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FLEXO Magazine : May 2014
Cordes Porcher of Corrugated Synergies International, Mark Coffman of Dixie Graphics, Geoff Roznak of Great Northern Corp., Rick Pomerenka of Printron, Bob Dauses of OEC Graphics and Mark Sukovich of MillerCoors were the flexo industry experts tasked with judging the combined corrugated category. That included corrugated entries, which earned a trio of each medal type, as well as the preprinted linerboard segment, where 3 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 4 bronze medals were awarded. Envelopes entrants were critiqued by Bill Rund of Mac Papers Envelope Converters, Brett Buratti of Little Rapids, Maggie Reed of Agfa Pitman, John Patrick of Tension Corp. , Andy Schipke of W+D North America, Inc. and Joe Krstulic of INX International. They awarded 5 gold medals, 5 silver med- als and 4 bronze medals. The envelope judges also evaluated the self promotion entries, bestowing two awards, along with student pieces. In the college student segment, 1 gold medal, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal were awarded. In the high school student segment, 1 gold medal, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals were awarded. JUDGES’ TAKE It was Greek philosopher Heraclitus who said “The only constant is change,” but an equally accurate assessment of the annual Excellence in Flexography Awards would add “improvement” to that phrase. “ T here were very clean entries, with complicated constructions,” said Best Label’s Kim Tuc- citto. And as quality is consistently upped, the level of fit and finish needed to truly impress judges grows as well. Case in point: While last year’s medal count was a near perfect split between gold, silver and bronze, 2014 saw the same number of silver medals, but fewer gold and more bronze. Special effects seen included: • Thermochromic ink • High dome varnish • Security type printing • Inline foils • Silk screens • Tactile effect varnish One observation echoed among several judges was an increase in print quality attributed to technological and efficiency improvements. “ Seeing higher lpis used with the correct aniloxes shows that optimization must have oc- curred,” remarked Dan Crammer, also of Best Label. “Print quality has improved due to new screening technologies and optimizations in the print process,” added Smyth Companies’ Kim Madigan. Winners in the 2014 Excellence in Flexography Awards will be honored at Forum’s annual Awards Banquet from 7:30 p.m . to 9:30 p.m . on Sunday, April 27. And winners will be on display for INFO*FLEX attendees in the Excellence Awards Gallery on the show floor. n WIDE WEB A From left: Bill Malm, John Anderson, Bart Wright, Curt Smith, Bettylyn Krafft, Peter Menzian, Larry Kubicki WIDE WEB B From left: Mark Mazur, Arleen Neustein, Scott Seymour, Scott McLeod, Mark Miller, Pam Dorrough, Sean Teufler, Rory Marsoun “Fades to zero have improved. I attribute this to better screening technology.” Cayleigh Nichols, Esko 60 FLEXO | MAY 2014 “Adopting processes that keep consistency is improving overall print quality. Flexo is continuing to adopt and adapt to compete with other print disciplines. This is the mindset every printer who wants to maintain and increase margins must take.” Sean Teufler, Harper Corporation of America