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FLEXO Magazine : May 2011
FTA TODAY Differences are often more related to how different printers do work, than they are to the mechanics of the process.” Samworth, along with Mazur, were recognized for their work on Project FOG and their significant contributions to the industry and presented with the 2002 FTA President’s Award. MARK ON MARK According to Mazur, Samworth’s frequent collaborator on projects and presentations, Samworth has had a tremendous impact on flexography. “In 1995, Mark introduced flexo to color management and digital proofing. To- day we all take it for granted and use it all the time. Then, no one heard of color management. Nobody thought digital technology could work for flexo,” he says. “Mark’s understanding of technol- ogy led to developments like stochastic screening, which has allowed us to generate screens that work extremely well in flexo. He demonstrated for us exactly how screens done by software engineers, or computer, can create proper patterns and proper grids that look smooth and consistent in flexo. ” He notes Samworth’s influence on shaping the industry. “ His contributions are huge! Mark Samworth has helped push flexo forward beyond ‘this side up’ and now he has us doing high- quality flexo work with better graphics and high-quality photopolymer that has moved us away from rubber,” he says. “Mark simply never stops work- ing. Years ago, while installing a digital scanner, I recall him jogging through the room at 7:00 am, stopping and turn- ing on the proofer, kicking off a proof and jogging right out. I’ve seen a similar scene play out many times over. There is no downtime with Mark Samworth.” Samworth’s enthusiasm is seemingly boundless, Mazur adds. “ He lives every day to the fullest, while always pressing himself and his fellow flexographers to do a better job. His argument, voiced to me early in my career, was ‘Our job is to make sure nothing but the absolute best comes out of this lab. Sometimes a customer doesn’t know what he or she wants.’ His commitment to quality is always the highest there is. ” Mazur recalls how his first-ever con- tact with Samworth, a simple phone call about how to use office software, led to Samworth developing a three-day in- ternal seminar on print reproduction for flexography. “It was probably the best three days I spent in flexo,” Mazur says. “ We ran scanners, proofers, orchestrat- ed color corrections—the works.” Turning his thoughts to the present, Mazur adds, “Mark’s patent on plate cell patterning was a great patent. It’s used a lot. People don’t yet appreciate how good the current expanded color gamut products that he has developed are. ” Samworth’s other major accomplish- ments include work with FTA’s FIRST Committee to develop standards and early test targets for color manage- ment. Mazur sums up Samworth’s career to date as a force for change in the industry. “ Mark helped drive color management into the flexo market— ICC profiles, etc. He helped pioneer all of that technology.” n www.flexography.org mAY 2011 FLEXO 139 Make every second count. You need to see this incredibly rapid changeover to believe it. It’s the ultimate in workflow acceleration, driving higher margins and slashing waste. Short run flexo now makes sense. It’s efficient. It’s profitable. Go to markandy.com/secondscount w w w.markandy.com
Sustainable Spring 2011