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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
THE 19905 CHARTING THE COURSE: FQC IN ACTION "In today's competitive and uncertain marketplace, it's no longer enough to meet our cus- tomers' needs. Instead, we must exceed them. By sharing our knowledge and expertise, we can make flexography an even better and more profitable industry. With this ideal in mind, the Flexo Quality Consortium is here this morning. "While flexography today is one of the fastest growing and most widely used printing processes in the world, it wasn't too long ago that flexo was considered the low-cost, low- quality printing method. Over the last decade, however, an explosion of changes occurred that revolutionized our industry. "For example: Inks have evolved from solvent to water-based. Press speeds have soared from 300 to more than 2,000 fpm. Inking systems have advanced from rubber-roll transfer to chambered doctor blade metering. Once limited to the very simplest line work, today's flexo printers are producing beautiful process color and complex graphics. More and more jobs are being successfully converted from rotogravure and offset lithography. The technological breakthroughs we've experienced have neen significant and far reaching. "But, there is still a certain amount of mystery around flexography. Little is known about how to control the process or how to accurately predict certain results-and then reproduce them. Unlike offset lithography, there are few proven controls or stan- dards in our industry. While many of us have enacted successful quality control and statistical process control programs, we still lack an intimate knowledge about how to measure and control flexography. "One of the most pressing issue we face as an industry is the need for more thorough knowledge about how to control the flexo process. If we had this information, we could create industry standards and guidelines that can help us secure reproducible results and improve quality. This, in turn, can bring new technological advancements, and equip us with the ways and means to better accept and manage change." -Gwen Chen, DuPont Paclca9in9 Graphics, spealcin9 at Forum 1992 and outlinin9 objectives she shared with FQ.C ori9ination team members: David Argent, CZ Inlcsj Steve Cushner, DuPontj Milce McPherron, Union CarbidejJeffQ.uadland and Steve Utschi9, Fox Valley Technical College. New products developed and marketed by FTA/FFTA in the early 1990s included the Quality Control Manual. plus World of Flexo educational training aids. 1990-FTA FLEXO meeting in Moscow occurs. Speakers from five countries fill the program and a Russian supplement of FLEXO Magazine is distributed to meeting participants and exhibit visitors. The supplement includes 18 advertisements and all editorial is printed in Cyrillic-the Russian language. 1990 FTA introduces World ofFlexo a public relations program ready for member use. The short version is 15 minutes and is designed for presentation in service club and business meeting settings. The second version depicts flexography as a career choice and is directed at educational institutions. At the heart of both programs is a set of 80 slides. FTA International Seminars take place in Venezuela (June 5-6) and Jamaica (June 8-9). Chairmen are Branimir Miletic and George Gaulding. Topics include presses and computer- ization; photopolymer and molded rubber plates, inks, anilox rolls, newspaper flexo, adhesives and laminations. Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 adopted. FTA 50th Anniversary Journal 75
Flexo Sustainable Spring 2008