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FLEXO Magazine : May 2014
Remembering Lloyd Root On Oct. 9, 2013, Lloyd Root, beloved member of the flexographic industry, passed away. FLEXO® has collected some thoughts from Bruce M. Riddell, vice president of engineering and quality assurance at Spectrum Label Corp. and Tony Bart, retired and formerly with DuPont Pack- aging Graphics. Riddell: I met Lloyd working for a competitive company in flexible pack- aging. I came to know him as leader of the most significant group of flexog- raphers in the 1975-2000 era, at Crown Zellerbach. That company ’s technology and technical advancements contrib- uted to the advancement of the flexog- raphic industry. His team was Francis Murray, Russ Krunegle, Dick Ferino and John Hubbird and others. They created a culture of excellence far beyond what had ever been seen in the wide web world of flexible packaging. Their commitment to excellence was illustrated in each year’s award entry, where they com- manded the Best of Show title year after year until the Crown Group closed. After the Crown Group closed, the guys got together and assisted other converters all over the world. They all played as hard as they worked and enjoyed fishing trips together. It was my privilege to know Lloyd. I will always re- member his contributions as a pioneer for the flexographic arena. Bart: Lloyd was a flexographer’s flexographer; a flexo printer’s printer. He was a pioneer in the development of flexography when the technology was young, raw and basically a craft. Within his circles, and later to many of us in the industry, Lloyd was known as Mr. Process Control. When asked in the later part of his career what the three most important principles of flexog- raphic printing are, he’d answer: “Process control, process control, process control.” During the early days of flexo before many other highly educated, technical individuals with advanced materials and processes became part of the flexo technology, Lloyd would preach that the least he would expect from any flexographer was to “do it the same way every time, to eliminate that process variable.” Technically, and as a person, friend and colleague, he was a guy one could describe as a man’s man. His personal and philosophical depth, sincerity, hon- esty and humor were unquestionable. His ability to listen and apply opinions and input from others was more than admirable. Having Lloyd as a mentor and then friend was an honor. Lloyd will be missed by many of us. I ’m sure he’ll say hello to some of the great flexographers who preceded him and I personally hope to see him later. n M AY 2014 | FLEXO 131 The New & Improved Original Cushion adhesive backing by E.L. Harley Inc. Accuracy, Removability, Affordable For more information contact us. 3715 Fiscal Court●Riviera Beach, FL 33404 www.elharleyinc.com firstname.lastname@example.org 561-841-9887 561-841-9882 Fax