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FLEXO Magazine : May 2011
FTA TODAY Dale Cargal, Sealed Air Corp., degree of difficulty expert for wide web process work, notes flexo’s expanding range. “ We’ve seen screen counts often hitting the 133 to 175 range and we saw a few 220 screens. Printing is getting more com- plicated and graphics are getting more creative in achieving smarter capabilities,” he says. “Several exceptional labels came across the table this year. Extended gamut is moving forward. ” Dan Riley, Flint Group, who judged level of execution for wide web process jobs, is impressed with the samples’ crisp- ness and tonal range, but notes where improvements might be made. “ One thing entrants should concentrate on next year is registration. It has knocked some excellent submis- sions out of the running.” Still, the entries reflect some of the best flexo printing in the world, says Cayleigh Nichols, Prairie State Group, narrow web, degree of difficulty analyst. “ These samples showcase just how far flexo has come as a commercial printing process. The samples rival other printing processes that have long been established as higher quality.” Tom Newmaster, William Fox Munroe, long-tenured graphic design critic, agrees. “[Several entries] represent some of the best designs that I can remember. With the right mix of design, prepress and printing, flexo can deliver some of the most effective packaging in retail.” TECHNOLOGY’S TOUCH Several judges cite best industry practices and process controls as contributing to desirable print outcomes. Curt Smith, Luminite, who judged mid web level of execution, Judges, Narrow Web: Front row, L-R: Bill Enright, Mark Andy; Cayleigh Nichols, Prairie State Group; Don Earl, Overnight Labels. Back row, L-R: Doug Nelson, Carol Harrison, CTS Industries; Bob Loescher, ACTEGA-WIT. Judges, Wide Web Process: Front row, L-R: Karen Daniels, Georgia Pacific; Thomas Klein, tesa tape. Back row, L-R: Bart Wright, Colormasters, LLC; Dale Cargal, Sealed Air Corp.; Jean Engelke, Kodak; and Dan Reilly, Flint Group. Judges, Preprint and Combined Corrugated: L-R: Scott Gehrt, FVTC; Tony Falcone, Temple-Inland; Tim Esselman, Castle Rock; Maureen Armstrong, Smurfit Stone; Dianna Winfrey, Sun Chemical; and Bob Dauses, Mark Trece. Judges, Envelopes, Students, Newspaper and Self-Promotion: Front row L-R: Andy Schipke, Winkler & Dunnebier; George Brigham, Worcester Envelope; Michelle Surerus, Appalachian State University. Back row, L-R: Mike Taylor, ALC Group; Bettylyn Krafft, Phoenix Challenge; Scott Ruscetta, INX International. 14 FLEXO MAY 2011 www.flexography.org
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