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FLEXO Magazine : December 2012
FQC Update In October, the FQC participated in the FTA Fall Conference in Milwaukee, WI. The well- attended session started with a project update. Over the summer months, projects were active and updates were similar to those provided at the 2012 Forum. Jean Engelke also announced the new Co-Chair of the FQC, Sam Ingram, Clemson University. Ingram has par- ticipated on many projects and has been an active member of the FQC for many years. The current project teams continue to move forward on their objectives. Here is a brief summary of activity: ISO-2846-5 PrOject team As reported at Forum, this project has encountered a roadblock. The team continues to look for a substrate that meets the proposed standard. Jay Sperry, Havi Solutions, is writing an article outlining the challenges the team faces. It will be published in FLEXO Magazine. OPen cell Structure anIlOx GauGe r&r Study The initial Anilox Roll Gauge R&R was completed and reported out at Forum 2012. Dan Reilly has written a summary article to be published in FLEXO maga- zine. Reilly is also forming a new team to continue the work with another gauge R&R of open cell engravings. The team will determine commercial cell shape structures to use on next phase, which may include trihelical, posts/pins-up, elongated and channeled. The team is currently acquiring the rolls to measure and is gathering them at Clemson University. They will use the same equip- ment as the original study and will need to recruit team members to do the actual measurements. extended Gamut Danny Rich, Ph .D ., Sun Chemical, provided the final project report on the Extended Gamut project. Rich has written the final report and article for publication in FLEXO. Mark Sam- worth, Esko, also spoke on Phase 2 of the project. The FQC is recruiting a leader and will be forming the team soon. Reports on Expanded Color Gamut project and Anilox Roll Gaug- ing are discussed in the Technologies & Techniques section of this issue. PrOject team Idea GeneratIOn The FQC is continually looking for new project ideas. A number of new ideas were discussed during the working meeting at the FTA’s Fall Conference. Any member should con- tact Jean Engelke, Eastman Kodak, or Sam Ingram, Clemson University to submit new ideas. The FQC looks forward to reporting out progress at Forum 2013. It has a full session planned with current and on- going research projects. The following is an update from the Standards Work- ing Group. They have been very active and have initiated a great process for reviewing standards requests (see SWG summary). Gary Hilliard has also announced the signing of a Co-Chair for the team, Colleen Twomey, of Cal Poly. Twomey has been a member of the FQC for several years and is very active in the standards arena. ~ Jean Engelke FQc StandardS WOrkInG GrOuP uPdate artIcle The Standards Working Group (SWG) is an ongoing project within the FTA’s Flexo Quality Consortium com- mittee, which allows industry subject matter experts to review and comment on important industry standards that are being implemented by USTAG (US Technical Advisory Group that provides guidance to ANSI, the Ameri- can National Standards Institute) and CGATS (Committee for Graphic Arts Technology Standards). The purpose of the SWG is to ensure that the voice of the FTA Membership is represented as standards and specifications are being discussed, reviewed, and imple- mented for the Graphic Arts Industry. Since the September 2012 FLEXO update, the SWG has held several Expert Reviewer Webinars. These we- binars consist of FTA staff, SWG mem- bers, and other field experts within the FTA membership; the purpose of which is to ensure proposed modifica- tions and updates to standards in our industry meet the flexo industry needs. We are pleased to report that the FUZE Meeting format is working well, and allows substantial interaction between the Expert Reviewers, the SWG mem- bers, and FTA staff. Industry standards are continu- ing to be more and more relevant, as consumer products companies adopt them for global standardization, docu- mentation, quality control, and commu- nications. When these documents that affect our industry are presented for review it is important for FTA members to voice their comments. If you are a subject matter expert in any area of flexo (prepress, press, production, supplies, etc), and are interested in participating in the review of relevant industry standards, please visit the home page of the FTA web site at www.flexography.org and click on the “Join the FQC” icon. ~ Gary Hilliard Jean Engelke, future project manager, Eastman Kodak, is a co-chair of the Flexo Quality Consortium. In the past, Jean was the chair of Forum 2010. She has significant experience and educa- tion from many years in flexographic printing, gravure printing, lithogra- phy, product and brand marketing, research and development, leader- ship, graphics process management, technical writing, communication and process improvement. Gary Hilliard is the graphics and print technology manager for Hood Packaging Corp., Arden Hills, MN. 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