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FLEXO Magazine : May 2014
GOLD&BES T OFSHOWEXC E LLENCEMAY2014 20 14 EXCELLE N CEI N FLEXOGR A P HYAWA RDS REC A P M AY 2014 VOLUME 39, NO. 5 In This Issue “They” say awards season is early in the year — There’s the Golden Globes and Grammys in January, BAFTA awards in February, Oscars in March. “They” are partially right: Back in January, judges for the 2014 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards convened, observed and awarded 102 entries with honors. But it isn’t until now, at 2014 Forum/INFO*FLEX, that the winners are revealed. Awards season is now. Peruse the pages of this, the May FLEXO®, to see what the best of flexo printing has to offer, along with the Hall of Fame inductee, President’s Award honorees, Technical Innovation Award recipients, TEST Educational Leadership Award winner and Sustainability Excellence Award victor. FTA TODAY 14 President’s Award Mark Cisternino Paul Teachout, of Harper Corporation of America, and Robb Frimming, of SCHAWK!, through their service to the flexographic industry, are recipients of the 2014 FTA President’s Award. 24 Hall of Fame Robert Moran Dr. J. Page Crouch has spent his career working tirelessly to inspire students to forge their own paths in the industry. With a lengthy list of accolades rightfully earned over the past 70 years, he now becomes the 52nd member of flexography ’s most hallowed group. 53 Excellence Awards Recap Brad Pareso After building anticipation for months, the cat’s out of the bag: See who took home what and what judges have to say about this year ’s crop of awards entries in this FLEXO® exclusive recap from the 2014 Excellence in Flexography Awards. 62 FTA 2014 Excellence in Flexography Awards A page by page walkthrough of each category ’s best of show, gold medal, silver medal and bronze medal winners, from wide web to narrow web, corrugated to college student. INDUSTRY INDICATORS 18 Pressing Issues Winners from the 2014 International Phoenix Challenge High School Flexo Competition, a recap of Mark Andy ’s recent open house event, a new collaborative effort from four European companies, Flint’s purchase and Fusion Flexo’s acquisition of Hughes Integrated. FLEXO® Magazine (ISSN-1051-7324) is published monthly by the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association. Address all correspondence to FLEXO® Magazine, 3920 Veterans Memorial Hwy Ste 9 Bohemia NY 11716-1074. Telephone: 631-737-6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright ©2014. All rights reserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 U.S./$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 U.S ./$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 U.S./$170 foreign. Single copies: $7 U.S./$10 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Bohemia, NY 11716, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXO® Magazine, 3920 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 9, Bohemia, NY 11716-1074, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXO® Magazine is the official journal of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance flexographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXO® Magazine does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the FFTA. Opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the FFTA. FTA HEADQUARTERS & FLEXO® EDITORIAL, ADVERTISING, SUBSCRIBER SERVICES 3920 Veterans Memorial Hwy Ste 9 Bohemia NY 11716-1074 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PUBLISHER Robert Moran, ext. 17 firstname.lastname@example.org EDITOR Brad Pareso, ext. 31 email@example.com DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible, ext. 20 firstname.lastname@example.org CREATIVE SERVICES MANAGER Katie Dubois email@example.com EDUCATION DIRECTOR Joe Tuccitto firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino, ext. 25 email@example.com Best of Show GOLD&BE