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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
THE 19805 1986 1986---drupa 86, the 9th International Fair for Printing and Paper is held in Dusseldorf, Germany, May 2-15. It attracts 1,300 exhibitors and 300,000 visitors. FTA reps are on hand. FLEXO prepares two-part preview, files follow-up reports from the show floor. Intro of 8-color CI press is pending. FLEXO ESPAÑOL makes its debut. FTA announces plans to develop the first World Flexo Congress. It is to include a two-day technical meeting, plus the very first International Awards Competition. Entries are restricted to first (gold) award winners in competitions held by organized FTA's throughout the world. Spain is the host for the World Congress. FFTA finalizes Educators' Curriculum Guide, sets Jan. 1, 1987 release date. The publication introduces students to both process and industry. It includes lesson plans, three audio/ visual programs and sample plates. FFT A stages the first of several recurring biennial Prepress Conferences-the inaugural one being a seminar," is staged in September at the Holidome Hotel in Rochester, NY. 1987 1987-FTA announces it has moved to a new, and present headquarters, at 900 Marconi Ave., Ronkonkoma, NY. Closing on the building actually occurred late July, and staff began working out of the new locale later that fall. FFTA publishes results of first-ever Japanese Flexographic Technical Association Plant Survey. Research methods were modeled after, and mirrored, FTA's three earlier Plant Surveys. Findings indicated that 82 percent of plants in Japan worked a single shift, as compared to 37 percent in the u.S. In-line presses accounted for 56 percent of machines in Japan, as compared to 44 percent in the u.S. Paper and board were the dominant substrates in Japan, accounting for 79 percent of printed materials. Plastic film and foil each had a 29 percent marketshare, followed by polyethylene at 14 per- cent, corrugated board at 7 percent and textile at 7 percent. A new logo was approved for the International Flexographic Technical Association-the organization in- cludes FTA's in the U.S., U.K., West Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Japan and Australia. FLEXO's coverage of the FTA's 1987 move into its present Ronkonkoma, NY Hqs. 60 FTA 50th Anniversary Journal CONVERTING ROTO TO FLEXO WITH 19805 TECHNOLOGY -Gary Hilliard, Graphics and Technical Manager, Hood Packaging Corp. In the early to mid 1980s, before the advent of stepped photopolymer plates and laser-engraved ceramic anilox rolls, process printing was an entirely different animal. Plates were rubber, usually single images, and mounting each individual impression took many hours, even whole shifts to accomplish. Given early steel, doctor blade assembly designs and chrome process anilox rolls (usually 360 lpi), the rolls would wear out so quickly, that it wasn't unusual to have to replace them at some point during a long pressrun. The print samples, shown here, candy bar wrappers with cold seal adhesive for the Pearson Candy Co., St. Paul, MN, were printed at Color-Ad Packaging Inc., St. Louis Park, MN. Color-Ad was later sold and became part of American National Can Company. Historically, Pearson's Salted Nut Roll, the company's signature product, was printed rotogravure for con- sistency and high print quality. Color-Ad was given a chance to show what flexo could do, so we decided to use the best technology and techniques available at the time. Laser-engraved ceramic anilox rolls were n the produc- tion testing phase that year, and we were fortunate to have one of the first complete sets ever made. We were excited to have rolls that we thought would deliv- er a consistent ink volume throughout the expected long pressruns ahead, if our initial sample run was accepted. Because photopolymer plates were just in the early stages of development, and not in common use at the time, traditional copper engravings were used for these designs. Conventional prepress in those days, did not offer a very accurate proofing method for process print, so we chose a prepress supplier on the West Coast that offered the best solution available. This method was the actual proofing of rubber plates made from the engravings. The process was performed on a GMS flexo proofer, that was actually a small version of a flexo CI press deck. Each color was proofed on the production film stock, one color at a time, to build the 4-color process simulation. This expen- sive and time consuming process was really the only way to accurately predict what the process print would look like on press in those days. Samples proofed on the print stock, with flexo inks, were submitted to Pearson's Candy, and approved. The jobs were printed, matched the proofs, and the customer was extreme- ly happy with the results. So happy, in fact, that its candy production department made a 35 lb. salted nut roll candy bar and delivered it to our plant for our employees to enjoy! As far as I know, these designs are still printed using flexography today. Happy 50th Anniversary FT A/FFT A. Flexo, you've come a long way baby!
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