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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
HEARD FROM THE HALL in flexo. Fostering such spirit was a proud moment. While Chairman of the FTA Foundation for six years, we were able to grow the scholarship funds, and with the help of suppliers, donate presses and equipment to a number of schools to help in developing flexo training programs. BART: What I enjoy the most about FTA is that it drives home and reinforces the belief that there is no competition amongst the technical community within the industry. FTA events pro- mote interacting and open sharing of information with other flexographers and suppliers. Everyone has different areas of knowledge and different levels of expertise. FTA allows all of us to absorb and use each other's experiences to learn and grow. SHREVE: The first event that brought me satisfaction was a talk I gave at a platemaking seminar in the late 1970s. Howard Sheldon told me that I should talk about the problems that the printers have with stickyback. I got actual data from printers, and after my talk, all the stickyback manufacturers approached me to try to prove that what I stated was untrue. That talk certainly got their interest. The second event was my presenting the Hall of Fame award to Arleen Neustein at the Forum in 2003. She was very deserv- ing of the honor, and was the first woman to have received that award. Her induction into the Hall of Fame broke forever the stigma of the Hall of Fame being a "Good 01' Boys Club". HARPER: When I look at FTA and what it has meant to me, I draw the greatest personal satisfaction from the unselfish sharing of technical information by both converters and suppliers, many of whom are competitors in the marketplace. The opportunity to "compare notes" and learn from the experts; old-timers like Doug Tuttle, Warren Taylor, Howard Vreeland, Sr. and Bruce Gibson.... and there were many more, had exceptional value. More recent high points include the development of the FIRST program and now the TEST program. SHAPIRO: Four programs in particular stand out. The work- shops were a fantastic way of bringing the technology to all parts of the country and creating bonds that are strong to this day. Participating in them as a member and then organizing and directing them as management in FTA were tremendous experi- ences. I took great satisfaction in seeing people come, learn and then participate in the organization. Our development and writing of the QC manuals and printing plate capability testing set were ahead of its time for the process and helped to spur technical developments to improve the output of the flexo printing process. Developing the concept and outline for the first Operations Roundtable was another milestone. It proved to be a great media for developing supervisory skills in addition to advancing technical information. Finally, while working at FTA as Director of Education and Training, I succeeded in enlisting the many colleges that are now an integral part of FTA. That was a high point in my career. MCGEE: By far, my association with the Flexo in High School and College program, has brought me a great deal of personal satisfaction. It's very fulfilling to see educators and industry work together to embrace and verify the importance of the Flexo in- dustry in North America. 30 FTA 50th Anniversary Journal RIDDELL: From the first assignment as a workshop chair, I was given the opportunity to participate in many FTA projects. Honestly, they have all filled my career and life with such satisfac- tion, that I am certain my life would have been diminished in the absence of FTA. The majority of projects stemmed from serving on the Board of Directors and Trustees. This led in one way or another to: my service in seven memorable areas: 1. FlexSys board advisory chair - which led to a collaborative effort from industry experts to develop the first compre- hensive curriculum for flexo pressroom training. The pro- cess of development of such projects fulfilled my belief in investing in people through training. 2. NarrowWeb Council Chair- it allowed me to learn how to lead an industry group in addressing the unique needs of the Narrow-Web segment of the market. 3. Dallas Forum co-chair to Jim Buckley. 4. Working with the Awards Committee Chair Alan Leeson to revamp the rules and procedures. 5. FLEXO Editorial Advisory Committee chair. 6. Representing FTA in the "Great Debate" at CMM, was very exciting. I was proud to present and defend the merits of Flexography in today's world and compare and contrast them with Lithography and Gravure. 7. Involvement in FT A also led to participation as a speaker and author to projects inside and outside FTA, including NCLMA, SCLMA and TLMI, which all left lasting memories. JACKSON: FIRST and FQC are the programs that I would single out as FTA's greatest. Why? Because they are a true service to the industry and they deliver value on a day-in and day-out basis. Both FIRST and FQC brought and continue to bring sci- ence to the art. Interaction is the key attraction to FTA. I enjoy learning everything I can about each different market segment-news- papers, envelopes, corrugated, preprinted linerboard, labels, napkins, flexible packaging, printed electronics, etc-and help- ing to develop educational curriculums that serve each of those different enterprises. Taken together, those things made me choose to come back to printing from an assignment in aircraft. Each and every day, they continue to tell me that I made the right decision. Printing, flexography and FTA get in your blood. It's reward- ing and motivating to realize that by helping to educate and train somebody in both the art and science, you can affect his or her life and his or her business. I choose to be here. I love to network. I'm glad I came back to printing and FTA. What do you consider FfA's most significant contributions to the industry-beginning in the 1960s, and continuing through the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and the present day? NARD: In the 1960s, reverse angle doctor blades were in- troduced and FTA was able to bring this new technology to the industry through its workshops. In the 1970s, photopolymer plates were introduced commercially and FTA was a great forum to discuss the pros and cons between rubber plates and polymer plates. In the 1980s, we celebrated our 25 th year in Bal Harbour,
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