ST OFSHOWEXC ELL ENCE A Exclusive 2014 EXCELLENCE IN FLEXOGRAPHY AWARDS RECAP P RO CESS , C OA TE D P A PE R Seafood MedleyInAGinger Noodle BrothWrapper SunshineFPC, Inc. GOLD &BEST OFSHOWAWARD EXCELLENCE AWARDS :: WIDE WEB 62 FLEXO| MAY 2014 GOLD& BES TOFSHOWEXCE LLE NCE IND USTR Y IN DIC ATORS Phoenix Challenge Announces 2014 High School Competition Winners CHARLOTTE,NC—Aftertwo and ahalfdaysof spirited, multifunctionalcompetition atthe2014InternationalPhoenix ChallengeHighSchoolFlexoCompetition,theprizeswere awardedtothisyear’stopperformers.Firstandsecondplace was awardedtoGordonGraydonMemorialSecondary SchoolinMississauga,Ontario,Canada.Firstplace wentto MartinJeung andHumairaImtiyaz and secondplacetoLuvit ChumberandVishalMonteiro.Thirdplace wenttoNorthCar- olinabasedAshevilleHighSchoolstudentsNoahSeidenberg andAndrewFox. Thepair wonthefirstplace awardbyearningthehighest combinedscoresinthecompetition, whichincludedfive areasoftesting: •Operatingaflexopress •Prepress •Platemaking •Writtenknowledge •Flexomath skills Along withthefirstplace position,theteamwilleach receivea$1,000Phoenix ChallengeFoundation Scholarship andtheywill takehometheHarperFlexo HighSchoolofTheYear trophycup,fordisplay at theschool. Thecompetition wasstiff amongtopperformersfrom all overNorthAmerica.A totalof18teamsparticipat- edinthecompetition, which hasgrownyearoveryear sincethePhoenixChallengehigh schoolprogrambeganin 1998. “Therivalrygetsmorechallenging everyyear,”saidBet- tylynKrafft.“Thingsreallychangedup thisyear withteams fromtheCarolinasreallyheatingthingsup.”Thescholarships are awardedtothetopplacing students,fulfillingthemission ofthePhoenixChallengeFoundation. Majorsponsorsofthe2014PhoenixChallengeHighSchool competitionare: •3M •Anderson&Vreeland •AllPrintingResources •BryceCorporation •ACTEGAWIT •SunChemical •HarperCorporationofAmerica •JRCole •MarkAndy •OvernightLabel •UPMRaflatac •MaxDaetwyler •SouthernGraphics • FFTA/TESTn MartinJeungandHumaira Imtiyaz(GordonGraydonMemorial SecondarySchool)competingonaComcocadet. Photocourtesy ofZacheryB l ac kb urn NoahSeidenbergandAndrewFox (AshevilleHighSchool) competing onComcoCadet. Photocourtesy ofZacheryB l ackburn 2014PhoenixChallengeHighSchoolSkillsCompetitionParticipants. Photocourtesy ofZacheryB l ackburn FirstplacewinnersMartinJeungandHumairaImtiyaz(Gordon GraydonMemorialSecondarySchool)withBettylynKrafft(Phoenix Challengeexecutivedirector).Photocourtesy ofZacheryB l ackburn 18 FLEXO|MAY 2014 PRESSING ISSUES FTA TODAY 2014 President’s Award Recipients Consistently Challenge The Status Quo Theselectionofmembersto receivethe annualFTA President’sAwardisthe resultofacollaborativepro- cessthattakesintoconsideration a varietyoffactors— allfocusingonindividualswhohavedemonstratedastrong supportofthecorevaluesthatFTA/FFTAespouses.Thisorga- nizationhasconsistentlygrown andprosperedasthedirect resultofa volunteerbase representingcommittedindividuals who seethe valueofdedicatingtheirtime andtalentforthe collectivegoodoftheflexographicbusinesscommunity. Leadersdon’t waittobe askedandtheydon’ttaketheir commitmentslightly;theyformulateideasand seethemselves involvedinareasthatbestutilizetheirtalents.Overtheyears, theFTAPresident’s Awardhasbeenbestowedannuallyon individuals whounderstandthisphilosophyofleadership and whocommitthemselvestotakingonthe responsibilityof being anindustrydriver. RobbFrimming, printservicesdirector atSCHAWK!,hasbeen an exceptionallyactive memberoftheflexo- graphiccommunity andFTAprogramsina varietyofdiverseareas. Askanyoneandtheywill tellyouthatRobbis, “all aboutdata.”Utilizinghis expertiseinthisarena, hewasinstrumentalin working withtheTEST stafftoimplementa customdatacollection processfortheFIRST CompanyCertification Program. Furtherdemonstratinghiscommitmenttoquantifying all ofthevariablesthatcometogether withintheflexographic workflow,RobbservesontheFQCExecutiveCommitteeand hasbeen akeycontributoronitsStandardsWorkingGroup