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FLEXO Magazine : February 2013
Flexo’s Best Packaging Garners 102 Awards FTA Forum Will Reveal Roster of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Best of Show Recipients As FLEXO went to press, judging in Flexographic Tech- nical Association’s 2013 Excellence in Flexography Awards competition was just completed. And, after 517 entries were evaluated on two scales—degree of difficulty and level of execution—102 pieces of printed packaging garnered prizes. Specifically: • 35 Gold medals were determined • 34 Silver medals were selected • 33 Bronze medals came to be awarded • Seven of the 35 gold-medal-winning works secured “Best of Show ” designations Results are slated to be unveiled at a gala awards banquet set for Sunday, April 28, at FTA’s Annual Forum in San Diego, CA. Following presentation of the honors, the 2013 Excellence in Flexography Awards Gallery will take its place on the floor of FTA’s INFO*FLEX Exhibition, set for the San Diego Conven- tion Center, April 29-30. At Forum itself, one complete technical session is being devoted to the Excellence in Flexography Awards. It is set for Monday, April 29 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Session Chairs Steve Mullins Exopack, the Awards Committee chair, and Mark Coffman, Dixie Graphics, a committee member, will shed light on the award-winning work, how it was produced, what technologies were embraced and how and why every- thing came together to culminate in the judges selecting it to rank among the best flexographically printed work to be pro- duced in 2012. The session, entitled “Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner,” in a nod to stand-out performance will focus on “Best of Show ” honorees. Incorporated into the presentation will be a collection of helpful hints on how aspiring award winners can select the jobs to enter; utilize critiques from this year’s judging to enhance performance, collect the correct number of samples, provide the necessary technical data, submit entries through- out the year, etc. etc. The session is being billed as one that attendees won’t want to miss at an event themed, “Right Here, Right Now!” Initial impressions offered to FLEXO by members of this year’s judging contingent offer a hint at what the Excellence in Flexography Award winners have to reveal. The short as- sessments speak for themselves: • “Highlights and detail of this year’s entries have been beautiful.” – Caryn Kuehl, Coating Excellence Interna- tional • “Each year, the judging is getting more difficult and this year is no exception.” – Paul Lancelle, Eastman Kodak • “Flexo continues to improve and equal the quality of offset and gravure.” – James Stone, G3 Enterprises • “Flexo technology is improving faster than any other printing alternative.” – Scott Gehrt, Fox Valley Technical College • “Print quality continues to increase due to equipment and plate technology. ” – Bob Dauses, OEC Graphics • “The 150+ line clarity we are seeing is amazing. Com- panies are really pushing the level of difficulty.” – Scott Seymour, Sealed Air Corp./Cryovac • “The sheer number of corrugated entries is most impres- sive—not to mention the print quality on the pieces. The 12 FLEXO FeBRuARy 2013 www.flexography.org FTA TODAy A Gold Mine of Solutions Pre-Show Planner 2013 OPERATION AL EXCELLENCEANDLEANM AN UFACTURING 2013 Continuous Improvement Conference April 7–10 Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana Refining Your Business The only conference for the printing industry focused on Lean Manufacturing, process improvement, corporate culture, and operational excellence. www.printing.org/ciconference Experience keynote sessions at the 2013 CI Conference that can make a difference for your company: s Capturing the Workforce and Creativity Dr. Alan G. Robinson, authority on corporate innovation and improvement s A Day in the Life of a Lean Supervisor Mike Wroblewski, Kaizen Institute USA s Lean Management—Staying on Course with Improvement Goals Jim Lancaster, Lantech