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FLEXO Magazine : July 2013
FTA Networking Groups Offer Professional Development Experiences Flexographic Technical Association supports six net- working groups around North America. Each group offers opportunities to learn about the latest flexo technology and programs in an informal setting. Because they are region- al, members of the flexo community with limited ability to travel, now have the ability to attend FTA events. Three groups, FTA Great Lakes, Western NY and South- east were formed by volunteers from FTA’s Supplier Leader- ship Council over the past three years. FTA Greater Cincin- nati Networking Group is a reorganization of a previous local industry group. Twin Cities Flexo Association (TCFA) and the Canadian Flexographic Training Committee (CFTC) have been around a number of years and recently became fully supported by FTA as networking groups. A recent, late June meeting of FTA Southeast was held at Southern Champion Tray in Chattanooga, TN. Duane Wool- bright of FTA spoke about the Flexographic Image Repro- duction Specifications and Tolerances (FIRST) certification program, Jim Harris of ACTEGA WIT gave a presentation on ink productivity printing in the black and Greg Harms of Harper Corporation of America spoke on controlling the process. Approximately 50 people were in attendance. The Southeast group spans a relatively large geographic region and has previously held meetings at locations includ- ing JV Imaging in Marietta, GA, and Dixie Graphics in Nash- ville, TN. Carol Mercer of CTS Technical Resources and FTA SE group leader reports, “Our next meeting will be held in August at Daetwyler in Huntersville, NC and then sometime toward the end of the year, we’ll have one in Florida. ” The Western NY Flexo Network, led by Bill Poulson of Harper Corporation of America, has held two meetings thus far. Bill’s group focuses on the Rochester area having quite a few members of the printing industry located in that region. At the past meeting, the focus was “High Definition Flexo: What Is It & How to Get There. ” Speakers included Cori Devlin and Peter Menzian of DuPont Packaging Graph- ics, who spoke on the history and evolution of HD flexo, Bill spoke on optimizing anilox selec- tion, David Southall of Daetwyler spoke on doctor blade implemen- tation and Mike Metzler of 3M addressed sticky back selection. TCFA has monthly meetings for most of the year at a local restaurant in the Twin Cities area. “ We just com- pleted the 10th season of technical dinner meetings with a four-part review of anilox roll technology. Speakers from Apex, Praxair, Harper and Pamarco educated attendees on current engraving methods, best practices for care and cleaning, and took a look into their crystal ball regarding potential developments in this crucial area of the flexo pro- cess,” comments group leader, Ed Dedman of Graymills. “Our Inaugural TCFA Gary Hilliard Memorial Golf Outing was held on Monday, July 8. Our season will resume on Sept. 30 with a site visit and technical seminar hosted by 3M in Maplewood, MN. ” Richard Cervarich recently took the helm of the FTA Great Lakes Networking Group. In late June, a meeting was held at Screen USA in Rolling Meadows, IL. In addition to a tour of the site, Al Bowers of RR Donnelley spoke on premedia and Angelo Capozio of Alden & Ott Printing Ink addressed what was the latest in ink today. The Greater Cincin- nati group held its first meeting in May 2013. Among the presenta- tions was an introduc- tion to the group, a review of the 10 habits of print media profes- sionals, print media forecast and a review of 3D printers. In regard to leading meetings in the Cincinnati region, Gary Walton, professor emeritus at Cincinnati State comments, “Cincinnati will be one of the top 10 printing centers in the future and flexo will lead the way. ” CFTC recently joined the FTA Networking Groups and is championed by Bob Szoke. This group focuses on the On- tario region. The inaugural meeting of FTA-CFTC Network- ing Group was held at Ryerson University. The three guest speakers covered cost efficiency off press, from hitting the color early, matching the contract proof - to the end of the run and onto the second run. Their talks addressed costs and the impact on profit. Szoke comments about the format of the meetings, “Presentations are short, informative and to the point to stimulate discussions in an informal setting.” Over the last few years CFTC has been able to imple- ment a perpetual scholarship. The group has been able to fund student trips to FTA events through the CFTC Scholar- ship Golf Tournament. FTA has added networking groups as the need becomes apparent. There are discussions about developing a seventh networking group further to the south in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania region. Anyone interested in hosting a meeting, speaking, or sponsoring should feel free to contact FTA or the respective group leader listed in the roster on the facing page. Information about upcoming meetings can be found on FTA’s website www.flexography.org. In addition, updates are included on the main FTA LinkedIn site. 18 FLEXO July 2013 www.flexography.org Greater Cincinnati Flexo Network meeting Western New york Flexo Network meeting