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FLEXO Magazine : February 2014
• Emerging Flexo Markets: Is Your Business Positioned for Future Growth Peer into the future of groundbreaking packaging design and trends that are on the verge of exploding • Refining The Flexo Process: FQC in Action Fine tune current operations to monitor operations and stretch every dollar that much further On the floor of the awards judging, there was plenty of talk about this year ’s crop of entrants, what techniques were dom- inant, job difficulty and other observations. Some overheard assessments: • “Brighter color and higher densities, resulting in bolder color builds. We also saw some really nice screen work done in spot colors.” – Scott McLeod, Robbie Fantastic Flexibles • “Fades to zero have improved. I attribute this to better screening technology.” – Cayleigh Nichols, Esko • “[Line clarity] continues to improve. More printers have embraced technological advancements, resulting in bet- ter overall print results.” – Bill Malm, Flexo Wash LLC • “Flexo is continuing to adapt and adopt to compete with other print disciplines. This is the mindset every printer who wants to maintain an increase in margins must take.” – Sean Teufler, Harper Corporation of America • “Print quality has improved, due to new screening tech- nologies and optimizations in the print process.” – Kim Madigan, Smyth Companies • “Higher LPIs used with the correct aniloxes shows that optimization must have occurred... cleaner print and fin- er dots are all things that were seen... that bring benefits to the printer, package and end users. ” – Dan Crammer, Best Label n Editor’s Note: FLEXO® Magazine will showcase all 102 Excel- lence in Flexography Award Winners in its May, Forum focused edition. The presentation will start on the issue’s front cover, where “Best of Show ” honorees will be prominently featured. From there, a special fold out cover gatefold will provide a glimpse at Gold Medal winners, with inside pages presenting a category by category and classification by classification recap. Distribution is set for just after the Awards Banquet, Sunday, April 27 at Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, MD. www.flexography.org FEBRUARY 2014 FLEXO 53 Dozens of judges descended on Baltimore to analyze and critique hundreds of entries in FTA’s Excellence in Flexography Awards. Spend the day with members of the flexo industry somewhere slightly more scenic than the inside of a press shop—on the greens of Maryland’s Mountain Branch Golf Course. Proceeds benefit a scholarship dedicated to J.P. Buckley, a dear friend and much admired professional of the flexographic community. Not a golf pro? Don’t worry—proper attire is all that’s required. Cost is $150 per golfer, which includes greens fee, a boxed lunch, drink tickets and a post outing reception. Visit www.flexography.org for more information. J.P. Buckley Golf Tournament Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.