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FLEXO Magazine : February 2012
Charting the Course: FQC in aCtion 1992-2012 “ In today ’s competitive and uncertain marketplace, it ’s no longer enough to meet our customers’ needs. Instead, we must exceed them. By sharing our knowledge and exper- tise, we can make flexography an even better and more profitable industry. With this ideal in mind, the Flexo Quality Consortium is here this morning. “ While flexography today is one of the fastest growing and most widely used printing processes in the world, I wasn’t too long ago that flexo was considered the low-cost, low- quality printing method. Over the last decade, however, an explosion of changes occurred that revolutionized our industry.” — Gwen Chen, DuPont packaging Graphics, speaking at Forum 1992 and outlining objectives she shared with FQC origination team members: David Argent, CZ Inks; Steve Cushner, DuPont; Mike McPherron, Union Carbide; Jeff Quadland and Steve Utschig, Fox Valley Technical College. Mission stateMent 2012 The Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC), acting as a select standing committee of the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), aims to provide the membership with a better understanding of the factors controlling the quality of the flexographic printing process. FQC projects investigate selected process variables in order to further develop reproducible process concepts that will allow for measurable advancements in flexographic printing technology. FQC actively participates in the global graphic standards committees and associations in researching and representing the flexographic printing process and FIRST. Want to get involved? FQC is always looking for contributors, if you are interested in participating in a project please contact Rose McKernon firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. • Consistent print performance • Eliminates press bounce • Fewer press adjustments • Maintain solids & diminish dot gain A microscopic look at R/bak® PSA2 Open-cell urethanes. (Magnified 100x) EMAIL: email@example.com • WEBSITE: www.rogerscorp.com/rbak The Difference is the Cushion • Consistent print performance Rogers’ open-cell polyurethane cushion mounting tapes offer the solutions to provide: R/bak® PSA Ta pes SEE US AT BOOTH #506 www.flexography.org february 2012 FLEXO 67