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FLEXO Magazine : March 2012
march 2012 VOLUME 37, NO. 3 In This Issue 18 Pressing Issues INDUSTrY INDIcaTOrS Industry Indicators PRESSIng ISSuES Sun Chemical Solutions to Showcase Hd Tech at InFO*FLEX ‘12 New technology previews, people on the move, and a Phoenix Challenge update are included in this news round up. 18 FTa TODaY FTA TODAY The wait is over! The results of the 2012 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards have been compiled. One thing is certain: creativity and technology are uniting to create spectacular work. Thirty-six judges dissected nearly 500 submissions and awarded 130 medals including eight “Best of Show” awards. This issue is dedicated to the best in the world of flexo. 20 hall of Fame Robert Moran Drawn to the print shop with magnetic force, Al Bowers has been advocating standardization of printing processes for 30+ years. 20 International and The Label Printers as the recipients of the 12th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. 24 Environmental Excellence FTA is proud to announce Promoflex 24 Al with wife Lori and son Andy at a recent Lions vs. Packers game at Lambeau Field. Al Bowers, FTA’s 2012 Hall of Fame inductee with his ever-present coffee in hand. Call Him “Al,” “Altruistic,” or “Fritz”; His Passion is Packaging Bowers is 50th Inductee Into FTA Hall of Fame By Robert Moran BOWERS ON THE BUSINESS • “The priority: maintain the advantages flexography has established in cost, productivity and versatility over other printing processes. Improve resolution and consistency.”—2001 • “Small file formats allowing off-site content for onsite platemaking will allow flexographic printing to advance to the next level.”—2002 • “Color profiling and digital workflow calibration have improved the quality and cost advantage of flexo.”—2003 • “Optimizing colors, beyond CMYK requires collaboration with ink and roll manufacturers.”—2011 • “Brand owners now have the opportunity to make packaging designs more eye-catching and save waste in printing them.”—2011 FLEXO MARcH 2012 tion’s Hall of Fame. He’s been practicing his craft for decades. First attracted to a print shop in high school, he evolved into a soldier-printer. After three years of active duty, he enrolled in Western Michigan University’s Print Management Program on the GI Bill. There, once again, he was drawn to the print shop with magnetic force. A printer-turned-prepress-expert, he now dabbles in design and has long been an advocate for the consumer product company. As a champion of standards, he is a forbearer of FIRST and staunch proponent of printing to the numbers. Some know him as flexography’s Walmart connection and describe Bentonville, AR, as his near second home. When he picks up a package and glances at it, he instantly knows who it was printed by and where it was printed. He’s fascinated by flexography—its fundamentals and its flashiest complex image statements. F www. f le xography. org rom files and formats to platemaking and prepress, no one understands package production better than the 50th inductee into the Flexographic Technical Associa- hALL OF FAmE Al and Lori Bowers. PARSIPPANY, NJ: Sun Chemical will showcase innovative products for flexible packaging printers who are looking for new ways to help their customers at INFO*FLEX 2012, set for San Antonio, TX, March 19-20. Visitors to Booth #425 will be introduced to high-definition digital plate technology that provides sharper images than standard plates, specialty inks that please nearly all the human senses, and coatings that facilitate production of lightweight packaging, maintain integrity, and reduce waste. PEOPLE & POSITIOnS Rogovein Retires Following Five decades With Tension Corp. KANSAS CITY, MO: Mike Rogovein, a familiar face to many in the printing, packaging and converting community, caps out a 50+ year career as a flexographer this very month, as he retires from Tension Envelope, Feb. 29, 2012. He joined the firm in October 1961 in its St. Louis, MO, plant, and built a career, rising from machinist to chief engineer. In 1963, Mike transferred to Kansas City and began working in the engineering department. In 1972, he assumed the position he would hold for 38+ years. Under his watchful eyes, Tension Envelope came to embrace environmental sustainability—a passion throughout his career. Mike was instrumental in Tension winning the 2002 FTA Environmental Excellence Award. He even served as moderator for the 2000 National Environmental Health and Safety Conference in Cincinnati, OH. Born and raised in Kansas City, Mike attended Purdue University and later earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Denver. With his wife Laurel, Mike has a daughter, Sarah, and two sons, Matthew and Danny. He is now the proud grandfather of four. In addition to his love of family, Mike’s leisure pursuits include photography, golf, sports and community service. He is also a collector of Kansas City postcards and folklore. Flint Readies new Tech for InFO*FLEX 2012 CHARLOTTE, NC: Visitors at the upcoming FTA Annual Forum 2012 and INFO*FLEX Exhibition to be held March 18 – 21, 2012, in San Antonio, TX, will view a comprehensive showcase from Flint Group with products ranging from flexographic printing plates, sleeves/adapters through to its comprehensive portfolio of packaging and narrow web inks. Flint Group Flexographic Products division will debut its new and innovative nyloflex® NExT exposure technology for producing precise image reproduction as well as flat top dots, providing all the benefits linked to this structure, including increased tonal range, expanded utilization of surface textures to greatly improve ink lay down, and solid ink density. Flint Group Packaging and Narrow Web will be on hand to discuss the latest in inks and coatings available for flexographic printing—water-based, solvent based and UV curable inks, coatings, and specialty