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FLEXO Magazine : March 2012
This sentiment was shared by a number of judges, including Taylor, who believes flexo is right on the heels of gravure. He explains: “It is becoming harder to tell the difference between flexo and gravure without looking at it with a loop. From an arms-length, you can’t tell which is which.” Many judges were also impressed: “ We saw some excellent designs this year—not only creatively—but designed to be executed well with flexo,” said Bob Dauses, one of the 2012 awards judges. One of the major highlights of this year’s competition was the usage of high definition flexo. The ability of these new plates to deliver brilliant print- ing throughout the entire tonal range, including stunning highlights, constant mid-tones, and even gradients was on display at this year’s competition. “Last year, there were few that stood out in wide web with higher line counts. The percentage is higher this year with the expanded use of HD technol- ogy,” maintained Mullins. “T his is the second year that overall difficulty and quality have taken a sizeable step up. What I’m hoping for is a common sense approach to the application of new technology. And we’re starting to see what can happen.” A special thanks goes to the 2012 judges: Cayleigh Nichols, Prairie State Group; Karen Blumel, ASL Print FX; Don Earl, Overnight Labels; Bob Loe- scher, ACTEGA-WIT; Colleen Twomey, California Polytechnic State University; Doug Nelson, Flexo Technologies; James Stone, G3 Enterprises Label; Mark Hemans, Huhtamaki; Paul Zeinert, Anderson & Vreeland Inc.; Ed Dedman, Graymills; Catherine Green, All Print- ing Resources; Blake Wright, Regency Flexographic; Scott McLeod, Robbie Fantastic Flexibles; Tom Cassano, Mac- Dermid Printing Solutions; Brad Ehlers, Berry Plastics; Bettylyn Krafft, Phoenix Challenge; Curt Smith, Luminite. Also: Bill Malm, Harper Corpora- tion of America; Bart Wright, InterFlex Group; Mark Miller, Anagram Interna- tional; Jean Engelke, Eastman Kodak; Mark Coffman, Dixie Graphics; Pam Dorrough, 3M; Mark Causey, Beck Atlanta; Geoff Roznak, Great Northern; Maureen Armstrong, Rock-Tenn; Frank www.flexography.org march 2012 FLEXO 33 What if there Were no more innovators? Since 1971 we have challenged our industry standard. We are Harper. The people that introduced the Ceramic Anilox Roll, the 60o Hex, and the SHARPER System TM . We think things like fidelity, reproduction quality and consistency, matter. We may not be trendy, but we’ll be here tomorrow just like our Anilox Rolls and other products. Which makes them worth every penny. You dig? Find out what’s new today at www.harperimage.com Americas 800.438.3111 firstname.lastname@example.org Europe +49(0) 5221.777 .300 email@example.com Asia 662.138.6122 firstname.lastname@example.org