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FLEXO Magazine : December 2011
out to a wide variety of talent to make sure we had a cohesive and exciting program. MULLEN: I have been so pleased with the direction that FTA has taken to ensure that the organization maintains its historical integrity, while continuing to re- define the message and reinvigorate its membership. The role of FTA has always been to educate the mem- bership in the flexographic process. I see this year ’s agenda as an aggressive step to keep the member- ship current with what is happening in the field. We mentioned FOG’D and you should not miss it. Keep in mind that we also have discussions on FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances) and the increasing movement toward con- siderably higher press speeds and the needs inherent in such a move. Talk will turn to the use of expanded gamut technology, as well as the quest for operational excellence and how both can be translated into real- time actions for your companies. On Saturday, we have a full day set aside for an in- depth look at the work of the Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC), the research arm of FTA. This FQC day and a later FQC session will speak to specific projects taken on to examine the nuances of new technology. FLEXO: Would you like to comment on the host city from the perspective of what’s in store for Forum delegates? BUTLER: Millions of people visit the River Walk each year to enjoy this unusual urban sanctuary that winds along the San Antonio River in central San Antonio, one story below the bustling street level. The lush landscapes, quaint pathways, tinkling waterfalls, quiet pools, outdoor art and relaxing outdoor patios evoke the renowned public spaces of Europe. What started as the vision of a young architect, in 1929, has grown, over the decades, into one of the world’s most distinctive meeting places. The River Walk is one of the must-see attractions in the State of Texas. We believe FTA members will enjoy the best Forum yet and experience it in a lovely city full of flair. MULLEN: This answer is easy! San Antonio—great weather, the River Walk, some Texas history and the FTA! I am from Chicago. Come March, I’m going to be in San Antonio to enjoy the warmth, have some fun and learn a bit more. Please, come join us! FLEXO: Let’s turn to program notes. From a personal per- spective, what do you believe will likely be Forum 2012’s highlight for you? Similarly, what take-aways will prove beneficial to a printer? Can you answer the same question with a CPC, designer and prepress tech in mind? BUTLER: It’s difficult to capture, compare and rank the importance of all the things we are going to deliver to this Forum. We are bringing to the industry emerging trends and new technologies. A panel of distinguished industry leaders will be speaking about what the flexo landscape looks like today, as compared to other print technologies. We are speaking on the subject of the extended gamut print process, the companies adopt- ing it, and its pros and cons. The FQC program will enlighten the interested on how and why the process will improve. You just can’t miss this one! FLEXO: If you had to pick one can’t-miss session from a printer’s perspective, what would it be? Similarly, what ses- sion is a must-attend for a CPC and why? BUTLER: I believe the printer has multiple choices from extended gamut to high-speed printing. The 44 FLEXO december 2011 www.flexography.org