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FLEXO Magazine : June 2013
realistic, information on cost implications. Acute awareness served to provide detailed processes.” Dan Robinette, The Robinette Co., synopsized the experi- ence in succinct terms. “Full audience penetration without sacrificing content.” AWARDS & ACCOLADES More than 120 awards of distinction were handed out over the course of events. Serving as the showcase for most pre- sentations was Sunday night’s banquet. There, the complete roster of 2013’s 104 Excellence in Flexography Awards was unveiled for the first time. The highlight: the competition’s seven Best of Show Award designees were called to the stage (See Awards Gallery sidebar). Other prominent presentations saw Gary Hilliard, past FTA chairman, posthumously inducted into FTA’s Flexo Hall of Fame, as well as introduction of the FTA Training and Educa- tion Services Team’s TEST Educational Leadership Recogni- tion Award. FTA President Mark Cisternino and Education Di- rector Joe Tuccitto explained, “Since the inception of the TEST initiative five years back, many member companies have embraced the educational offerings of the FIRST Certifica- tion program. Tonight, the TEST team would like to recognize a company that has displayed exceptional leadership to its employees through its investment in FIRST Certification. The Prairie State Group management team has demonstrated its commitment to employee professional development through embracing the FIRST Certification learning model and dedi- cating the necessary company resources to make people successful in the program.” In a nod to FTA’s 55th anniversary, Forum/INFO*FLEX attend- ees shared in the opportunity to win cash and physical prizes— including a Kindle and iPad Mini. Names were drawn from the raffle drum on numerous occasions. Lucky winners were: • Mike Gerondale, MECA & Technology Machine • Tracey Southerland, Precision AirConvey • Ana Karina Narvaez Ibanez, Fol-Mex, S.A. de C.V. • Josh Burke, C -P Flexible Packaging Inc. TRADEMARK TRADESHOW With 205 exhibitors, 247 booth spaces, eight-hours of valu- able networking time on the easy-to-navigate show floor and another two hours of prime face-to-face time in the open-air setting offered by a heavily attended Networking Reception, INFO*FLEX demonstrated strength as a drawing card to FTA’s annual meeting. It showcased many of the technologies discussed in Forum sessions and elaborated on the benefits and value that can be derived from their use and adoption. An in-house pre- sentation theater served to call attention to new advances in platemaking, speed, durability, performance, color control and other pathways to greater profitability. Ideas were gleaned and follow-up was planned. Participants included: Eastman Kodak, Max Daetwyler Corp. , MacDermid Printing Solutions, Pamarco Global Graphics, Sun Chemical Corp., Techkon USA, and Xeikon. “ Wow! Change is coming fast, noted Mike Bectel, Grand Rapids Label. “Good frontline feedback.” Dan Heller, 360 Imaging, called INFO*FLEX and Forum too, for that matter, “A lways a highlight of the year.” Dan Trizulny, SGS said it, “Opened my eyes to many new things.” Others observations alluded to similar facts. Sean Teufler, Harper Corporation of America, remarked, “Communications breeds capabilities.” Ryerson University ’s Ian Baitz lamented, “Fascinating, very useful. First time I’ve seen some of these technologies.” Exhibitors praised the show as well. Paul Sharkey, FLXON, said, “We were very pleased with INFO*FLEX. It generated 15 or 16 very good opportunities that I can’t say we would have otherwise identified. It was a strong beginning at a great networking event.” At the close of re-sign, some 70 percent of available booth space for 2014 had been reserved. Approximately 80 spaces remain. All are available on a first-come/first-served basis. 32 FLEXO June 2013 www.flexography.org ROSSINI RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS Forum 2013 saw four college students recognized for vision, scope and research skills that culminated in presentation of either first or second place awards in the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association Rossini Scholarship Competition. First place went to three California Polytechnic State University students who shared the $13,000 award and traveled to the 2013 Forum as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Felice Rossini. The team, all juniors, included: Natalee Consulo, Mark MacManus and Lena Haidar. Faculty advisor was Malcolm Keif. Their research study will document key vari- ables contrasting conventional UV flexo printing with LED UV flexo printing. Analy- ses is to encompass energy consumption, substrate temperature under lamp, ink color gamut, curing speed, curing effectiveness, ink composition distinctions, cost of ink and cost of curing system. Zachary Root, a junior at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo; was presented with the $9,500 second place award, as well as the all-expense paid trip to Forum. His faculty advisor: Dr. Paul Fleming. His research will exam- ine ink misting in a high speed press envi- ronment—1 ,600 -2 ,000 fpm. Variables—vis- cosity, anilox volume, doctor blade metering, etc.—will be tested independently. Submersible Longer Life Tighter Tolerances Higher Quality No Ink Penetration The new HD.WaterProofTM sleeves from Apex represent a real “sea change” for the flexo industry. Lightweight and easy to clean and handle, Apex HD.WaterProofTM sleeves ensure greater consistency and a higher quality print throughout. The revolutionary design minimizes ink penetration, leading to increased life expectancy and substantially lower costs. So why not take the plunge and see what next generation anilox sleeves can do for you? HD.WaterProofTM from Apex: leaving the competition high and dry. visit www.apex-groupofcompanies.com