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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
THE 19705 THE SEVENTIES: SNAPSHOT in FTA, FFTA HISTORY 1970 , W e early flexographers used to spend a great deal of time on the subject of special design modifications that had to be made for flexo. It was a must! Much was said and written about flexo print-back. Everyone knew that fine type would print like medium, that printed lines would spread, and so forth. But even many years ago, some of us suspected that all was not as it seemed to be, and we were just being expedient, making allow- ances for inadequacies in skill, in applications, and espe- cially in equipment. "I can show you an article in 1948 stating that fine halftones can be printed by aniline if we can refine and control its then primitive inking system. How many times our best efforts at applying print-back compen- sation came back to embarrass us-as when fine type printed exactly like fine type-or when the allowance that was supposed to create a 1/32nd trap between colors, turned out to be a clear space between colors. "Some thought still has to be given to this kind of compensation because all printers are not yet well enough equipped or skillful enough, but at least we know now, for a fact, that flexography is capable of pro- ducing beautiful printing on a commercial basis. We do not have to modify or compensate because of any inher- ent shortcoming in the process itself. "You people who are in this business today will see miracles of change, more than we have seen in the first 20 years of FTA. But it will take your contribution to make them come about. " 1973 1970-The Federal Clean Air Act set up the first legally en- forceable national system for regulating air pollution. At the heart of the entire federal strategy to reduce air pollution is the policy that existing and new technologies will be applied to sources of air pollution to control the emission of those pollutants. FTA was heavily covered by the trade press in the early 1970s. as these two successive covers of Flexography Printing & Converting demonstrate. -Alexander Bradie, FTA Foundinq Father & First Forum Keynote, 1978 1973-Just after its formation, the European Flexographic Technical Association, having held its inaugural meeting in London, announces an extended membership plan, linking it to the u.S. FTA. In cooperative spirit, FTA offers its members a new benefit-extended membership-an opportunity to add their facility to EFTA's roster. First details are transmitted in April. Members actively participating in meetings. a common scene and the identifying mark of FTA in th 1970s. 15th Annual FT A Forum attracts 368. It's held at N ew York's Commodore Hotel. Attendees hear from Dr. Rober Lauchon. His message: the photopolymer plate now offers flexog- raphers the ease of platemaking formerly reserved for the offset industry. 40 FTA 50th Anniversary Journal
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