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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
1985 1986 March 17-19 MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas Chairman: Gerald Shields 1987 May 4-6 Marriott Orlando World Center Chairman: John Little 1986 1988 May1-4 Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN Chairman: Carmon Lovett 1989 April 30-May 3 San Francisco Hilton Chairman: Alan Leeson Theme: Flexography for the 1990s-A Balance of Technology and Craft 1985 THE 19805 RAISING THE LEVEL OF THE PROCESS... "We didn't have scan-a- webs on most of the presses we were operating in 1958. As a matter of fact, we didn't have between color dry- ers. Our press design didn't provide room for either be- tween decks. We did have a steamer device at the end of our six-foot drying oven designed to replace moisture removed from the cellophane sheet during the printing. So, in addi- tion to what was left of the original printed cellophane, we also sold the added moisture at the current price per pound. "We struggled with simple Zahn cups and stop watches before the development of viscometers. That is, those of us who were already aware of the importance of identifying and controlling this critical element. The webs from our tall printers passed over an open gas burner for drying, and our maintenance man was very proud of having developed a coupled gas control which extinguished the flame when the press came to a halt. Of course, fire extinguishers were stan- dard equipment at every press. "Flying splices? They were a real milestone and it took countless hours of coaching and practice to train pressman in their proper use. Mounter proofers, base-ink systems, zoned humidity controlled drying ovens, tapered tension rewinders, reverse angle doctor blades, and slitting on the press are among the many improvements and refinements which have come into general use since the birth ofFTA... "How then can we define FlexD's future? Consider this. Flexo is an essential tool which makes it possible for its users to respond to the needs of their customers and their cus- tomer's customers. Its technology has been constantly up- graded to raise the level of the process from a rubber-stamp process to a state-of-the-art capable of turning out highly sophisticated graphics on equally sophisticated substrates. "FlexD's continuing progress will be inalterably tied to the fortunes of the customers and markets which it serves. Sound planning and management will determine the mar- kets and product mixes which are best suited for the unique capabilities and objectives of individual converters. "Feasibility of conversion to high-tech innovations must also be carefully evaluated on an individual basis. Regardless of the choice of equipment, training, supervision and devel- opment of a truly professional environment will always carry top priority. "This is where FT A has made an outstanding contribution and here its presence will continue to be needed." -Norm Abrams, Foundinq Father, FTA, Forum 1983, Keynote Address FTA 50th Anniversary Journal 67
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