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FLEXO Magazine : May 2008
MAY 2008 VOLUME 33, NO.5 -+In This Issue What may be the world's best flexographic prints are revealed and ranked in this, Flexographic Technical Association's 2008 Excellence in Flexography Awards recap. A total of 147 winning entries-including nine Best of Shows-appear in these pages, along with pertinent technical data. Full coverage, beginning with commentary from judges, starts on page 68. THE FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGY SOURCE . Excellence in FlexolJraphy I;;; FLEXØ _.' .-r.o"..o..- " FTA HEADQUARTERS & FlEXO EDITORIAL, ADVERTISING, SUBSCRIBER SERVICES 900 Marconi Avenue Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PUBLISHER Robert Moran, ext. 17 firstname.lastname@example.org MANAGING EDITOR Christian R. Bonawandt, ext. 31 email@example.com DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT .Jay Kaible, ext. 20 firstname.lastname@example.org DIGITAL DESIGN & PRODUCTION Red Flag Media www.redflagmedia.com FTA TODAY 10 Pub Ink 12 Association News 124 Engaging Ideas 16 Heard From The Hall This exclusive preview of FTA's 50th Anniversary Commemorative Journal brings together a cadre of Hall of Fame members who offer their unique perspectives on the industry and the Association. ')JJI Hall of Fame Lif Robert Moran Howard Vreeland Jr. is welcomed into the most prestigious club in the flexo- graphic industry as the 46th inductee to FTA's Hall of Fame. INDUSTRY INDICATORS 30 Pressing Issues TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES TECHNICAL INNOVATION 32 Sophistication Through Simplicity Christian R. Bonawandt With the shortest web path of any press and precision automation in impression and registration, Omet's X-Flex narrow- web press has earned the 2008 Technical Innovation Award. 24 68 FTA 2008 Excellence in Flexography Awards Complete details about this year's winning entries. Wide Web 78 Mid Web 84 Narrow Web 88 Folding Carton 94 Napkin 98 Combined Corrugated & Preprinted Linerboard 100 Envelope 106 Graphic Design 111 Newspaper/Publications 114 Self Promotion 116 Student 117 FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 38 Using Solvent less Adhesives with Water-Based Inks Ronald R. Davies, Ph.D. Experiments demonstrate that combina- tions of solventless adhesives and water- based inks do exist, which can give bond strength and appearance that meet or exceed industry requirements. 44 Controlling Ink Film Thickness at 3,000fpm Johnny stamey Printers working on ultra-high speed presses often encounter metering issues. The author advises on how to tackle such problems. 48 Implementing Statistical Process Control Robb Frimming A certificate of analysis and statistical process control program can help bring consistency to your printing operations. 52 : t e s : printed map that will help drupa attend- ees find flexo on the show floor. Check it out, and read the story of its creation. 56 Cushion Sleeves Rich Emmerling and Bill Bower A study is underway to design an experi- ment to obtain a thorough understand- ing of the optimum plate thickness, durometer, and cushion sleeve modulus combination. Full results to follow in a later issue. PLANTS & PROCESSES FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 58 Pulling the Trigger Christian R. Bonawandt The minds at Packaging Concepts de- cided it was time to take the plunge into digital platemaking-and while they were at it, implement FIRST into their total production workflow. 62 Buying a New Press Bill Campagna When investigating a potential capital investment, asking the right questions of your supplier will ensure you make the right purchase. P'S & Q's 64 Flexo Newspapers Christian R. Bonawandt The emergence ofFTA's Newspaper Leadership Council and the combination of this year's NPFUG meeting with FFTA's Annual Forum has brought well-deserved exposure to this segment of flexo. FLEXOil> Magazine (ISSN -1051-7324) is published monthly by the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association. Address all correspondence to FLEXOil> Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212. Telephone: 631-737 -6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright @2008.Allrights reserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 U.S.I$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 U.S.I$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 U.S.I$170 foreign. Single copies: S7 US./SI0 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXOil> Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXOil> Magazine is the official journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance flexographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXOil> Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA.