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FLEXO Magazine : May 2013
publisher’s ink Dominant & Prominent Grab a gold... Snap up a silver... Bring home a bronze—100+ flexo printed package did just that in 2013. Seven, in fact, went one step further, capturing a “Best in Show ” title in Flexographic Technical Association’s Excellence in Flexography Awards competition. Their story unfolds on the front cover, the pull-out gatefold and the following pag- es. In fact, as this issue goes into initial distribution, on-site in San Diego, accolades will have just been handed out. All printers honored, as well as their accomplish- ments showcase an industry—one that is thriving, responsive, continually evolving and permanently positioned on the cusp of technical innovation. Collectively, the packages—labels, pouches, shrink sleeves, folding cartons, cor- rugated boxes, linerboard containers, envelopes, napkins, newspapers, balloons, tablecovers, cups, plates and flexibles—represent the finest work turned in by flexography in recent months. High quality graphics are ever present, tight registrations are held, tonal ranges are extensive, color is crisp, type is solid, screens are applied with precision. These trendlines held across most of the 517 entries; and definitely all of the 35 Gold medal works, 34 silver medal pieces and 33 bronze medal designees. Judges, as you’ll learn through FLEXO’s extensive recap, indicated that flexo- graphically produced packaging is continually improving, rivaling and oftentimes exceeding the quality of the competing offset, gravure and digital printing process- es. Many suggested that flexo technologies are improving faster than alternatives. In packaging circles, our process is both dominant and prominent. Perhaps that statement can best be illustrated by the selection of multiple ad- vancements—three to be specific—that garnered a prestigious FTA Technical Inno- vation Award for 2013: Mark Andy ’s Quick Change Diecut Station (page 46); Berry Plastics’ and OMSO’s Indirect Flexo (page 42) and GMG’s OpenColor (page 50). FORUM IN FOCUS At FTA’s 2013 Annual Forum, emerging and innovative trends will take center stage on several occasions—in technical sessions and networking exchanges on the INFO*FLEX floor. Awards presentations will make for an exciting gala banquet and, later in the multi-day program, serve as the launching pad for one complete technical session. It will shed light on award-winning work, as well as how it was produced. Incor- porated into the presentation will be a collection of helpful hints on how aspiring award winners can select the jobs to enter; utilize critiques from this year ’s judging to enhance performance, collect the correct number of samples, provide the neces- sary technical data, submit entries throughout the year, etc. etc. The session is being billed as one that attendees won’t want to miss at an event themed, “Right Here, Right Now!” Forum will also be examining food safety, expanded gamut printing, workflow automation, process controls, standards and specifications and celebrating a true milestone—FTA’s 55th Anniversary. Sounds like it should be a fantastic experience, filled with significant takeaways. 16 FleXO may 2013 www.flexography.org FTA TODay FTA Board of Directors FFTA Board of Trustees Greg Platt FTA Chairman of the Board Southern Graphic Systems Jim Nelson FFTA Chairman of the Board Great Lakes Packaging Corporation Lon Robinson III FTA Chair-Elect Tension Corporation Dan Doherty FTA/FFTA Treasurer Prairie State Group Danny Christianson FFTA Vice Chair, Scholarships Farnell Packaging Ltd. Eric Jones FFTA Vice Chair, Project Evaluations The Label Company Allen Marquardt FTA Vice Chair, Education/CPCs Kimberly-Clark Corporation Michael Reinhardt FFTA Vice Chair, Solicitations Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation Hank Welter FTA Vice Chair, Printers/Converters Exopack Mark Cisternino President Flexographic Technical Association Jason Barrier Printpack John Crammer Best Label Jack Fulton Printron Peter Hartman Polymount U.S. , L LC FLEXO Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee Richard Cervarich DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes All Printing Resources Jean Jackson Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys Staples Print Solutions John Meyer Color Resolutions International David Nunez International Paper John Paine C-P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson Encore Washington Ltd