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FLEXO Magazine : May 2011
FTA TODAY “ We actually had to examine a few samples very closely to ensure they were indeed flexo-printed,” says Scot McLeod, Robbie Fantastic Flexibles, who judged degree of difficulty for the wide web line and screen classifications. “ We are see- ing much more color in the samples submitted. Increased saturation, higher line screens and tighter reg- istration are very common.” Paul Teachout, Harper Corpora- tion of America, who judged degree of difficulty for mid web, paperboard and napkins, adds, “The level of ex- cellence and consistency continues to grow each year. It is a strong tes- tament that the guidelines provided by Flexographic Image Reproduc- tion Specifications and Tolerances [FIRST] continue to allow converters to maximize their potential.” “As an industry, we really have made some great inroads in overall package appearance and quality,” says Ed Dedman, Graymills Corp., who judged level of execution for mid web, paperboard and napkins. “I am blown away by so many of the samples—the sharpness, print quality and overall ‘pop’ is amazing!” Other judges point to the flexo industry ’s progress, elevated quality and consistent performance, noting comparisons to results previously considered the sole purview of gravure. Cori Devlin, DuPont Packaging Graphics, who was charged with rating level of execution for wide web line and screen entries, says, “I noticed improvements in ink’s adherence to paper. Also, several printers appear to be using screening technology to lay down white.” Dianna Winfrey, Sun Chemical, preprint and corrugated level of execution judge, adds, “The print production process and exceptional packaging was excellent in all areas. The quality was outstanding for flexo—gravure quality.” “It’s amazing that flexo continues to push the envelope and simulate litho-type quality of work,” says Scott Ruscetta, INX International. He examined envelope, student, newspa- per and promotional entries. “Based on information shared about setup, print and production, these entrants clearly used leading-edge technology.” Judges, Wide Web Line and Screen Work: Front row, L-R: Bill Malm, Harper Corporation of America; Cori Devlin, DuPont Packaging Graphics. Back row, L-R: Dan Dietrich, Inometa AKL Flexo; Scot McLeod, Robbie Fantastic Flexibles; José Soler, Comexi; David Story, Farnell Packaging, Ltd. Judges, Mid Web Paperboard and Napkin: Front row, L-R: Paul Teachout, Harper Corporation of America; Catherine Whitaker, Asahi Photoproducts; Mark Hemans, Huhtamaki. Back row, L-R: Ed Dedman, Graymills Corp.; Greg Horney, Rock Tenn; and Curt Smith, Luminite. 12 FLEXO MAY 2011 www.flexography.org
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