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FLEXO Magazine : September 2013
About The Authors and the SLC: The FTA Printer/Converter Process & Technology Survey 2013 was conducted by FTA’s Supplier Leadership Council. Its members include: Matthew Apke, Kustom Group; Harry Bloom; Marty Cansler, Max Daetwyler, Corp.; Angelo Capozio, Alden & Ott Printing Inks; Rich Cervarich, DuPont Packaging Graphics; Ed Dedman, Graymills Corp.; Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group; Pam Dorrough, 3M; Don Duncan, Wikoff Color Corp.; Jean Engelke, Eastman Kodak; Jack L. Fulton, Printron Inc.; Bobby Furr, Max Daetwyler Corp. Also, Chan Hansen, DuPont Packaging Graphics; Bob Loescher, ACTEGA; Carol Mercer, CTS Technical Resources, Inc.; Bobbi Olp, All Printing Resources; Bill Poulson, Harper Corporation of America; Richard Rosenberger, Dart Contain- er Corp.; Ronald Schroder, Canflexographics; Craig J. Shields, Graymills Corp.; Tracey Southerland, Precision AirConvey Graphics; Sean Teufler, Harper Corporation of America; Gary Walton, Cincinnati State University and Jim Wegemer, INX International. This report was prepared by Ed Dedman, Jean Engelke, Craig Shields and Sean Teufler, as well as Doreen Montele- one, FTA sustainability specialist. Disclaimer: Pictured printers are FTA members who may or may not have been involved with the survey. Figure 2: Operational Issues: Respondents indicated press changeover and press makeready are the biggest bottlenecks. Figure 3: Linescreen Used: In general, TLD printers use a higher linescreen, while flexible packaging printers stay in the 100-200 range. FTA’s 2013 Fall Conference & Tabletop Exhibit Oct. 14-16 | Kansas city, MO GOTDATA? NOWWHAT? Harness the Power of Your Data for Smarter Printing. FTA’s Fall Conference is a must-attend event for any flexographic printer/converter that wants to improve efficiencies and overall print quality. Fifty exhibitors, 9 sessions and unlimited learning and networking opportunities await you. Oct. 14-16 | Kansas City, MO Register today. www.flexography.org 38 FLEXO sepTembeR 2013 www.flexography.org