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FLEXO Magazine : November 2012
• Presenters were lauded for their attention to detail • Capacity crowds filled the rooms • The exhibit floor sold out and traffic was heavy during every networking opportunity “Johnny and I are very pleased with the technical content and how it developed understanding throughout the confer- ence agenda. We were also impressed with how the presen- tations sparked further discussion at the tabletop exhibit,” commented Teufler. He added, “We are gratified to hear positive feedback from many attendees; the consensus is the show was well worth the time and attendees are eager to ap- ply the principles learned to their operations.” That assessment was shared by others. One printer cited, “ Great information. Made me rethink our processes!” Another said that it was “Refreshing to hear different perspectives when it comes to workflow, beginning to end.” Yet another pointed to the paybacks, “The conference reinforced the benefits of process control, and how it is being both accepted and expected.” THE AGENDA Seven sessions required 20 presenters and stretched from “Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) Project Updates,” to “Un- derstanding the Entire Workflow and Using Process Control to Enhance Production,” to “Graphics Reproduction Process: Understanding Your Prepress Workflow.” Also on the program: “Enhancing Pressroom Workflow Using Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances (FIRST)”, “Control Tools for Pressroom Workflow,” “Continuous Improvement—Keeping Your Edge,” and “Suc- cessfully Adopting New Technology.” A special, pre-conference tutorial, offered by the co-chairs and entitled, “Taking Tinkering to Task,” kicked off the pro- ceedings. (See page 38). Reviews and reaction proved positive. For example: Doug Bartlett, Spear USA, described the presentations as, “Rel- evant to our business and our adoption of FIRST. ” Scott Wal- hovd of Bemis, had a sense that, “Great energy levels kept it entertaining.” Chris Glover, Label World summed it up like this, “Very good idea-generating sessions.” Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group steered his remarks toward the FIRST session, “The FTA FIRST program is ‘real and necessary ’! A true benefit to the membership!” Daniel Cheate, Kendall Packaging left this remark on his evaluation form, “Excellent info that can be taken back and used!” TAKING THE PODIUM Speakers included: Brian Ashe, X-Rite; Richard Black, All Printing Resources; Roger Bostdorff, Leader Engineering-Fabrication, Inc.; Bobby Congdon, The Sonoco Institute of Packag- ing Design and Graphics, Clemson University; Cori Devlin, DuPont Packaging Graphics; Robb Frimming, Schawk; Travis Gilkey, Best Label; Malcolm Keif, California Polytechnic State University; Paul Lancelle, www.flexography.org november 2012 FLEXO 31