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FLEXO Magazine : August 2008
AUGUST 2008 VOLUME 33, NO.8 In This Issue Fall is approaching, and thus it's Label Season here at FLEXO Magazine. This month's issue previews Labelexpo Americas 2008 (Sept. 9-11 in Chicago, IU, complete with an extensive Q&A with Tarsus label guru Mike Fairley (page 30). Paragon Label talks about its habit of winning FTA Excellence Awards (page 74), and Awards Committee Chairman Greg Platt offers tips for how you can too (page 20). But perhaps the most revealing story is that of General Mills, which has been a stalwart proponent of FIRST for almost 10 years, and how its needs are laying a path ripe for FTA's TEST initiatives. \ ' THE FLEXOG - .. I TECH - , , LABELS: LIVING LARGE LabelExpo Preview Paragon of Excellence General Mills & FIRST VIEW THIS ISSUE ONLINE NOW AT WWW.FLEXOMAG.COM FLEXÐ THE FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGY SOURCE FTA HEADQUARTERS & FlEXO EDITORIAL. ADVERTISING. SUBSCRIBER SERVICES 900 Marconi Avenue Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212 Phone: 631-737-6020 Fax: 631-737-6813 PUBLISHER Robert Moran. ext. 17 firstname.lastname@example.org EDITOR Christian R. Bonawandt. ext. 31 email@example.com DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jay Kaible. ext. 20 firstname.lastname@example.org TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Bill Pope Phone: 585-267-5434 email@example.com EDUCATION DIRECTOR Joe Tuccitto Phone: 651-319-5003 firstname.lastname@example.org DIGITAL DESIGN & PRODUCTION Red Flag Media www.redflagmedia.com .: T ST - . :'::.: ðJHAAPER" '" ./ FTA TODAY 8 Pub Ink 10 Association News 90 Engaging Ideas 12 Packaging Premedia FTA Fall Conference Chairs Kevin Lanigan, Phototype; and Bill Poulson, Harper Corporation of America; re- cently sat down with FLEXO to discuss the event and what it will bring to the industry. 20 The Path to Excellence Greg Platt FTA's Awards Committee chairman gives the secrets to scoring high and getting recognized in the Excellence in Flexography Awards competition. 82 Meeting the Demand Christian R. Bonawandt Dunwoody College of Technology has been churning out skilled flexo print professionals since 1999, and fulfill- ing a local and industry-wide need for talent. - . --.... '" & t M .jl " , -- O'""tt ç' ""'" \1 1\.' .., .' )/ ! - ... fJtit -:. z 1> '- . J " INDUSTRY INDICATORS 24 Pressing Issues 30 Global Growth The flexo label industry, though facing daunting challenges, is poised for steady growth, according to Mike Fairley. 36 Narrow In On Labelexpo A small preview of what's in store at Labelexpo Americas (Sept. 9-n) and of interest to narrow-web flexographic printers. 38 RFID and the Printing Industry Dr. Peter Harrop RFID technology still holds great po- tential and interest to the printing in- dustry, but not in the way we thought it would several years ago. TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES 44 Break the Mold In-mold labeling is gaining new interest among consumer prod- ucts companies and opening up doors for mid-web label printing. 48 Color Gamut Quantified Bill Pope FTA's technical director reports on a new method of calculating one's color gamut developed at Rochester Institute of Technology. 54 Soap & Water German label printers are test- ing a new water-wash photopolymer plate that made its debut at drupa 2008. BEGINNER FlEXOGRAPHER 56 Open and Closed Case Brett Kilhenny An overview of two types of mounting tapes and the applications best suited for each. 60 Complement and Competition Digital printing's status as a threat to flexography has long been debated, but one thing is for sure-as each technol- ogy advances, the other continues to respond in kind. 62 The Missing "Link" Eric Magnusson ICC Device Link technology offers a way of making color profiles that is a more direct CMYK color transform. PLANTS & PROCESSES 68 Consistency Comes FIRST Christian R. Bonawandt General Mills' Brand Design Prepress Organization has been requiring and promoting adherence to FIRST guide- lines since 1999. 7 A Paragon of Success ... Dedication to excellence has won Paragon Label a number of FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards, all in a very short time. P'S & Q's 80 Narrow Web Leadership Council Christian R. Bonawandt Bob Holmes of Pollard Banknote talks about the Council's goals and objectives. FLEXOØ Magazine (ISSN-1051-7324)is published monthly by the Foundation ofFlexographic TechnicalAssociation. Address all correspondence to FLEXOØ Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212. Telephone: 631-737-6020. Fax: 631-737-6813. Copyright @2008.Allrightsreserved. Subscriptions: 1 year: $55 US./$76 foreign; 2 years: $92 US./$125 foreign; 3 years: $125 US./$170 foreign. Single copies: $7 US./$l0 foreign. Periodicals postage rates paid at Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FLEXOØ Magazine, 900 Marconi Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7212, USA. Printed in USA. Publications Mail Sales Agreement No. 1558153. FLEXOØ Magazine is the official journal of the Foundation ofFlexographic Technical Association, devoted to education, technical and research support to advance flexographic technology. Acceptance of advertising in FLEXOØ 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.
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