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FLEXO Magazine : October 2012
all entry forms are available as interactive, fillable PDFs. Visit www.flexography.org CAREFULLY SELECT THE CORRECT PRINT CATEGORY CODE FOR EACH ENTRY AND INDICATE (WHERE APPLICABLE) THE SUBSTRATE PRINTED ON. Wide Web: A.1 .a Line, Film A.1 .b Line, Metallized Substrate A.1 .c Line, Coated Paper A.1 .d Line, Uncoated Paper A.1 .e Line, Towel/Tissue A.2 .a Screen, Film A.2 .b Screen, Metallized Substrate A.2 .c Screen, Coated Paper A.2 .d Screen, Uncoated Paper A.2 .e Screen, Towel/Tissue A.3 .a Process, Film A.3 .b Process, Metallized Substrate A.3 .c Process, Coated Paper A.3 .d Process, Uncoated Paper A.3 .e Process, Towel/Tissue Mid Web: B.1 .a Line, Film B.1 .b Line, Metallized Substrate B.1 .c Line, Coated Paper B.1 .d Line, Uncoated Paper B.2 .a Screen, Film B.2 .b Screen, Metallized Substrate B.2 .c Screen, Coated Paper B.2 .d Screen, Uncoated Paper B.3 .a Process, Film B.3 .b Process, Metallized Substrate B.3 .c Process, Coated Paper B.3 .d Process, Uncoated Paper narrow Web: C.1 .a Line, Film C.1 .b Line, Metallized Substrate C.1 .c Line, Coated Paper C.1 .d Line, Uncoated Paper C.2 .a Screen, Film C.2 .b Screen, Metallized Substrate C.2 .c Screen, Coated Paper C.2 .d Screen, Uncoated Paper C.3 .a Process, Film C.3 .b Process, Metallized Substrate C.3 .c Process, Coated Paper C.3 .d Process, Uncoated Paper Paperboard: D.1 .a Wide Web, Line D.1 .b Wide Web, Screen D.1 .c Wide Web, Process D.2 .a Mid Web, Line D.2 .b Mid Web, Screen D.2 .c Mid Web, Process D.3 .a Narrow Web, Line D.3 .b Narrow Web, Screen D.3 .c Narrow Web, Process napkins: E.1 Line E.2 Screen E.3 Process Combined Corrugated: In-line or off-line die-cutting – any number of print stations F.1 .a Line F.2 .a Screen F.3 .a Process In-line rotary die-cutting – 4 print stations or less F.4 .b Line F.5 .b Screen F.6 .b Process Preprinted linerboard: G.1 Line G.2 Screen G.3 Process Envelope: H.1 .a Line, Film H.1 .c Line, Coated Paper H.1 .d Line, Uncoated Paper H.2 .a Screen, Film H.2 .c Screen, Coated Paper H.2 .d Screen, Uncoated Paper H.3 .a Process, Film H.3 .c Process, Coated Paper H.3 .d Process, Uncoated Paper Publications/newspaper: I.1 Coated Paper I.2 Uncoated Paper self-promotion: (open to printers/converters only) J.1 Maximum of 3 entries student: K.1 .a High School K.1 .b Post-secondary School Print Category Codes all entry forms are available as interactive, fillable PDFs. Visit www.flexography.org Degree of Difficulty (DD) The Degree of Difficulty of an entry will be determined by the following criteria: • Substrate Printability/Ink Compatibility • Registration Tolerances • Printing Complexity • Fineness of Print and/or Screen • Tonal Range (screen or process only) • Defect Detectability • Added Difficulty • Technical Data Form Substrate Printability/Ink Compatibility: Five to ten points will be awarded based on the difficulty of successfully applying the ink used to the particular substrate. Judges will consider all aspects of the particular substrate in order to determine an exact DD score within the given ranges. Registration Tolerances: If the design and graphics of the entry require extraordinarily close tolerances for all registration aspects, a DD score of 10 may be award- ed by the judges. Less stringent registration require- ments will be given appropriately lower scores as determined by the judges. Registration requirements that are below average as a difficulty factor in printing the entry may be awarded a low point score. Plate/Printing Complexity: Higher scores will be awarded for multiple outs, multiple press passes, printing on both sides of the substrate, and unusual or complicated web or substrate handling. Higher scores will also be awarded for a print from one plate with incompatible elements over a similar print where incompatible elements are divided into multiple plates of the same color. Incompatible elements are solids, reverses, tints, halftones, line art, and type in various sizes and combinations printed the same color. Fineness of Print and/or Screen: Exceedingly fine type, graphics, and fine screen values (for screen and process) will be given appropriate high DD scores. Tonal Range: A tonal range for screen and process from 1% to 100% dots will be given a DD score of 10. Commensurately lower DD scores will be awarded for narrower tonal ranges. Defect Detectability: Design and graphics are such that print defects and imperfections are not easily or clearly seen. A “clean” design will warrant a higher score than more “busy” designs. Technical Data Form: To aid the judge’s ability in evaluating the entry, it is important that the Technical Data Form be completed with as much information as possible. level of Execution (lE) The Level of Execution score of an entry will be deter- mined by the following criteria: • Image Sharpness • Ink Coverage • Registration • Dot/Screen/Vignette Quality • Consistency • Added Difficulty (proof to print match) Image Sharpness: Clarity, clean and sharp edges, fill-in, squeeze, excessive ink laydown, spots, hairs, hickeys, waviness, and any other print attributes or defects will be evaluated. Ink Coverage: Solids and trap areas will be evaluated for smooth, complete, even pinhole, and void-free ink laydown. Registration: Copy straightness, alignment, and precision of registration of all elements, including process vignettes (including copy to shape or die, as applicable). Dot/Screen/Vignette Quality: Screen and process areas for dot print quality, dot drop-off, bridging, moiré, missing dots and overall appearance of these areas. The entry will be compared to that target to determine the degree of target accomplishment. Consistency: Consistency of all previously judged variables throughout the image and the submission of 4 revolutions of the cylinder. Judging Qualified teams of printers/converters will blind judge all entries for Degree of Difficulty and qualified teams of printers/converters and/or suppliers will do the same for Level of Execution. Award Levels: At the discretion of the awards judges, a Gold, Silver, and/or Bronze Award may be given in each subcategory within each major classification. Special Achievement: A special achievement award may be considered for entries that fail to fit any cur- rent categories or exhibit some truly innovative or interesting technology or appearance. Best of Show: At the discretion of the judges and Awards Committee, a Best of Show is awarded in each of the major classifications (Wide Web, Mid Web, Narrow Web, Paperboard, Napkins, Combined Corrugated, Preprinted Linerboard, and Envelope). The selection will be made from among the Gold Award winners in the classification. The FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards Competition winners will be announced and placed on display during FTA’s 2013 Annual Forum & INFO*FLEX Exhibition in San Diego, CA, April 28–May 1, 2013. awards Judging Guidelines