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FLEXO Magazine : May 2014
“Greater image detail and depth. Better ink coverage. Technical advancements in ink, anilox and plates. Line clarity continues to improve. More printers have embraced technological advancements resulting in better overall print results. Quality continues to improve and it’s here to stay. Increased color gamut and tonal range.” Bill Malm, Flexo Wash each judging group is split in half. One half is tasked with evaluating each job’s degree of difficulty. This includes factors like: • Defect detectability • Tonal range (on screen and process jobs only) • Fineness of print and/or screen • Plate/printing complexity (combo plate) • Registration tolerances • Substrate printability/ink compatibility • Added difficulty Once this side of a judging group has weighed in, an entry is then passed along to the other side, which turns its loupes and screen analyzers to gauge level of execution. Criteria in play here include: • Consistency • Dot/screen/vignette (on screen and process jobs only) • Registration • Ink coverage • Image sharpness • Added difficulty (with a proof to match to) Once every entry made the rounds, score sheets were handed in, point totals were tabulated and a hierarchy was established. From there, judges from the degree of difficulty and level of execution sides came back together to debate medal awarding and any best of show candidates. The entire process was overseen by an awards committee staffed by Steve Mullins of Coveris, Shelley Rubin of FTA, Mark Coffman of Dixie Graphics, Mark Mazur of DuPont Packaging Graphics, Bob Loescher of ACTEGA WIT, Arleen Neustein (retired), Tom Cassano of Arc International, Larry Kubicki of Anderson & Vreeland, Lon Robinson III of Tension Corp., Paul Teachout of Harper Corporation of America, How- ard Vreeland Jr. of Anderson & Vreeland and Paul Lancelle of All Printing Resources. CATEGORY CRITIQUE Nearly one quarter of the 100 awarded medals—23, or 23 percent—went to entries in the wide web category. Among them, 6 were gold, 7 were silver and 10 were bronze. Judges in the category were Bill Malm of Flexo Wash, Bettylyn Krafft of the Phoenix Challenge, John Anderson of Kodak, Bart Wright of InterFlex Group, Curt Smith of Luminite, Peter Menzian of DuPont Packaging Graphics, Mark Miller of Anagram Interna- tional, Scott Seymour of Cryovac, Scott McLeod of robbie fan- tastic flexibles, Pam Dorrough of 3M, Sean Teufler of Harper Corporation of America and Rory Marsoun of Esko. The mid web judges—Bob Loescher of ACTEGA WIT, Caryn Kuehl of Coating Excellence International, John Campbell of ACTEGA WIT and Courtney Norris of DuPont Packaging Graphics—awarded 2 medals of the gold, silver and bronze variety to the pieces they observed. This group also judged the napkin category and gave out 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. Once again, the narrow web category commanded the largest number of medals. With 7 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 10 bronze medals, a total of 27 awards went to entrants in this group. Judging the category ’s jobs were Misty Sharp of ALC Group, Dan Crammer of Best Label, Kim Madigan of Smyth Companies, Kim Tuccitto of Best Label, Cayleigh Nichols of Esko and James Ford of Color Resolutions International. “Process control is very evident. I love that FIRST is being applied, as is evident in the entries.” Kim Tuccitto, Best Label MAY 2014 | FLEXO 55 2014 EXCELLENCE IN FLEXOGRAPHY ALL MEDALS GIVEN Gold 28% Silver 34% Bronze 38%