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FLEXO Magazine : November 2013
Assigns Meaning to Measurements Areal eye-opener!”— that’s how several of the 313 attendees to Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) 2013 Fall Conference described the proceed- ings. Delegates praised speakers, delivery, topics, networking opportunities and decreed information conveyed as essential and of value to any/all print production executives. Counted among their assessments: “Informative and noteworthy.” “Unique and interesting.” “ Good presentations.” “Complex concepts.” “Amazing data.” “ Real-world issues.” “Great back and forth with the presenters asking questions of each other.” “ Lots of common sense explanation with techni- cal details.” The event, staged in Kansas City, MO, Oct. 14 -16, was themed, “Got Data, Now What?” It was chaired by Mike Orcutt, Matthews Brand Solutions, and Bart Wright, InterFlex Group. Consisting of eight sessions and 20 formal briefings, the conference began with a preview—”How G7 and the Seven New Reference Conditions Make You Money ” —included continual access to a record-setting tabletop exhibit, spanned three days; and brought data collection, analysis, quality, consistency, componentry and quantifiable solutions devel- opment to the forefront. Attendance increased by 10 percent from 2012. At its conclusion, largely positive reviews poured in. “Good material, great visuals, lots of data,” explained Jane Willerd- ing, Matthews Brand Solutions. “ Great enthusiasm for subject matter that can be difficult to present was displayed. Speak- ers taught, rather than just presenting.” SimPLe YeT ComPLeX “FTA’s Fall Conference started out simple and built up from there,” noted Ashley Holbrook, Tabco Inc. “I learned a great deal.” Bob Coomes, Plastic Packaging Technologies., heard, “Practical applications that are doable in our business.” “ Well done,” noted Kevin Bourquin, Cyber Graphics. “ Fall Conference put real meaning behind what we measure all day! That approach drove home the topic and its important message.“ John Paine, C -P Flexible Packaging, expressed similar thoughts. “Information and advice conveyed will make trending easier. Methods and systems showcased will provide real-time feedback to operators.” Lori Ashford, Robbie Fantastic Flexibles, cited, “Very good examples on how stats can be applied to print applications and prove essential to setting the stage for continual improve- ments.” Al Pulsinelli, Prairie State Group, deemed the presenta- tions “easy to follow,” and their delivery “great.” Similarly, Lon CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS • 300+ Attendees • 10 percent Larger Audience than 2012 • 8 Sessions • 20 Speakers • 50 Conference Exhibitor/Sponsors Robinson, Tension Corp. and FTA Chairman of the Board, said speakers “did a good job of simplifying difficult subject matter.” Other attendees heralded FTA’s Fall Conference as, “A good attempt to simplify a complex system, provide real world data, incorporate levity and actually provide solutions.” Ses- sions were said to “Capture real results from real pressrooms and focus on delivery of honest evaluations.” “Logical and well presented,” is how Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group, and FTA/FFTA Board Member, described the proceedings. “FTA’s Fall Conference covered all aspects— from prepress to press, to ink, etc. ...Passionate speakers drove points home!” SPonSorS’ SHoWCASe The 50 exhibiting/sponsoring companies included: 360 Im- aging / Brandcolor Imaging; 3M Industrial Tapes & Adhesives Division; ACTEGA WIT; Acucote Inc.; AGFA Graphics/Pitman; All Printing Resources; Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.; Aquaflex/ PCMC; ARC International; AVT - Advanced Vision Technology; Beta Industries; BST Pro Mark; Carey Color Inc.; Color-Logic Inc.; CT Graphic Arts; CS Labs (A Bradley Systems Co.); Dae- twyler Corp.; DCM Usimeca; DuPont Packaging Graphics and Durst Image Technology US, LLC. Also: Eaglewood Technologies, LLC / Sani-Blast; Electron- ics for Imaging, Inc. (EFI); eltromat America, Inc.; Erhardt + Leimer Inc.; Esko; EyeC-America, LLC; Fine Line Graph- “ 28 FLeXO NOVEMbEr 2013 www.flexography.org www.flexography.org NOVEMbEr 2013 FLeXO 29 FTa TODAY