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FLEXO Magazine : June 2013
with long runs at high speed, “Avoid extreme highlights to prevent dirty print. Also avoid overdetacking and soft plates.” With FQC addressed, the agenda turned to FIRST. Forum Chairman Bob Mullen opened the session with these com- ments. “Don’t waste time. Know what you are going to do. Run to the numbers. Move from alchemy to art form. ” Participating in the discussion were Rich Emmerling, Flint Group; Mark Mazur, DuPont Packaging Graphics; Jay Sperry, Havi Global Solutions; Rose McKernon, FTA; Robb Frimming, Schawk; Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark, John Crammer, Best Label and Jennye Scott, Berry Plastics. Sperry called for alignment, clear specifications, quantify- ing print performance and understanding print performance. Marquardt declared, “Put the tools in place to make life much easier. Leverage work that has already been done. Proof is contract. Match it. Ramp-up training. Build your knowledge. Be more confident in the product you are selling us. I want to buy every revolution of the CI press. Use best practices to assure your most cost effective operation.” “Keep waste low and quality high,” he urged attendees. “FIRST works!” “You’ll make money and we’ll get good product. Be predictable, consistent, repeatable, cost effec- tive—PCRC.” Crammer offered, “When I found FIRST, I found a solution that would help me help my people be better. Today, Best Label delivers cost effective, consistent, accurate print every time. We manage all process control aspects of what we do. Optimize, fingerprint, characterize—bring things full circle. Know how the press is going to print to that proof. ” Scott, decreed, “With FIRST, we’ve experienced a 64 per- cent waste reduction...We’re now taking what we’ve learned through FIRST and applying it to other print processes, par- ticularly dry offset.” INSIGHTS APPLAUDED Assessing the quality, value and return-on-investment (ROI) associated with Forum came easy to attendees. Most every- one attested to identifying new ideas that will be put to good use in their plant. Based on what was said, delegates identi- fied with the programs, shared the same challenges and appreciated the suggested approaches to deploy in resolving issue after issue. “Good stuff!,” exclaimed David Bankson, Label Technology. “Interesting. Great new technology. Fantastic insights on sus- tainability.” Vic Corenflos, Bemis, offered, “Very relevant. Very much in line with what printers have been challenged with. Love the new concepts and ideas presented—even those that are not yet fully baked “Great potential, nice presentations, extremely interest- ing,” Steve Mullins, Exopack, proclaimed. To that, Anastasia Vasyuta, University of Central Missouri, added, “Awesome speeches... The future is now!” John Gaber, Flint Group, commented, “Great topics, good visual examples. ROI content is excellent!” Seemingly agree- ing was Dave Potter, Plastic Packaging Technologies. “ Well organized and articulated. Good management perspectives. ” “Down to earth and real! Easy to relate to!,” said John Cow- ens, Temkin International. “Real world situations that we all face or all soon will face. ” T hat said, Al Bowers, RR Donnelly, pointed out, “Great examples grab attention, especially when delivered in such engaging style.” Reiterating Bowers’ words was Jason Lisi, assistant profes- sor, Ryerson University. “Engaging, open, honest. Great presentations. Amazing speakers. Terrific examples. ” Josh Burke, C -P flexible Packaging deemed the talks to have,“ Great emphasis!” and foster, “High expectations.” Consensus of opinion was evident in remarks made by Larry Leto, North American Color. “Quality presentations on color relationships. Great interpretation of DE 2000. Very HD-ITR Flat Top Dot Seamless Sleeves High Definition Flexo Technical Partnerships Wisconsin . 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Find out what your press is missing... call Brad Vette at 1.800.388.7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 28 FLEXO June 2013 www.flexography.org FTA/FFTA OFFICERS ELECTED The Flexographic Technical Association and its Foundation elected the following slate of officers, with installation coinciding with completion of Forum 2013. • Jim Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp., chair- man, FFTA Board of Trustees • Lon Robinson III, Tension Corp., chairman FTA Board of Directors • Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp., FF TA chair elect • Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group, FTA/FFTA Trea- surer • Jason Barrier, Printpack, FFTA vice chair/Project Evaluations • Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Ltd. , F FTA, vice chair/Scholarships • John Crammer, Best Label, FTA vice chair/Educa- tion, CPCs • Jack Fulton, Printron, FTA vice chair/Suppliers • Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp., FFTA vice chair/Solicitations • Hank Welter, Exopack, FTA vice chair/Printers/Con- verters • Mark Cisternino, FTA/FFTA president • Eric Jones, The Label Co. • Peter Hartman, Polymount U.S ., LLC • Ian Hole, Esko • Kelly Roberts, Canflexographics • Mary Sullivan, Mark Andy Inc. • Howard B. Vreeland, Jr., Anderson & Vreeland Inc. Marquardt, Reinhardt and Robinson were elected to their second three-year terms, while Hole, Roberts, Sullivan and Vreeland—who has served on the FTA and FFTA Boards in the past—began their initial terms. Cis- ternino was re-elected to a role he has held since 2001. Retiring from the FTA/FFTA Board of Directors and Board of Trustees were Greg Platt, Southern Graphic Systems, immediate past chair, FTA and Mike Impasta- to, Flint Group (retired), immediate past chair, FFTA. Both were recognized for their service and contributions to the association and its members at Forum 2013.