Subcommittee. Asa longtime member of the FIRSTCommit- tee,heplayedaveryactive roleindevelopingFIRST4.0 and nowservesascochairofthegroupasitworkstocomplete thenextupdateofthedocument,dueoutlaterthisyear. Insupportofthis vitalindustryinitiative,Robbhaspre- sentedonFTA’s behalf at a numberofitsForumsandFall Conferences,in additionto spreadingthe word via actively participatingon variousotherindustrytradegroups’meet- ingsprograms.Atthisyear’sForum,hehastakenonthe sharedchairmanshipoftheExpandedGamutSession,where hehasusedhisvast networkofconnectionsto assemble an outstandingpanelofindustryexpertsfromtheCPC,design andcolormanagementcommunities.Sufficeittosay,Robbis alwaysthereforFTAwhenweneedhim! PaulTeachout,technical/OEMaccountsmanager atHarp- erCorporationofAmerica,hasbeenanother“gotoguy,” generouslylending histime andtalenttoFTAoninitiatives thathave supporteditsgrowthinmembers,qualityrecogni- tionandeducationaldevelopment.AsanFTAcertifiedFIRST ImplementationSpecialist,Paul feltitwasimportanttoleadby exampleindemonstratingthe importanceoftheprogram withintheflexographictechnical community.Further supporting thegoalsofthis vitalcertifica- tioncurriculum,hehas actively communicatedthevalue and importanceoftraining and educationtoprintersincollabo- rationwithhiscompany’sOEM partners.During2013,Paulin- vitedmembersoftheTESTstaff toparticipatein a very active road showcircuit,whichhelped FTAtospreadtheword aboutFIRSTCertificationtohundreds ofpeopleoutsideofitstraditionalcontactnetwork. Broadeninghisinvolvementbeyondindustryeducation- alinitiatives,heisa strongproponentofdevelopingthe industry’s“nextgeneration”offlexographersatthehigh school andcollegelevels aswell.As ajudgeforthePhoenix ChallengeHighSchoolProgram,Paul wasabletoutilizehis professionalexperiencesthroughouthiscareerininteracting with the studentcontestants astheyexecutedalloftheformal elementswithinthecompetition,while alsolendinghis affable wordsofencouragementonthe virtuesofpursuing acareer inthismarketplaceduringthedowntime. Furtherofferinghisexperience andexpertise,serving as judgeintheFTAExcellenceinFlexographyAwardsCompe- titionisyetanotherexampleofPaul’s interestin recognizing andencouragingprintqualityandindustryadvancement. Beyondtheindustry’stechnicalgrowth,hehasalsobeenan activeparticipantinhelpingtoexpandFTA’sranksthrough hisserviceonitsMembershipCommittee.Paul’sdriveand leadershipmakeFTAamorerelevantorganization! Congratulationstothisyear’stwoPresident’s Awardhonor- ees.Here’shopingwe’rewritingaboutyounextyear! Fr imm ing Teachout 14 FLEXO|MAY 2014 P e rp e tu a l Stud e nt& Fl e x o gr a ph e rF o r e v e r Dr. J . Page Crouch Is Welcomed Into FTA Hall of Fame ByRobertMoran H orticulturalist,watersportsenthusiast,coach,mentor, researcher;hotrodder,labrat,taskmaster,author, photographer,philosopherandsomuchmore.This man,the52ndinducteeintoFlexographicTechnicalAsso- ciation’sHallofFame,risesearlyandallowshisdaytobe consumedbyhispassions.Flexographyandeveryotherform ofprintinghavebeenoneofthem—decadeafterdecade—to- talingsome50years. Familyandfriendswilltellyouthathehasneverreceived abirthdaycardorwrappedpresentthatdidnothaveamag- nifyingglassputtoitbeforebeingopened;promptinghimto explaintoallpresentwhatwasdone,aswellastheprocess orprocessesresponsibleandproceduresfollowed. Heconsidershimselfastudentofprinting,whoowesa greatdealtohisownteachers—startingwithhisparents,his fatherbeinganeducatorandauthor—andthenbeingin- spiredbyhisfirstflexoteacher,GeorgeOswald,andthelikes ofMarkAndrewsSr.andJimSmith. Knowntomanybythewordsheprofessed,his“laws”to liveandworkby,makehimeasilyrecognizable.Theyinclude: PAGE’S PROFILE • Studentofprinting • Friendofindustry • Proponentofinternships • InitiatorofEducators’ChallengeScholarships • AuthorofFlexoPrimer • Advocateofbasicsofprintingandhandson instruction • Analyticthinkerandproblemsolver • Teacher,trainer,researcher,facilitatorand connectionmaker 24 FLEXO| MAY 2014 FTA TO DAY