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FLEXO Magazine : November 2012
more durable, precise and in-stock, allowing customers to choose price, quality and turnaround. Dixie Graphics showcased the new 3D proofing, Kongsberg XN cutting table, as well as printed and formed prototype capabilities. The cutting table custom trimming and nesting capabilities offer flexo printers premium-quality printing plates and compliment the company ’s platemaking commitments of quality, service and on-time delivery, with increased plate trimming and scribing efficiency. ETI Converting Equipment demonstrated its Cohesio machine equipped with the patent pending Miniliner technology. The technology uses film or paper-based substrates—valuable options that could be added to the existing Cohesio technology. Rolls of labels produced with this technology are applied at a high speed. Designed to substantially reduce the release liner waste, the technology concept is unique and simple. Fives North American featured the SimPlex product family, which offers unparalleled ease of use and transparent internal upgrades for backward compatibility, as well as ensures long-term customer support. FLXON Inc. featured a number of products including doctor blades, blade holders, chambered blade metering systems, viscosity controls, pumps and more. The company displayed several versions of the G2NW Quick Change Doctor Blade Holder as well as the BROOKFIELD AST 100 in- line micro viscosity sensor. Kocher + Beck USA offered a wide-range of products including flexible dies for flat and rotary applications; magnetic cylinders; solid cutting cylinders CNC and EDM; sprocket hole punching dies; slitting and perforating cylinders; crosscutting and perforating cylinders; print cylinders; hot stamping tools and die cutting units; as well as special tools like its Gap Master System, Tec Screen System and UR-Precision—a non-stop winding technology. Mark Andy unveiled the new 4.0 , an easy-to-operate, roll-fed, full color (CMYK) toner-based printing machine that accommodates 8.5 -in. to 12.6 -in. web widths and can print on a variety of qualified materials with no pre-coated substrate requirements. It delivers high quality 600 x 1200 dpi images with variable data and high definition output and comes equipped with server and software system for a complete turnkey profit center solution. Strong Turnout, Sharp Impact FTA Narrow Web Member Base Energized Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) the world’s leading professional society dedicated to advancing and promoting the flexographic printing process, networked with hundreds of its label printer members and non-mem- bers in Chicago, IL , Sept. 10-13 at Labelexpo of the Ameri- cas 2012. The association dispatched a seven-member team to interact with and assist with conference goers, as well as report on new member initiatives. Drawing heavy foot traffic, FTA’s booth saw a steady stream of label printers (300+) seeking to join FTA and inquiring about its membership benefits. A top demand from conference goers: tell us more about FTA’s ro- bust FIRST Operator Certification Training Program so we can become a better printer! Additionally, attend- ees at FTA’s booth signed up for exhibit space at FTA’s INFO*FLEX Exhibition (April 29-30 , San Diego), and took with them complimentary copies of FLEXO Magazine, the association’s award-winning, flagship publication. On Tuesday, September 11, FLEXO Magazine’s Pub- lisher Bob Moran participated as a panelist in the Editorial Press Panel Session at Labelexpo. He shared the results of a comprehensive survey issued to FTA members, of which label converters account for 43 percent of the printer class. He revealed that 84 percent of responders cited FTA’s work as having sparked ideas that bring about continuous improvement. The survey also showed: • 73 percent, approximately 300, of members sampled indicated their business chalked up higher revenues in 2011 than 2010 • Greater than 40 percent of those businesses had sales exceeding $20 million • When asked to describe, in their own words, the top challenges they face, the president of one firm de- clared, “Training is a top priority!” Moran also referred to recent studies that cited 92 per- cent of label printers in North America use flexography on the pressroom floor. On Monday, September 10 strategic planning was the order of the day, as some two dozen FTA members, rep- resenting all segments of the industry, attended a full-day brainstorming session to formulate the basis of a new organizational strategic plan and plot future directions and goals. In the end, a multitude of ideas were conceived and opportunities were identified to broaden FTA’s reach into companies, digital printing, social media, additional member benefits and new training programs. (See FLEXO, October 2012, page 10) Immediately prior to the start of the show, FTA/FFTA Board of Directors/Trustees met and reviewed a very positive half- year financial report based on strong performance. www.flexography.org NovEMBEr 2012 FLEXO 61