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FLEXO Magazine : February 2013
“A discussion topic, may very well become our collective reality.” “Attendance has been getting stronger over the past few years.” FORECAST FOR FORUM QUANTIFY, COMMUNICATE & CONTROL Bob Mullen, FTA 2013 Forum Chair, Promises Practical Applications, Viable Solutions, Maximized Value Propositions RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW ...”Right Here, Right Now ” is a great way to describe the participant’s ability to learn about the newest de- velopments in the industry, to network with friends and colleagues, to open and close some business deals and to do it all in the beautiful venue of San Diego. We—Co-chair Pepper Stokes, Robbie Fantastic Flexibles; and the entire Forum Committee (Session Chairs)—felt it was the perfect confluence of time, place and event so that, on April 28-May 1 in San Diego, it will all be happening “Right Here, Right Now. ” It seems that the quality of the Forum experience, as well as the attendance, has been getting stronger over the past few years. Credit programs, such as Flexo- graphic Image Reproduction Specifications and Toler- ances (FIRST) certification and the Phoenix Challenge, as well as the overall quality of the sessions and strong showings at INFO*FLEX for continuing to raise the bar. Safely bet that San Diego will be sunny with the temperature in the 70s. It’s a guarantee that the session chairs and co-chairs worked diligently to present an interesting set of speakers focusing on a common ses- sion theme. Presenters will address topics that are of concern to the flexographic community. A level of excite- ment should be present to make everyone’s trip both worthwhile and enjoyable. EXPAND THE DIALOG ...T he Forum Committee and the session chairs, co-chairs and speakers are a combination of those FTA veterans who can always be counted on to support the organization, as well as a group of newer members and participants eager to share their knowledge and present a potentially different perspective. The common denominator always seems to be the participant’s love of the organization, as well as his/her desire to expand the dialogue concerning the growth and advancement of flexography. In order to assemble this year’s agenda, we used the feedback forms from last year ’s Forum sessions. With this input, we began to set some structure to the proceedings—beginning with the pre-conference Flexo Quality Consortium assembly. FQC represents the “T ” in FTA, as it is the steady source of continued technical research into flexograph- ic problems, opportunities and processes. Members should become active in FQC and propose future abstracts to Jean Engelke of Eastman Kodak Company and Sam Ingram of Clemson University. This year, look forward to a comparison of a 4-color pressrun with ECG, a discussion of Delta E tolerances and presentations on mounting tapes, new plate technologies and the platemaking process as it relates to plate durability. SESSIONS & STRUCTURE ...EM ERGING TRENDS— Malcolm Keif from Cali- fornia Polytechnic State University and John Cram- mer from Best Label Compa- ny, Inc. have put together a panel of present- ers speak- ing to