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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
THE 19605 lilt's up to organizations, such as FTA to explain to artists where flexo fits in and where it can do a better job for less cost than other processes. And, art for flex- ography is just as technical as that for letterpress, what with stretch and shrink factor limits in rubber to be taken into account." -Frank Lonqenecker, FTA President, 1963 1963 1965 1965-FTA announces that more than 7,000 people attend- ed Saturday Workshops in the first five years of the program. First meeting of the sixth year is set for Mobile, AL on Feb. 13. Events follow in Richmond, VA; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Milwaukee, WI; Cincinnati, OH; Boston, MA; Minneapolis, MN; Montreal, QC, Canada; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; Kansas City, MO; Chicago, 11. The goal for each workshop is to contribute to the education of plant operating personnel, to include press operators, helpers, department foreman, etc. 1963-FTA Regional Flexo Workshop, held April 6, located in Kansas City's Statler Inn, is chaired by Lowell Schoening. People are talking about new dimensions of the process. Questions on the table include Stack type or central impression cylinder press?; as well as, "Should I use high velocity hot-air drying?" FTA promises answers in print. Delivery set for May Forum. FTA AT 10 "Having been involved with the lead- ership group of FTA, I was greatly impressed with the sincere effort of this organization to urge in every way the improvement as to quality and efficiency of the flexographic process. The workshops have been most successful in taking up-to-date information to pressmen all over the country. After all, it is the pressmen themselves, working with the tools of presses, ink, plates, etc., who have really, in the long run, produced the improved flexographic printing which is seen in every field. The annual ex- hibits at FTA Forums illustrate this improvement best of all." -Kenneth Pike, former FTA President, 1966 New Developments in Flexo Printing is the theme of a series of six FTA Fall Workshops. All are promoted as "firing line stuff, slanted to operating personnel." What is the Flexographic Technical Association up to these days? The question was put to FTA President Frank A. Davis, Jr. His answer was quite detailed. "Under the direction of Howard Sheldon, the text- book, Flexography: Principles and Practices, is undergoing a massive revision, reflect- ing the vast changes since its publication in 1962.... "Under the direction of Warren Taylor, the regional flexo workshop program, covering 21 cities on an alter- nate year basis, is now in its ninth year of operation... and still going strong.... "The Membership Committee, under the direction of Bruce Gibson, is conducting a survey of the United States to arrive at a listing of companies engaged in flexographic printing, which are not now members of FTA. "FTA as an organization, will exist, survive and prog- ress, only as a result of continuing membership par- ticipation. The format has been firmly established, no doubt subject to constant adjustments,. To move ahead, we must continue to build on the foundation estab- lished by scores of volunteers who have done so much to bring FTA to its current stature." 1966 1966---Addressing 350 delegates to FTA's Eighth Annual Forum, Henry Kulwicki, delivers a presentation entitled "Printing Corrugated with Flexo, Growing Pains in aNew Dimension." Statistics relayed: the first flexo printer slot- ter units were installed in 1957; first machines designed for production, started up in 1962 and proved to be prototypes. In1963, production models were released for sale. U.S. place- ment rose from 7 units in 1962 to 16 in 1963, 18 in 1964, 38 in 1965 and 75 in 1966. 16 FTA 50th Anniversary Journal
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