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FLEXO Magazine : May 2013
NOW acceptiNg eNtries year-rOuNd fta’s 2014 excellence in flexography awards competition www.flexography.org/excellence holding the industry back from continuing to take business away from the other processes available. In the wide web category, 17 medals were given out, repre- senting 17 percent of the total awards. Wide web work earned 17 percent of the gold awards; 21 percent of silver; and 12 percent of bronze. Judges in the wide web area included: Ed Castro, DuPont; Scott Seymour, Sealed Air/Cryovac; Bart Wright, Interflex Group; Bettylyn Krafft, Phoenix Challenge; Mark Causey, Beck Atlanta; Bill Malm, FlexoWash; Malcolm Keif, Cal Poly; Mark Miller, Anagram International; Jean Engelke, Eastman Kodak; Cori Devlin, DuPont; Pam Dorrough, 3M; Rory Marsoun, Esko. “T he 150 line screen clarity [was] amazing,” exclaimed Seymor. “T he designs are simple yet clean. This year really pushed the level of difficulty to new, higher heights. ” In the envelope category, 15 awards were doled out, repre- senting 15 percent of the total. Envelopes earned 17 percent of the gold medals; 15 percent of silver; and 12 percent of bronze. Judging the envelope entries: Bill Rund, Mac Papers Envelope Converters; Kevin Saathoff, Tension Corp.; Mike Hailfinger, INX International; Andy Schipke, Winkler & Dun- nebier; Colleen Twomey, Cal Poly. According to Twomey, “It is really exciting to see the work students are doing now,” They were very creative. The future looks bright for the industry.” Student work took 4 percent of awards. A lot of talk indicated that flexography is continuing to rival and even surpass offset, gravure and digital print processes. Many judges noticed that there were a large number of print jobs that have changed from gravure to flexo, and they attributed that as being the result of implementation of new technology. In the combined corrugated category, 13 awards were earned, representing 13 percent of the total. Combined cor- A few of the entries were LARGE. Entries are judged on degree of difficulty and level execution by separate panels. Democratic, lively discussions were common during the judging process. 60 FLEXO mAy 2013 www.flexography.org