products. Printers can also learn how to enhance their packaging production with the new solvent based ink systems PamioStar™ Outdoor. nelson Joins Flexo Technologies SOUTH EL MONTE, CA: Doug Nelson has joined Flexo Technologies as vice president of its narrow web ink division. Doug brings the company more than 30 years of experience in the narrow web industry, with most of his tenure being involved on the ink side of the business. Cusdin Joins AV Flexologic ALPHEN, THE NETHERLANDS: AV Flexologic b.v., manufacturer of an extensive range of prepress equipment, based in Atlanta, GA, recently welcomed aboard George B Cusdin. USA. He was appointed technical support and applications engineer. Cusdin worked for the European division of W. R. Grace photopolymers for 18 years as senior design engineer; for both the polymer manufacturing plant and end use curing systems for the flexographic printing industry. He became its U.S. senior applications engineer for five years, when he transferred to the USA in 1990. 4 Colors - and FLEXO march 2012 www. f le xography. org Only One Black nd FTA TODAY The Label Printers, Aurora, IL Photo courtesy of The Label Printers Two Companies Stand Out in the FTA Environmental Excellence Award Competition Honoring the Environmentally Conscious program. Promoflex International, St. Leonard, QC, Canada, took top honors in the competition and The Label Printers, Aurora, IL, earned an honorable mention. F “Being a first time judge for this contest, I was amazed at how much manufactures have done to bring their sustainability efforts to the forefront of their businesses,” comments ExEmplary EnvironmEntal impacts • This year’s top honoree, Promoflex International, offers cutting-edge, ecological and customizable display solutions • The Montreal-based plant has reduced its overall carbon footprint by 30 tons per year • Promoflex joined the EnviroClub program that groups 10 companies, and offers training and counseling to help reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions • The Label Printers, this year’s honorable mention designee, has evolved into one of the 100 top converters in the United States • Through an interdepartmental program, The Label Printers has reduced wastewater generation by more than 1,000,000 gallons per year FLEXO mArCH 2012 lexographic Technical Association (FTA) is proud to announce that this year it is recognizing two companies in the 12th Annual FTA Environmental Excellence Award George Fickau, Coating Excellence International. “These high achieving contestants have made selecting the contest winner difficult; requiring a lengthy discussion among the judges to share their thoughts on each applicant’s success stories in detail.” PROMOFLEX INTERNATIONAL Promoflex International is a nearly 50-year-old flexographic printer employing more than 50 people at its 20,000-sq. ft. facility. Using three flexo presses, the company offers cuttingedge, ecological and customizable display solutions. The firm prints easy to install and carry roll flexible banners, string pennants and crowd flags. Promoflex believes in the need to protect the environment and has set two main objectives: • Prevent pollution by reducing the amount of waste generated by its production cycle and undertake a complete recycling process for the various components involved • Raise the environmental awareness of Promoflex’s workforce toward issues by providing staff with adequate training and by implementing an efficient internal communication network to promote its philosophy To reduce its environmental footprint, Promoflex joined the EnviroClub program. This program groups 10 companies from the same Montreal region and offers training and counseling to help reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Promoflex’s actions center around The Five R’s: Replace, Reduce, Reuse, Recover and Recycle. www. f le xography. org 26 Practically Difficult, Visually Stunning FTA TODAY Steve Deering FTA HeAdquArTers & FLeXO ediTOriAL, AdverTising, subscriber services 3920 Veterans Memorial Hwy Ste 9 Bohemia NY 11716-1074 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PubLisHer robert Moran, ext. 17 email@example.com AssOciATe ediTOr steve deering, ext. 31 firstname.lastname@example.org direcTOr OF business deveLOPMenT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 email@example.com educATiOn direcTOr Joe Tuccitto firstname.lastname@example.org grAPHic/Web designer Katie dubois email@example.com FLEXO® Magazine (ISSN-1051-7324) is published monthly by the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association. Address all correspondence to FLEXO® Magazine, 3920 Veterans Memorial Hwy Ste 9 Bohemia NY 11716-1074. Telephone: 631-737-6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright ©2012. All rights reserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 U.S./$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 U.S./$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 U.S./$170 foreign. Single copies: $7 U.S./$10 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Bohemia, NY 11716, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXO® Magazine, 3929 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 9, Bohemia, NY 11716-1074, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXO® Magazine is the of- ficial journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance flexographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXO® Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA. The wait is over! Results of the 2012 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards have been compiled and one thing is certain: creativity and technology are uniting to create some spectacular work. 26 38 President’s awards Sean Teufler, Harper Graphic Solutions, and Lon Robinson, Tension Envelope, are recognized for their continuing contributions to FTA, its members and the industry at large. 