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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
HEARD FROM THE HALL ments in equipment and systems. In the late1980s and early 1990s, the computerization and mechanics of presses began to change, offering platform presses with offset, digital, screen and gravure complemented flexo and offered business choices for production. Early in this decade, the world changed as the towers fell and the economy slowed. Nevertheless press manufacturers continued to develop gearless sleeve presses and efficiency became the new fo- cus with quick change and computer analysis of the smallest detail in processing orders. UV inks and chill rolls also became a larger issue with improved inks and UV systems. That continues today. JACKSON: Establishment of the Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) was a true highlight of the 1980s. Other significant milestones in FTA's history saw more partnering with educational institutions, which continues to benefit the organization and its members to this day. From an industry perspective, it was in the 1980s that, wide- web process started to drive the corrugated market segment. FIRST-Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances, was FTA's most significant and performance-oriented concept of the 1990s. From the testing and research to the issuance and later update of the workbook, to the staging of conferences and road shows, FIRST and all it stood for, permeated the atmosphere. The continued pursuit of standards and controls that will improve the quality of our output should always remain at the forefront of the industry's strategic goals and objectives. As such, it must always be a top priority of FTA. In modern times, the first decade of the 2Pt century, process control deservedly leads our charge! What did your induction into FfA's Hall of Fame mean to you? NARD: The Hall of Fame says your peers respect your contri- bution to the association and the industry. SHIELD S: To sit in the audience, and after several minutes, come to realize that the speaker is talking about you as the new- est "Hall of Fame" inductee, was the biggest shock of my life. To be selected by those who helped build flexo, and those who I had long admired, based on their contributions to this industry, as somebody who has helped to grow and advance flexography, is a very humbling experience. I will never forget walking up on the stage for the first time to be welcomed into a group that I never expected to be a part off. BART: My induction was an honor to me. It was bestowed on me by the people I admired most in the industry. What a night it was! I remember immediately feeling a sense of accomplish- ment in an industry that I worked, shared, trained and served in for many years. Aside from gaining patents and winning other awards, my induction into the Hall of Fame was the highlight of my working career. SHREVE: My induction into the Hall of Fame came as a complete surprise to me. I was, and still am, very honored to be included in this distinguished group of individuals. 36 FTA 50th Anniversary Journal HARPER: It was the highlight of my career in flexography. We all like to be recognized for our efforts. Induction into FTA's Hall of Fame is the ultimate recognition in our industry. I am very, very proud to have attained that honor. SHAPIRO: It was a moving experience, considering that we were leaving for China the next day and a Flexo Conference that I was to conduct in Singapore. Recognition by your peers should always be gratifying. Reading the comments in FLEXO by my children, the people at EP A and friends indicated that what I had been doing over the years was worth the time and effort. MCGEE: It has certainly brought me a level of industry recog- nition that has had a positive effect on my flexo career. I have a deeper appreciation for this industry and how it can afford one a unique opportunity, when you work hard and do your best to share your knowledge and be a positive role model for those young people coming up. RIDDELL: To stand among men and women of my career's inspiration is undeniably humbling and it's impossible to explain what that meant to me in words. As with all inductees, there are members of my company that have contributed, in one way or another to this achievement. An individual's achievements within one company are a culmination of the company's collective val- ues and commitment to excellence. JACKSON: It meant the people that I was honored to be in the presence of-the people who taught me about the industry and took time to mentor me-thought highly of me. It was an absolute honor to become associated with that group. They were, and are, the people I always looked up to for leadership, guidance, advice, reassurance and support. That has not changed and it never will. What rank among the most notable changes in the industry during your career? NARD: The reverse angle doctor blade, ceramic anilox roll and photopolymer plates were all noteworthy at the time of their de- velopment and introduction. They continue to play an important role in turning out quality consistent print jobs today. SHIELDS: Every decade had its notable changes (the creation of FLEXO magazine was one big step to building FTA's leader- ship), and each one built on the former ones, providing a stepping stone for the next notable change. It's the cumulative effect of a lot of effort by a lot of dedicated individuals that has made FTA what it is SO years after its founding. BART: The transition of flexography from a strictly converting process to a printing process ......Notable as it is, it's something most new, young people in our industry will never understand. SHREVE: There have been so many changes over the years in this industry that it certainly cannot be called a stagnant industry. Three of the most notable changes have been the increase in us-
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