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FLEXO Magazine : September 2012
FTA TODAY FQC: Moving Forward The Path to Continued Development of the Industry By Jean Engelke Since our last update in the May issue of FLEXO Maga- zine, there has been a lot of activity with the Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC). The Standards Working Group has kicked off and has had several introductory meet- ings with volunteer members (see Gary Hilliard’s, Hood Pack- aging Corp., update). The new Anilox Project Team is also busy organizing the next phase of its project, and an article was published in FLEXO Magazine that summarized the UV Ink Spitting project (See February 2012, pages 62-66). The current project teams continue to move forward on their objectives. Here is a brief summary of activity: EXPANDED GAMUT Final data sets have been sent to Clemson University for recalculation. Once complete, Danny Rich, Sun Chemical Corp., will summarize and submit a report to be published in FLEXO Magazine. Danny will also present the final report on Monday (October 15) of Fall Conference, so be sure to put it on your calendar. Phase 2 of the Expanded Gamut project is currently being planned. Preliminary work is just starting and the team is looking to utilize both existing and new members. If you are interested in being a part of the new team, please contact an FQC team member. ISO-2846-5 PROJECT As reported at Forum, this project has encountered a road block. The team continues to look for a substrate that meets the proposed standard. Leads are being tracked down, how- ever, no substrate has been found. Jay Sperry, Havi Global Solutions, will write an article outlining the challenges the team faces to be published in FLEXO Magazine. ANILOX R&R STUDY The initial Anilox Roll Gauge R&R was completed and reported out at Forum. A new team has formed to conduct another gauge R&R of open cell engravings. Measurements should begin in September and anilox roll manufacturing companies and measurement instrument companies are par- ticipating. The testing will again be run at Clemson University and Dr. Tim Claypool of Swansea University will be the statisti- cian. The objective will be to determine the repeatability and reliability of current anilox measurement devices on commer- cial open cell structures. IDEA GENERATION As stated at the Forum, the FQC is continually looking for new project ideas. Some of these ideas may come from the new Standards Working Group (see separate update) if tech- nical data is needed to provide input to the standards bodies, and the membership is also encouraged to submit ideas, generate discussion or volunteer to address issues they face every day. Make contact with Paul Lodewyck, Flint Group, or Jean Engelke, Eastman Kodak, to submit your project ideas. FALL CONFERENCE Be sure to schedule time to participate in the FQC Update on Monday, October 15, from 3.00 pm-4.00 pm at the Fall Conference. The value of FQC continues to increase as we get broader participation and input! Planned items for discussion include • A brief overview of the active projects • An update from the Standards Working Group • Danny Rich, Sun Chemical Corp., and his team will pres- ent the results of the Expanded Gamut Project, followed by a general discussion of the results and potential next steps in Phase 2 of the projec; • As always, a review of any submitted new projects and time to give input on new projects of value to the industry Please plan on attending and join your peers to help chart the path for the continued development of our industry! n About the Author: Jean Engelke, future project manager, East- man Kodak, is a co-chair of the Flexo Quality Consortium. In the past, Jean was the chair of Forum 2010. She has signifi- cant experience and education from many years in flexo- graphic printing, gravure printing, lithography, product and brand marketing, research and development, leadership, graphics process management, technical writing, communi- cation and process improvement. 16 FLEXO sEPTEmBEr 2012 www.flexography.org