38 Reality Flexo & Real-World Print— Practically Difficult, Visually Stunning 2012 FTA Excellence Awards Competition Recap By Steve Deering T he wait is over! Results of the 2012 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards have been compiled. One thing is certain: creativity and technology are uniting to create some spectacular work. The competition, held Jan. 8-10, in Islandia, NY, aimed to rate the execution and degree of PREMIUM FLEXO • Four and seven color process built jobs create packaging that has more of a “Wow!” factor • Outstanding quality of work was achieved on some very unstable substrates • Printers are realizing that technology can be applied to more historical line counts with better “arm’s length” results than at higher line count • This year’s contest was extremely competitive – much more parity between entries • There was a significant quality improvement in process reproduction and highlight quality, especially in the mid web, napkins and paperboard categories. • Design and creativity made the winners this year FLEXO mARCh 2012 difficulty of nearly 500 submissions from every flexographic segment. Thirty-six volunteer judges dissected entries from all over the world, laboring and debating until late in the evening to determine which pieces exhibited the most innovative work from the flexo world. The analysis resulted in 130 awards; including 36 gold medals, 37 silver medals, 46 bronze medalists and three self-promotion awardees. When the dust settled, the following entries—all gold medalists already—rose to the top, earning the title “Best of Show,” in their respective classes: • Ampac Paper Inc. for P.S. Aéropostale Happy Fun Day Shopping Bag • Plastic Packaging Inc. for Disney Take Along Treat • Labelad Ltd. for Southern Comfort® Zombies Label • Golden Era Group for Kellogg›s® Honey Cereal Box Voodoo, Vampire, Corn Flakes with Real • Paper and Design GmbH for Just Refreshing Napkin • Advance Packaging Corp. for Mastronardi Produce Ltd. Gourmet Greenhouse Vegetables Tray • Rock-Tenn Co. for Greens Garden Kit • Encore Envelopes Ltd. For Club Med Envelope www. f le xography. org FTA TODAY Diverse Leadership Skills Recognized in 2012 President’s Award Recipients Lon Robinson III, Sean Teufler are Staunch Proponents of Association Mission A s each Forum approaches, the FTA management team takes pleasure in selecting worthy individuals for its coveted President’s Award. Recipients of this honor are a select group of people who have demonstrated the truest sense of volunteerism during the recent past. The FTA President’s Award is the result of a collaborative selection process that takes into consideration a variety of factors—all focusing on individuals who have demonstrated a strong support of the core values that FTA/FFTA espouses. The first recipient this year represents a relatively small, yet vibrant, market segment within the FTA membership ranks. Lon Robinson III of Tension Corp. (recently renamed from Tension Envelope Corp. commemorating the company’s 125th anniversary) has been called upon in a number of different capacities to lend his technical and leadership expertise…and he has never let us down! As a staunch believer and proponent of FIRST, Lon’s involvement on the 4.0 project included contributions to the book’s content from the envelope industry’s perspective. Speaking on the topic at FFTA’s Fall Conference in 2010 and working to develop a strong, collaborative relationship between FTA and the Envelope Manufacturers Association (EMA), Lon has also been instrumental in securing EMA’s commitment to customizing FFTA’s training curriculum delivered via the TEST Virtual Campus for its membership. Currently serving on both the FTA Board of Directors and FFTA Board of Trustees, Lon holds the officer position of Vice Chair Project Evaluations. Having worked his way through the judging process in the Excellence in Flexography Awards Competition, he also now serves on the Awards Committee. In addition to all this, Lon is simply a really nice guy and good friend to the FTA! This year’s second President’s Award recipient has become a mainstay within FTA/FFTA’s volunteer network through his activity on a wide variety of programs. Sean Teufler of Harper Graphic Solutions, a division of Harper Corporation of America, is one of those strong, disciplined leaders who brings “efficiency” to every project. As co-chair to this year’s upcoming FFTA Fall Conference—Efficiency in Flexography: Connecting the Dots—the event’s theme represents an ideal reflection of Sean’s philosophy in business. His primary goal in leading this conference is producing a program where “attendees walk away with increased knowledge, skills and tools that improve their profitability, productivity and survival.” The research activities of FFTA’s Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) have also attracted Sean’s interests as he has led the very successful “ink spitting” project over the past few years. His article in last month’s issue of FLEXO summarizes the findings of this informative project providing a wealth of important data on this pervasive flexo phenomenon. With print trials being run at Clemson University, and active involvement from Fox Valley Technical College in addition to Clemson, Sean is right in his element when he’s on campus as a very strong proponent and supporter of flexo education at all levels. Sean’s educational drive is also evident in his personal commitment to professional development. Dating back to the National Council for Skill Standards in Graphic Communications in 2004, he achieved Certified Flexographic Press Operator status. As of today, he’s successfully completed the FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification program this past year. Way to go Sean…your energy & drive are certainly commendable! Congratulations to this year’s President’s Award honorees. Here’s hoping we’re writing about you next year! Lon Robinson III Sean Teufler FLEXO MARch 2012 www. f le xography. org