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FLEXO Magazine : October 2013
print category codes Carefully select the correct print category code for each entry and indicate (where applicable) the substrate printed on. wide web: A.1 .a Line, Film A.1 .b Line, Metallized Substrate A.1 .c Line, Coated Paper A.1 .d Line, Uncoated Paper A.1 .e Line, Paperboard A.2 .a Screen, Film A.2 .b Screen, Metallized Substrate A.2 .c Screen, Coated Paper A.2 .d Screen, Uncoated Paper A.2 .e Screen, Paperboard A.3 .a Process, Film A.3 .b Process, Metallized Substrate A.3 .c Process, Coated Paper A.3 .d Process, Uncoated Paper A.3 .e Process, Paperboard Mid web: B.1.a Line, Film B.1.b Line, Metallized Substrate B.1.c Line, Coated Paper B.1.d Line, Uncoated Paper B.1.e Line, Paperboard B.2.a Screen, Film B.2.b Screen, Metallized Substrate B.2.c Screen, Coated Paper B.2.d Screen, Uncoated Paper B.2.e Screen, Paperboard B.3.a Process, Film B.3.b Process, Metallized Substrate B.3.c Process, Coated Paper B.3.d Process, Uncoated Paper B.3.e Process, Paperboard narrow web: C.1.a Line, Film C.1.b Line, Metallized Substrate C.1.c Line, Coated Paper C.1.d Line, Uncoated Paper C.1.e Line, Paperboard C.2.a Screen, Film C.2.b Screen, Metallized Substrate C.2.c Screen, Coated Paper C.2.d Screen, Uncoated Paper C.2.e Screen, Paperboard C.3.a Process, Film C.3.b Process, Metallized Substrate C.3.c Process, Coated Paper C.3.d Process, Uncoated Paper C.3.e Process, Paperboard napkins: D.1 Line D.2 Screen D.3 Process coMbined corrugated: E.1 Line E.2 Screen E.3 Process preprinted linerboard: F.1 Line F.2 Screen F.3 Process envelope: G.1 .c Line, Coated Paper G.1 .d Line, Uncoated Paper G.2 .c Screen, Coated Paper G.2 .d Screen, Uncoated Paper G.3 .c Process, Coated Paper G.3 .d Process, Uncoated Paper self-proMotion: (Open to printers/converters only) H.1 Maximum of 3 entries student: I.1 .a High School I.1 .b Post-secondary School avoid messy handwriting! Complete your entry forms online at www.flexography.org/excellence awards Judging guidelines Judging: Qualified teams will blind judge all entries for Degree of Difficulty and Level of Execution. degree of difficulty (dd): The Degree of Difficulty of an entry will be determined by the following criteria: substrate printability/ink coMpatibility: Five to ten points will be awarded based on the difficulty of successfully applying the ink used to the particular substrate. Judges will consider all aspects of the particular substrate in order to determine an exact DD score within the given ranges. registration tolerances: If the design and graphics of the entry require extraordinarily close tolerances for all registration aspects, a DD score of 10 may be awarded by the judges. Less stringent registration requirements will be given appropriately lower scores as determined by the judges. Registration requirements that are below average as a difficulty factor in printing the entry may be awarded a low point score. plate/printing coMplexity: Higher scores will be awarded for multiple outs, multiple press passes, printing on both sides of the substrate, and unusual or complicated web or substrate handling. Higher scores will also be awarded for a print from one plate with incompatible elements over a similar print where incompatible elements are divided into multiple plates of the same color. Incompatible elements are solids, reverses, tints, halftones, line art, and type in various sizes and combinations printed the same color. fineness of print and/or screen: Exceedingly fine type, graphics, and fine screen values (for screen and process) will be given appropriately high DD scores. tonal range: A tonal range for screen and process from 1% to 100% dots will be given a DD score of 10. Commensurately lower DD scores will be awarded for narrower tonal ranges. defect detectability: Design and graphics are such that print defects and imperfections are not easily or clearly seen. A “clean” design will warrant a higher score than more “busy” designs. technical data forM: To aid the judges’ ability in evaluating the entry, it is important that the Technical Data Form be completed with as much information as possible. level of execution (le): The Level of Execution score of an entry will be determined by the following criteria: iMage sharpness: Clarity, clean and sharp edges, fill-in, squeeze, excessive ink laydown, spots, hairs, hickeys, waviness and any other print attributes or defects will be evaluated. ink coverage: Solids and trap areas will be evaluated for smooth, complete, even pinhole and void-free ink laydown. registration: Copy straightness, alignment, and precision of registration of all elements, including process vignettes (including copy to shape or die, as applicable). dot/screen/vignette quality: Screen and process areas for dot print quality, dot drop-off, bridging, moiré, missing dots and overall appearance of these areas. The entry will be compared to that target to determine the degree of target accomplishment. consistency: Consistency of all previously judged variables throughout the image and the submission of four revolutions of the cylinder. award levels: At the discretion of the awards judges, a Gold, Silver, and/or Bronze Award may be given in each subcategory within each major classification. best of show: At the discretion of the judges and Awards Committee, a Best of Show is awarded in each of the major classifications (Wide Web, Mid Web, Narrow Web, Napkins, Combined Corrugated, Preprinted Linerboard, and Envelope). The selection will be made from among the Gold Award winners in the classification. The FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards Competition winners will be announced and placed on display during FTA’s 2014 Annual Forum & INFO*FLEX Exhibition in Baltimore, MD, April 27-30. avoid messy handwriting! Complete your entry forms online at www.flexography.org/excellence