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FLEXO Magazine : December 2013
EXPANDED GAMUT II PROGRESS Project updates were provided at Fall Conference by the teams. Sean Teufler updated attendees on the Expanded Gamut II progress. An aggressive deadline of February 2014 is needed to provide team results for the next update of Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerance (FIRST). The four subteams are working on measurement for process control, optimizing ink and press variables, rec- ommending hue angle/specifications and communication requirements. NEAR NEUTRAL SHIFTING INTO GEAR The Near Neutral Post Print project is gaining momentum. Steve Smiley recently provided an update. The team has developed a target and is looking to enlist several printers to run trials on multiple substrates and ink types. Near neutral calibration will then be applied and the print results will be compared. The goal will be to determine whether G7 calibra- tion will align multiple pressruns on multiple substrates on postprint corrugated. If you are a printer and want to contribute your expertise and resources to the team, please contact Steve or any team member. ANILOX GAUGE R&R II REPORT Jean Jackson provided an update on the nearly complete Anilox Gauge R&R II project. The data has been collected and analyzed. The team is working on a final report which should be completed and presented at Forum 2014. Many dedicated team members have worked to bring this project to conclusion. ORGANIZATION CHANGES In an effort to increase communication and decrease the number of meetings we all attend, the FQC Executive and Leadership teams have been combined and now meet bimonthly to review project progress and conduct FQC business. This has really helped streamline communication and increase the interaction between the Executive team and project leaders. The team has also had to say goodbye to one of its long time members and former leader, Paul Lodewyck. Paul con- tributed many years to the FQC and to its mission. Although he is retired from the flexo industry, Paul has taken on a new position to keep himself engaged and active. He will now be devoting his time to a new career. The team would like to thank Paul for all of his efforts and wish him well in his new role. The Executive Team will be recruiting a replacement for Paul shortly. n About the Author: Jean Engelke is the global flexographic product marketing manager for Kodak and chair of FTA’s Flexo Quality Consortium. SEE PAGE 40 FOR THE STANDARDS WORKING GROUP UPDATE. www.flexography.org DECEMBER 2013 FLEXO 7 • Heavy duty linear adjustment mechanism. • Chamber body made from corrosion resistant lightweight composite material or high grade aluminum. • Rigid cross member keeps the chamber straight and distortion free. •• Magnets inside chamber body to collect metal debris. Allison Flexo Chambered Blade Systems Engineered Solutions for All Your Flexo Doctoring Needs! www.allisonblades.com firstname.lastname@example.org 220 Adams St Riverside, NJ 08075 Tel: 856-461-9111 Fax: 856-461-9373 • OEM or Custom Designed to Work With Most End Seal Applications. • Various Materials Available to Stop Leakage and Increase Seal Life. • On-Site Consultation and Testing, If Required. Put Allison End Seals to Work for You! Call, email or visit our newly redesigned website.