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FLEXO Magazine : October 2013
hey there, you brilliant flexographer. That’s right, brilliant. Don’t be coy. We see the genius of your work all year long. You make bold decisions. Take risks. Use processes and techniques that comply with FIRST. Produce complex printed pieces that get the results everyone wants. It takes guts and determination to do that. And now, we invite you to submit your very best work - the ground-breaking, game-changing, and all-around exceptional pieces that are worthy of the industry’s most prestigious distinction, an Excel- lence in Flexography award. submit your entries today! eligibility: All flexographic printers/converters, print buyers, suppliers, designers and students worldwide are invited to participate, regardless of membership status. entries • May be submitted by supplier companies on behalf of a printer or designer with their approval (other than Self-promotion). • Must have been flexographically printed; if only a portion of the entry is flexographically printed please identify what part is flexo and what is not on the Technical Data Form in the Additional Technical Information space. • Must have been produced for a production run of an actual market product. Products from tests, sample runs, and mock-ups (with the exception of Student and Self-promotion entries) are not eligible. • Must have customer’s (print buyer’s) approval. • May be submitted by designers directly. • Must have been produced between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. entry classifications wide web: Entries produced on presses having a width greater than 44” Mid web: Entries produced on presses having a width greater than 24” up to and including 44” narrow web: Entries produced on presses having a width of 24” or less napkins: Entries printed on tissue-like paper folded and cut in-line (typical of party goods & specialty design products) coMbined corrugated: Entries printed directly on sheet-fed combined board (all flutes, combinations, and liner weights) preprinted linerboard: Entries printed directly on web-fed linerboard before being converted into corrugated board envelope: Entries printed both on- and off-line on envelopes of any kind self-proMotion: Entries printed by companies in-house to promote their printing capabilities (Limit of 3 – only open to printers/converters, excludes Student entries) student: Entries from students enrolled in a recognized technical, vocational or graphic arts institution. All entries must be produced and printed by students avoid messy handwriting! Complete your entry forms online at www.flexography.org/excellence Categories: Please read carefully! priMary print categories line: Printing consisting predominantly of solids and lines [can contain some screen or process elements (less than 10%), but will remain as a line item and will be judged accordingly]. screen: Printing consisting predominantly of continuous tone screen tints, vignettes, halftones, and duotones using any set of ink colors. Screen entries may also include line printing and/or process printing (less than 10%), but will remain as a screen item and will be judged accordingly. process: Printing consisting predominately of three or more colors in the reproduction of an image. The result appears as a “full color” image obtained by the overlapping of various size dots to simulate changes in density and hue of color that give the final appearance of a full color spectrum. Many of these entries may include line and screen elements. all process entries should include a color contract proof. Points are awarded for the inclusion of the contract proof (target) and the point amount is based upon the quality (closeness) of the match. substrate categories for the web entry classifications filM Metallized substrate: Printing must be directly on the metallized surface of the substrate, otherwise the entry should be submitted in film or paper. coated paper: Up to 0.012” thick. uncoated paper: Up to 0.012” thick. paperboard: 0.009” or greater in thickness; this includes folding carton, liquid packaging and tags, etc. entry requireMents To be accepted for judging your entry must include: • A completed Entry Form. • An accurately completed Technical Data Form. • All applicable entry fees. • Proper number of print samples. » web printed saMples, in roll form, must have four (4) sequential, continuous full web width 360-degree revolutions of the print cylinder. Samples may be submitted in sheeted singles only if the roll form is not possible [example: for a 2 across / 2 around job 16 sheets need to be submitted]. A statement MUST accompany the submission explaining why the roll form is not possible. If the proper number of impressions or the full web width is not submitted, the entry may be judged, but in all likelihood will NOT be considered for an award. » Envelope, four (4) consecutive finished & four (4) consecutive unfinished. If available please submit roll-to-roll 4-cylinder repeats of the web. » Combined Corrugated and Napkin entries must submit a minimum of four (4) preferably consecutive revolutions. • If possible, please submit a high-res image of the entry to Shelley Rubin (email@example.com). iMportant note If an entry fails to meet any of the above requirements, the ineligible entry will not be returned and the entry fee will not be refunded. questions? Contact Shelley Rubin (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 631-737-6020 x36. avoid messy handwriting! Complete your entry forms online at www.flexography.org/excellence