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FLEXO Magazine : December 2013
FTA TODAY Print to the numbers—the clarion call of Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) and its members—has continued to win advocates over the course of the past five years. Today, a growing number of proponents empha- size the application of statistical process controls, using Flex- ographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST) as their platform. Day in and day out, they engage in the pursuit of quality, consistent, predictable and repeatable print results—from the initial run, straight through to every and all succeeding runs. Embracing FTA’s charter, the organization, its staff and its member base—printers/converters, suppliers, premedia pro- viders, distributors, educators, students, consultants, design- ers, package buyers and all stakeholders in the packaging development supply chain—strive to position flexography as the global packaging industry ’s print process of choice. It’s been that way since 1958. At 55, FTA continues to exert formidable influence on print and packaging practitioners. The story has unfolded over the course of five decades, with noticeable and numerous inroads documented from the celebration of the association’s 50th anniversary in 2008 to its 55th in 2013. In the past five years, FTA has welcomed some 8,000 dele- gates to its Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition, averag- ing anywhere from 1,500 to 1,700 on each individual occasion. INFO*FLEX 2013 drew capacilty crowds, who one night earlier saw the Best of Show winners in the Excellence in Flexography Awards competition revealed. www.flexography.org DECEMBER 2013 FLEXO 27 Yellow / Magenta/ Cyan / PANTONE2945 C / Black / VarnishOUTL / Varnish Yellow / Magenta/ Cyan / PANTONE2945 C / Black / VarnishOUTL / Varnish ReturnAddress : TescoStoresLtd , P . O . Box 5199 , NorthamptonNN36ZA . Aldershot Welcome to your new look store Coup on s inside! P l easerecyc l eme 5mm 5mm C M Y K TESCOAldershot98.28300nxMPS 162x229TESCO A l dersho t.i ndd 1 26 / 11 / 2012 13 : 16 Best Label’s John Crammer and AGFA-Pitman’s Douglas Staggs examine printed results on the web , as part of 2012’s FIRST/FLEXO process control print demo.. 55th Anniversary! A 2008-2013 Retrospective By Robert Moran & Brad Pareso