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FLEXO Magazine : April 2012
2009; and Excellence in Research and Graphics in 2010. Ryerson University took the honors in the concept and graphics category. The students of Ryerson had also won the Excellence in Execution award in 2009 and 2010. Clemson University took home its third Phoenix Challenge award: first place for research. The Tigers had also earned awards in research and concept in 2011. Perennial contender Dunwoody College of Technology captured the award for execution. This award marks Dunwoody ’s fifth honor in the five-year- old competition. The Minneapolis-based technical school won for Overall Excel- lence in 2008, 2010 and 2011 as well as took home an Excellence in Execution in 2009. COMPETITOR COMMENTARIES Despite the tight budgets, shrinking time constraints and some unknown substrates, the students all worked diligently to produce quality work and hone their flexo skills. Their passion and dedication can be clearly heard when they talk about their respective presen- tation. Students had many insights into the contest including the joys, difficulties and what it was like to work as a team. “ Our program at Western Michigan University is small,” explained one undergraduate. “ We are a close-knit group and everyone’s individual knowl- edge was instrumental in completing the project.” “ Market and technical research, teamwork and practice with an open mind for constructive criticism led to an excellent learning opportunity,” re- marked one Eastern Kentucky Univer- sity student. “ T he team format was great,” ex- claimed one student from Appalachian State University. “ T his type of competi- tion would not be possible without help. Working with a team helps expose us to future working environments. Our team worked off each other’s strengths and weaknesses for the best possible solution.” With every competition, there will always be unforeseen difficulties. This year’s Phoenix Challenge was no dif- ferent. “Printing on dissolvable sub- strates” was probably the most difficult commented another Western Michigan student. But camaraderie proved crucial. “ Even when times were difficult, someone was always able to bring the team’s spirit back.” Other students observed that the lack of resources or proper equipment put serious strain on their groups but made the competition exciting as well as a valuable learning experience. “ Due to our resources, there was some halo and ghosting that we simply didn’t know how to fix. What we learned will help us in the future.” RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT During this year ’s competition, research was key. Many students revealed that a lot of hours were spent on researching the project as well as previous year’s contests in the months prior to the competition. “ We performed an extensive amount of research in the few months we had be- www.flexography.org april 2012 FLEXO 29 866.282.7697 | fx 800.223.6869 ww w.AndVre.com | info@AndVre.com Your Location Our Location Online Flexo Training & Technologies get social theDiffe r ence! Experience Maximize the effectiveness of your personnel, equipment, software and materials. A&V offers training programs and support designed for every level of flexo experience. Training is offered on-site at your location, at our locations or online (check out Flexo TV on our website where you can instantly watch and learn). • Process/Quality Control • Digital PlateMaking Best Practices • Color Management • Workflow Assistance • Proofing Applications • Press Fingerprinting & Characterization • FlexSys Simulator Training • G7 Certified Expert Training AV 9629 TrainTech_ad.indd 1 3/25/12 2:58:41 PM