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FLEXO Magazine : May 2013
2013 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards Recap Creativity on Display Judges’ scores for the Flexographic Technical Associa- tion’s 2013 Excellence in Flexography Awards have been tallied! Over the course of four, late January days, 35 judges and 11 committee members huddled over, dis- cussed and critiqued 517 entries. They gathered from far and wide in sunny San Luis Obispo, CA, to take part in this industry-wide event. It wasn’t easy discerning the best from the rest – “ T here were too many that were just too good,” according to one judge – but eventually all determinations were handed down. After pouring over sample after sample, the painstaking work of the judges resulted in 104 total awards; including 35 gold, 34 silver, 33 bronze and two special promotion awards. The sheer number of excellent, creative and award-worthy entries was tremendous. But, when all were judged, the fol- lowing entries (pictured on FLEXO’s front cover) stood apart from the rest, earning both a gold medal and the coveted “Best of Show ” in their respective classes: • Sunshine Plastics Corp. for the Autumn Lakes Duck A L’Orange wrapper • Accredo Packaging for the Special Kitty Salmon wrapper • Smyth Companies for the Hochstadter ’s “Slow and Low ” Rock & Rye Whiskey Label • Colbert Flexographic Packaging Corp. for the Enviro- Guard VetGuard carton • Panflex, s .r.o. for the Samsung TV box • RockTenn Preprint Canada Inc for Skotidakis Greek Yogurt • Encore Envelopes Ltd. for the Tesco Every Little Helps envelope EXPERT’S EVALUATIONS The process of judging each entry is complex and democrat- ic. Judges inspect the print jobs in terms of level of execution; which includes substrate printability/ink compatibility, registra- tion tolerances, printing complexity, fineness of print and/or screen; tonal range (screen or process only), defect detectabil- ity, added difficulty, and accuracy of the technical data form; and degree of difficulty; which includes image sharpness, ink coverage, registration, dot/screen/vignette quality, consistency, CREATIVE CONCEPTS • More than 500 entries—up from last year’s competition • Creative uses of screening techniques, plates and varnishes • Photorealistic printing is becoming the “new normal” • Increased collaboration between printers and prepress providers evident • Overall print quality is continuing to increase • FIRST guidelines aid in color control and dot gain 58 FLEXO may 2013 www.flexography.org FTA TODay