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FLEXO Magazine : August 2011
www.flexography.org AUGUST 2011 FLEXO 21 Session 5: Controlling Color on Press brings three great speakers you may not know. Son Do will talk about proof- ing white ink. Sean Teufler will sum- marize FQC (Flexo Quality Consortium) work done to understand ink spitting and Randy Freeman will bring us up-to- date on in-line color measurement. That leaves just one speaker I have not yet mentioned, Paul Brauss. At any other conference Paul would be the key- note speaker. Paul is president of Mark Andy Inc., an expert in Lean manufac- turing, a proven leader and a dynamic speaker. Beyond that, I can only say it is an honor that he has agreed to speak at this conference. Additional details about all individual presenters and their topics can be found in the conference brochure (hint: it's tipped-in to this issue of FLEXO) or you can visit FTA's website at www. flexography.org. While you're there, you can register as well. WAIT, THERE'S MORE Every FTA event I have attended, my focus has been on the technical program. As co-chair, I must admit this is again true. But it has not gone unnoticed that the tabletop exhibits are also a very important part of the confer- ence, which grows every year. Because it is a smaller conference than the FFTA Annual Forum, FTA's Fall Conference is somewhat unique. Suppliers tend to send more geeks and less sales (I am going to be in trouble for that one). This is really the best opportunity to delve into the details with those geeks. I don't know if you have ever tried to talk to Mark Samworth during the Forum, but it's like trying to get an audience with the pope. At the Fall Conference, you can actually sit down with Mark and have him answer questions. Of course it still helps to bring an IPA. I am very serious about flexography and its technology, but you should also know that I believe you can never take anything too seriously; you have to have some fun at the same time. For that reason we will be adding one more twist to this year's Fall Conference, Marshall Hogenson will be the emcee for the program. What does that mean? You'll have to show up to find out. FINAL THOUGHTS I am often asked "Do you think I should attend (insert conference name here)?" We live in a time where everything has to be justified and ROI is measured in days and months, not years. I'm not saying this is bad, in fact, I agree we do need to justify every expenditure. That is why this has been foremost in our minds from the very first planning meeting. I can honestly say that this program features the best collection of lead- ing experts in flexography. You'll learn what's new, what's driving the industry, how to implement it, and how to plan for the future. There is no better investment than investing in knowledge. And by the way, there will be ribs....After all, it is St. Louis.