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FLEXO Magazine : February 2008
10 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2008 www.flexography.org FTA Announces New Technical Director Bill Pope has come on board to fill the post of technical director. Pope comes to FTA after nine years at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where he served as the technical manager for the Printing Applications Laboratory and adjunct fac- ulty for RIT's School of Print Media. He's also been an instructor for RIT's Industry Education Programs over the years, most recently serving as the lead instructor for various FTA co-sponsored seminars and other custom training. Prior to RIT, Pope spent nine years in Chicago working in the folding carton field gaining experi- ence in web offset, rotogravure, and flexography while working with large consumer products companies in both the production of cartons as well as prod- uct development and quality systems. He received his Bachelor of Science in Printing Systems and Engineering from RIT in 1990, and during his time as a student, completed five quarters of industry-based co-op experience, mostly in packaging applications. It is there that he "caught the bug" of color measurement and control for packaging. "In reflecting on my 20 years in pack- aging, be it in manufacturing or educa- tion, it's always been about color control and consistency," said Pope. "Whether it's pursuing consistent raw materials or developing procedures and practices to control the process, it's been the area that's interested me most, and continues to. It's also what we continue to hear from the consumer products companies as their No. 1 concern. Now, as the technical di- rector for FTA, it will be my mission to work to get everyone in the value chain, from designers to prepress providers to printers/converters to the end customers, to understand their role in the value chain and how they can not only help achieve high levels of quality and consistency, but thrive in terms of productivity and profit- ability by adopting the process control practices developed by the FTA that are so well documented in FIRST. We've done a great job of talking the talk, but it's time to walk the walk." New FTA Sustainability Committee FTA recently established a Sustainable Green Printing Committee. Co-chaired by Debbra Johnson (DuPont Imaging Technologies) and Vikram Lal (Metro Label), this committee encourages and promotes participation in the worldwide movement to achieve economic, social and environmental success through sustain- able green printing practices. It is currently working with its counterparts in other as- sociations to develop the Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership, which will de- fine sustainable green printing and iden- tify steps that help the printing industry to establish manufacturing practices and products that are more sustainable. The full roster of members includes: JoAnn Arceneaux, Cytec Surface Specialties Lori Ashford, Robbie Manufacturing Inc. Don Duncan, Wikoff Color Corp. George Fickau, Coating Excellence International Calvin S. Frost, Channeled Resources Group Jason Grossman, Paragon Label Willard M. Hunter, Prime Graphics Inc. Richard Huntoon Jr., National Envelope Corp. Joseph Ialacci, FlexoCleaners.com Michael Impastato, Flint Group Debbra Johnson, DuPont Imaging Technologies Kenneth Keathley, Environmental Inks & Coatings Corp. Phyllis Kerr, Global Packaging Vikram Lal, Metro Label Co. Ltd. Shane Lauterbach, Lauterbach Group Inc. Allen J. Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Doreen Monteleone, Flexographic Technical Association Kristen Osborne, Clemson University Jon Pollock, Cellotape Inc. Michael Rogovein, Tension Envelope Corp. John Serafano, BASF Corp. Greg Sletager, Landor Associates David Wallack, Weyerhaeuser Co. Gina Waltmire, Phenix Label Co. Inc. For more information on the SGP Partnership, the committee, or related activ- ities, please contact Doreen M. Monteleone, FTA director of EHS and special projects at email@example.com. Education Committee Established A new council of flexographic educa- tion professionals has been established by FFTA. The Foundation's Education Committee will provide high school and collegiate-level representation to the FFTA Board of Trustees and TEST (Technical Education Services Team). Teachers will also nominate students to participate on the committee. John D. Meyer, director of Printing Pilot Plant, Western Michigan University, will chair. For more information or to get in- volved, please contact Joe Tuccitto, FTA education director, at jtuccitto@flexogra- phy.org. Flexo Certified! Twenty-three people recently passed the Level 1 -- Basic Flexo Skills exam: Joshua Beeck, Siegwerk Jeff Brarn, Paper Converting Machine Co. MaryPat Hall, Siegwerk Robert W. Hawes, Web Industries Scott Johnston, Anderson & Vreeland Wanda Jones, Bemis Graphics Scott Kruger, MeadWestvaco Joe Laughlin, Brady Corp. Steve London, Anderson & Vreeland Thomas R. Lucas, Web Industries Fort Wayne Terri Meisel, Kimberly-Clark Stan Moran, MeadWestvaco John Penkal, Brady Corp. Jules B. Pequignot, Web Industries Fort Wayne Robert Pruett, PrintPack Phil Robinson, Kimberly Clark Alice Rosprim, AMPAC Alan Sears, Luminite Products Corp. Kenneth Sheets, Web Industries Fort Wayne Katherine Sudaz, Valley Roller Co. James Tull, Paper Converting Machine Co. Corey Warner, Anderson & Vreeland Catherine Whitaker, Anderson & Vreeland FTA TODAY