from our many vendors. “T hat is why I have been promoting Forum 2011 to all of the printers that I associate with as much as possible. There is so much to learn. What better way to do so than at the premier gathering of industry professionals? “ THE PLAN According to Coffman, “Planning for Forum 2011 began at the end of Forum 2010--early last May. That may be difficult to understand for some people, but that is what it takes. Thank- fully, FTA has some talented people on the staff; and, not only are they talented, but they are committed to doing the best job possible for those who will attend Forum 2011. “ We also have enlisted many industry professionals, and a good number of those, hail from the printing side of our industry, to serve as chairs and co-chairs of the many ses- sions. Together, as the Forum 2011 Committee, we have been putting all the pieces together. Time will tell how successful we’ve been.” Coffman reported, “The theme is, ‘Forum 2011 Setting the Pace for Flexo Packaging Excellence.’ Coming up with a Fo- rum theme is a joint effort, and it took weeks to finalize. Since we are going to be in Indianapolis, IN, we tried to be true to our surroundings with the theme and logo. “In reflecting on the many challenges facing printers today, I have to admit that, we do have to set a pace for ourselves,” Coffman observed. “ Too many times, we may try to do some- thing at work, or even in life, just because it is being done by some other company or person; when we should focus on what we are capable of doing. Only then, can we give our best to our customers.” With that, he remarked, “It is always hard to tailor individual sessions to one theme, but I believe that our session chairs have done a very good job. It helps that we are in Indianapo- lis, which is well known for a certain racing event. ” THE CROSSROARDS OF AMERICA & FLEXO Speaking of Indianapolis, IN, the staging ground for Forum 2011, the chair said, “It has been called the heartland of print- ing, a crossroads for flexographers. The actual nickname for the state of Indiana is ‘The Crossroads of America.’ What better place to meet than this great mid western city that has been embracing manufacturing for much of its history? It helps that it is so close to other major metro areas, such as Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and Cincinnati—all are hubs for flexo. ” Starting in those areas and extending across America and even across continents, Coffman indicated, “We have really tried to listen to what printers have been saying, and have tried to put together sessions with their concerns in mind. As I said, I began my career as a press operator and I believe that it is very important to cater to the printers/converters as much as possible. I really hope that all—particularly a strong contingent of printers/converters within four or five hours drive time--who attend Forum 2011 will be able to say we were successful.” THE CONTINGENT “Forty volunteers, at this point in time, are really dedicating considerable hours and significant effort to ensuring Forum 2011 is a success. I’d like to recognize each and every one of them, starting with Randy Butler of Printpack, my co-chair and successor in the chairman’s seat,” Coffman stated. “Next up, the chairs and co-chairs of our technical sessions. By name and responsibility: • Malcolm Keith, Cal Poly, chair, Emerging Technologies; David Bankson, Label Technologies, co-chair. • Lon Robinson, Tension Envelope Corp., chair, FIRST; Eric Ferguson, MacDermid Printing Solutions, co-chair. • Hank Welter, Exopack, chair, Prepress; Larry Moore, EskoArtwork, co-chair. • Paul Lodewyck, Flint Group, chair, Flexo Quality Consor- tium (FQC); Jean Engelke, Kodak, co-chair. • David Nunez, International Paper, chair, Inks and Sub- strates; Rick Pomeranka, Printron, co-chair. • Todd Wiederhold, Printpack, chair, Sustainability. • Ken Rizzo, Printing Industries of America (PIA), chair, Operational Excellence/Lean Manufacturing. “That said, I can’t forget the roster of speakers. It lists out as follows: • Emerging Technologies: Aaron Lessing, Apex; Glenn Spitz, Webscan; Ray Bodwell, DuPont Packaging Graph- ics; Rich Emmerling, Flint Group. 14 FLEXO FebruArY 2011 www.flexography.org FLX_Feb11_mech.indd 14 2/16/11 8:50 AM
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