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FLEXO Magazine : March 2012
publisher’s ink 16 FleXO march 2012 www.flexography.org FTA TODaY BOARD OF DIRECTORS FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton Greg Collins, C -P Flexible Packaging Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group Peter Hartman, Harper Corporation of America Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. Greg Platt, Southern Graphic Systems Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. Hank Welter, Exopack BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOUNDATION OF FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton Greg Collins, C -P Flexible Packaging Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group Peter Hartman, Harper Corporation of America Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. Greg Platt, Southern Graphic Systems Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. Hank Welter, Exopack PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino EDITORIAL ADvISORy COmmITTEE Richard Cervarich, DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys, Staples Print Solutions John Meyer, Color Resolutions International Dave Nunez, International Paper John Paine, C -P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd. Inspiring Work Winners, winners everywhere! Gold medalists! Silver medalists! Bronze med- alists! From the front cover to back, this issue profiles flexography in all its glory. It’s a salute to people, progress and performance. Packaging, its design, execution, relevance and intricacies are immediately spot- lighted and addressed by the eight Best of Show honorees in FTA’s 2012 Excellence in Flexography Awards competition that are, of course, prominently featured on the front cover. From there, the inside fold-out gatefold introduces the remaining 28 gold award recipients that are pictured facing the complete roster of this year ’s 130 award-winning print jobs. Of note is one major milestone. At the conclusion of the March 18, 2012 Awards Banquet, the number of FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards in circulation will top 4,500. It took 52 years and 17,500+ print samples to get us to this benchmark; one that will soon pass into history as it is eclipsed by future year ’s developments. STAND-OUT SAMPLES Living in this moment, it’s an honor to present the complete awards gallery for inspection, review and even inspiration. It begins on page 39 and encompasses the next 90 pages. Details are furnished where applicable and they speak to technolo- gies utilized, the challenges at hand as well as the techniques and practices ap- plied to triumph over those small and significant adversities. What constitutes stand-out work? We put the question to all 36 judges in the 2012 competition and then compiled their reflections into the piece that begins on page 26. The consensus: small dots, tight register, consistent repeats, well-orchestrated fades, precision engineered flesh tones, embracement of the latest technologies, and adoption of standards, measurements and controls are bettering the quality of print output across all business segments. Difficult pieces transition into defining works. FLEXO’s near cover-to-cover profile portrays skilled flexographers as masters of both art and science. Scan the reports submitted with the entries and you’ll see that many award-winning packages, now printed flexo, were once the purview of offset or gravure. Winning new advocates to our print process is quite an accomplishment and it speaks to FTA’s mission and the passion of its members. PASSION & TRADITION • FLEXO’s been showcasing excellence in flexography since its birth. • FTA’s been staging Excellence in Flexography competitions since 1960. • Annual Forum after Annual Forum (today, that’s 50+) revealed the results. • INFO*FLEX, for 30+ times, has reserved a prime aisle for posting of the award placards that attest to just what flexography can do, where it is today and where it will likely go tomorrow. Undoubtedly, you’ve heard the buzz surrounding the 2012 Forum. Flexo will go head-to-head with the competition on actual commercial print production runs. As finished packages are compared, side-by-side, forecasters are predicting that excellence in flexography will prevail. No surprises there. We’ve said it before and the words bear repeating. In this industry, “No detail is too minor to be addressed in the pursuit of that perfect piece off the press.” Put another way, “Flexo is packaging’s ‘Brand of Choice!’”