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FLEXO Magazine : May 2014
Flexing Their Muscles 6 Bests of Show, 102 Awards in 2014 Excellence Competition By Brad Pareso The best of the best. Meeting in a mutually agreed upon location. Fighting to emerge victorious in their respec- tive categories. Being judged by a panel over several days. Doing battle in hopes of winning a gold, silver or bronze medal. But the setting for this showdown was not Sochi, Russia. For four days in late January inside the halls of Baltimore, MD’s Grand Historic Venue, hundreds of competitors sought to one up each other. Thirty-three judges examined the entrants in great detail, debating the merits of each in groups. When the dust had settled, there were 102 honors to be bestowed, broken out into 38 bronze medals, 34 silver medals and 28 gold medals; among those gold medals, 6 were chosen as exemplary, earning “Best of Show ” designation. All involved vowed not to speak of the results. Until now. Presented within these pages are the medal winners of the 2014 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards. As displayed on FLEXO®’s cover this month, the printers taking home “Best of Show ” honors for their work are: • Sunshine FPC, Inc., for its Seafood Medley In A Ginger Noodle Broth Wrapper • Marvaco Oy Ltd, for its Falcon BBQ Wrapper • Cellotape-Landmark Label, for its Ron Teeguarden’s Dragon Herbs Tonic Alchemy Label • Lewisburg Container Co. , for its Boulevard Brewing Co. Pale Ale Box • RockTenn Co., for its Hartz Multi Cat Litter Box • Mac Papers Envelope Converters, Inc., for its Dish Cine- ma Multi Sport Pack Envelope PROCESS, CONTROL There’s a reason it takes several days for the awards judges to make their decisions. After entries are sorted, catalogued and prepared for inspection, and the 33 judges are assembled into their respective groups by entry category, AWARDS INSIGHTS • Variety of special effects • Continuous quality gains • Technology and efficiency driving improvements • Process control evident BRONZE SILVER GOLD “Almost all jobs judged had control targets,” which “afford the opportunity to measure, and thus, control execution back to the target from run to run. This provides the opportunity to meet customer expectations on every run.” Scott McLeod, robbie fantastic flexibles 54 FLEXO | MAY 2014 FTA TODAY