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FLEXO Magazine : December 2011
• FTA’s President’s Awards recognize two leaders honored for their commitment and drive. Paul Lodewyck, Flint Group, has diligently led the dedicated volunteers at The Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) since 2005. With Lodewyck’s guidance, FQC provides information used by FTA member companies as they build on technical advancements and create new opportunities. His work has contributed to flexo’s significant growth within the worldwide package print- ing marketplace. Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress-now, SGS Interna- tional—and Chair of the FTA Board of Directors, has shared his entrepreneurial expertise in ways that have enhanced the organization’s relevance to the FTA membership. With his involvement, FTA’s awards programs have enjoyed increased recognition as the industry ’s premiere graphics competitions. • Fourth Annual Phoenix Challenge College Competition: Overall Excellence: Dunwoody College of Technology— charged with designing, marketing and printing the promotional graphics for the 2011 Phoenix Challenge Golf Tournament, the students logged long hours; sometimes immediately following internships. And what they may have lacked in capabilities, experience and resources, they made up for with moxie. The Dunwoody team of Matt Christianson, Matt Dade, Mitch Hanson, Marry Johnson, and DJ Ricker were chosen as the overall winners of the competition, but every team gained invaluable experience. Excellence in Research and Concept: Clemson Univer- sity—Joel Engelberth, Drew McWhorter, Nicole Meares, Ashley Robinson, David Stokes Excellence in Graphics and Execution: University of Central Missouri—Marie Abolt, Kimberly Curtis, Re- becca Ellis, Misty Sharp, Jessica Taylor • First Place, International Phoenix Challenge High School Flexo Competition: Sharon Mai and Chong Wang, Gor- don Graydon Memorial Secondary School, Mississauga, ON, Canada. The two took home the prize at the 14th annual international competition, which took place at the Harper National Flexographic Center at Central Pied- mont Community College in Charlotte, NC. This was the fifth straight victory for Gordon Graydon students. Second Place: Li-Anne Chang and Elina Shafigullina of Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School Third place: Monica Manalo and Amber Peet of Bergen County Technical School in Teterboro, NJ • 11th Annual FTA Environmental Excellence Awards for Process Improvement: Paragon Label, Petaluma, CA and Prairie State Group, Franklin Park, IL. Paragon Label’s efforts are far-reaching within the facility. 100 percent of Paragon’s yearly solid waste is recycled. The company also cut energy use by retrofitting its lighting system, as well as using sustain- able practices in landscaping to cut water use by 50 percent in four years. Moreover, Paragon formed a “Green Team,” an employee committee that meets two FTA TO DAY Excellence & Innovation Award-Winning Printer, Press & Prepress System Put to the Test By Robert Moran Job # 100114. The ticket reads 1108 FLEXOCover. Pa- rametersstate,“4/4withcoldfoiladhesiveandtactile varnish.” AtPublishers PrintingCo., Shepherdsville,KY,thework orderdoesnotscreamout,“This isnoordinaryflexojob!” Instead,itspecifies arrivalonSept.16andsetsTuesday,Sept. 20,2011astherundate.Quantiyis17,000sheetedpieces. Dimensionforeachsheet:19-in. longX12.5-in. wide. Detailsofthecomplexityoftheworkathand,laidoutfar earlier, are nowclearlyunderstood by all.Giventheactivityin thepressroom, evenbefore8:00am—specifically thenumber ofvisitorsturningout—itisapparentthatthewholeindustry is watching,andwithgood reasontoo. Thisrelativelynewflexoestablishment,withjustunderone year’slabelandpackagingprintingexperience,facesthe chargeoforchestratingalivedemonstrationofcutting-edge flexotechnology.Theexpectation:quality,consistent,repeat- SPECTACULAR RESULTSINA SINGLESHIFT • FLEXO’scoverproject amountstoa demonstration of award-winning technologiesandaward-winning executionontheproductionfloor. • It showcases capabilitiesofthe2011Narrow Web BestofShowprinter, as wellas thetwoFlexographic TechnicalAssociation2011Technical Innovation Award winners. • Thethemeforthejob,“Colorin Focus,”is sharedby FTA’s 2011Fall Conference. • Specialeffectsonthe17,000sheetedpieces—em- bossing,cold foiling,tactilevarnishing. • Ourindustry’s expectation:quality, consistent,print; plusminimalwaste, quicksetupandstate-of-the-art operating efficiencies. 50 FLEX O OcTOBe R 2011 www.flexography.org FAll cOnfeRence EDiTiOn coveronpress. Monitoringthe job onpress. ableprint resultsthatofcourse, mustbeachievedwithminimal waste,quicksetupandstate-of-the-artoperatingefficiencies. FLEXO’sOctobercoverprojectamounts toademonstration ofaward-winningtechnologiesandaward-winningexecu- tionontheproductionfloor. Itshowcasescapabilities ofthe 2011NarrowWebBestofShowprinter, as wellasthetwo FlexographicTechnicalAssociation2011TechnicalInnovation Awardwinners: • MacDermid PrintingSolution’s LUXplatemakingsystem. • MarkAndy’s PerformanceSeriesP7press. WithdebutsettocoincidewithFTA’sFallConference,Oct. 10-12inSt.Louis,theprevailingthemeforthejobissetas well,“ColorinFocus.” PLAY-BY-PLAY Step# 1:Securethebuy-inofthethreeawardwinners.The dealwassealedimmediately aftertheMay2011awards presentations.Infact,it wasbeingtalked aboutby all majorplayersevenbeforeFFTA’s 2011AnnualForumand INFO*FLEX Exhibitionconcluded. Step#2:Confabandcoordinationbeginswithselectionof impactfulimages,designandapprovaloftheFallConference logoandassemblyoftheindividualelementsintoasinglepiece. Theartfileiscarefullyconstructedby FTA’s andFLEXO’s GraphicDesignerKatieDuboisandittriggers a meeting of theminds betweenallplayers.Discussionhonesinonhowto accentuatecolorthroughmeticulous incorporationof special effects.Participantslistoutasfollows: FromPublishersPrinting:DanWeber, vicepresident sales; Chris Calhoun, flexoprepress;SteveHolzknecht,production manager;Cortney Etherton, flexosalesmanager, BrettGen- try,labelpackagingdivisionestimator;andCassyLuckett, customerservice. RepresentingMark Andy:Mary Sullivan, directorglobal marketing;BillEnright,print services. AtMacDermidPrintingSolutions:HeatherBarrett,director ofmarketing;DanFry,directorofproduct management. DixieGraphicscontingent:MarkCoffman, sales;LynnJerni- gan, customerservice manager. Afollow-upcallinvolvesthePublishersPrinting,Dixie Graphics andFLEXO teamsandtheinitialandfinalartwork The coverprojectprintteam,fromfrontright:Tony Thornberry,pressoperator;DwightThurman, pressoperator;BrianMcNay,pressassistant;Steve Holzknecht,productionmanager;BradNorris, pressassistant.Back row, L-R:DanFry,MacDermidPrintingSolutions;PamDorrough,3M;Mark Coffman, DixieGraphics. Liftingembossingcassette into the pre s s. Thorn ber ry pos iti ons a nilox roll onpress. Thornberry removes lint/dust fromplate. www.flexography.org oCToB eR 2011 FLEXO 51 52 FLEXO december 2011 www.flexography.org