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FLEXO Magazine : March 2014
FQC Update Two Projects to Be Presented at Forum, More in Progress By Jean Engelke The Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) continues to evolve and make progress on its projects. I would like to take a moment to thank all of our team leaders and their respective team members for all the tireless work they put into our ongoing projects. For many, this is a labor of love; often our time commitments fall on evenings and weekends, as all our workdays are filled with the business of flexo. We could not design, execute and bring these projects to completion without your tireless efforts. FINISHED FOR FORUM Speaking of completed projects, it is our intent to present two completed projects at Forum 2014. The Anilox Gauge R&R II Project embarked on its final testing in February and will be compiling and analyzing final results in time for the Forum. The final report will be presented during the FQC Session on Tuesday, April 29. The Expanded Gamut II Project is also concluding. The team is meeting its deadline to submit its recommendations to the upcoming update of Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances (FIRST) and will also be on the slate to be presented during the same session. The FQC Session will also include two additional presentations: UV ink research and ANSI-CGATS 21. Forum 2014 will also be the setting for the FQC Pre Confer- ence Working Meeting and Project Updates on Sunday, April 27. All of the other active project teams will be presenting their progress during this time. They will also have a work- ing meeting to enable face to face communication between team members and interested FTA membership. Sharing the spotlight with the project team updates will be a kick off presentation that includes a master’s thesis research project. The abstract for this project was submitted as a presentation for Forum and it was decided the FQC venue was a perfect place to showcase the results. You must put both the FQC Pre Conference Working Meeting and Project Update and the FQC Session on your itinerary for Forum 2014! MEMBERSHIP NOTES As we reported in our last update, the Executive Committee has recruited two new members to replace those now retired. I am very pleased to announce that John Paine, C -P Flexible Packaging and James Stone, G3 Enterprises have accepted their nominations to join the committee. John Paine is the senior process engineer and director of printing technology at C-P Flexible Packaging in York, PA . He has been involved in research and process engineering for the printing and packaging industries since 1988. John is a Certified Lean Manufacturing Trainer and Six Sigma Black Belt. He has a Bachelor ’s Degree in chemistry and a Mas- ter’s Degree in project management. He has participated in several FQC projects, is a member of the FLEXO® magazine Editorial Advisory Committee and the former chair of the Wide Web Leadership Council. James Stone is the technical business development manag- er for G3’s Label Division in Modesto, CA. James initially start- ed the Pressure Sensitive Division which included equipment installation, staffing and production startup. For the past nine years, James has held various rolls at G3 managing digital production and customer service. In his current role he offers technical support to bottling lines, product development, innovation and sales support. James’ career also included Jonergin Pacific, a premium supplier of value added wine labels, where he managed cus- tomer service and digital production departments, and Label Technology, as graphics manager, where he lead designers, mechanical artists and the plating department. James brings more than 22 years of experience in the wine, spirits, food and cosmetic label industry. The Executive Committee looks forward to working with our new members and drawing on their skills and expertise to help guide our activities. Welcome, John and James! n About the Author: Jean Engelke is the global flexographic product marketing manager for Kodak and chair of FTA’s Flexo Quality Consortium. FQC AT FORUM • Anilox Gauge R&R II Project • Expanded Gamut II Project • Research into UV inks • ANSI-CGATS 21 presentation FTA TODAY 48 FLEXO MARCH 2014 www.flexography.org