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FLEXO Magazine : November 2011
“Incredible,” is how Melissa Self, Vitex Packaging, de- scribed the proceedings. Tom Philips of Yerecic Label pro- claimed, “Seeing the results of implementing specifications and protocols from substrate to press, prepress and design-- on a large scale--was inspiring.” Jim Kennedy, Clear Lam Packaging, stated, “Fall Confer- ence was very insightful. It had great content, excellent take- aways, good market information on flexible packaging and productivity inputs; plus good material on troubleshooting for FIRST and TEST.” Suppliers also voiced praise. Bob Mullen, Sun Chemical said, “Great sessions. Experienced and forthright comments. “ Kurt Flathmann, Bobst Group, remarked, “Extraordinarily complex subject reduced down to relatively simple concepts.” Exhibitors also voiced satisfaction. Neil Surber, Harper Corporation of America, commented, “Harper found it to be the best attended FTA Fall Conference in years. The speak- ers were excellent. It’s always nice to have an opportunity to network with co-suppliers and customers, but the best is meeting new prospects. Thank you for organizing an excel- lent conference and we look forward to attending the Annual Forum in San Antonio. ” From an educational standpoint, Michelle Surerus, an in- structor at Appalachian State University, commented, “Wow! All sessions were very engaging and interesting. They offered great balance and real-world data. The proceedings were awesome and contained so much useful information. Fall Conference filled in a lot of gaps, some I did not know I had about basic color theory. I can’t wait to share what I learned with my students!” And finally, consumer product company representatives pointed to awesome detail on Wal-Mart’s Packaging scorecard and how the plan was created. One said, “Great, practical knowledge. Tons of information. Informative and thought -pro- voking. ” Another CPC said, “We got the message. Packaging development is a process from sourcing to destination.” n Editor’s Note: FLEXO’s October 2011 Fall Conference edition contained a series of articles previewing the proceedings. Features included “Matching Custom Brand Colors on Press,” “Print Management Protocol,” and “Color Communica- tion and ICC Profiling.” A fourth offering, “Leaner, Greener, Meaner: Combating the Seven Deadly Sins of Waste,” spoke to how converters can successfully adopt the Lean principles outlined in St. Louis. FTA President Mark Cisternino thanks Fall Conference Chairs Mark Mazur and Dan Collins. Marshall Hogenson, OEC Graphics, emcee. Al Bowers, RR Donnelly, briefed printers on Wal-Mart’s Score Card qualification criteria. Color, curves, dots and expanded gamut printing possibilities dominated the discussion in the opening session. Features speakers were Mark Samworth and Richard Black. 24 FLEXO nOvEMBER 2011 www.flexography.org FLX_November11.indd 24 11/8/11 3:53 PM