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FLEXO Magazine : August 2008
FTA TODAY Milwaukee Previews FIRST 4.0 Flexographic printers/converters in the Milwaukee, WI region got a sneak peak at some of the new additions and modifi ca - tions to Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) premier technical manual, FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifi cations and Tolerances). FTA Hall of Famer Jean Jackson and FTA Technical Director Bill Pope opened the July 9 stop on the Harper GraphicSolutions Tour at the Clarion Hotel Airport with a joint presentation. “In fl exo, we print more than just graphics,” declared Jackson, who relayed that FIRST 4.0 has been updated with the knowl- edge that there is increasing use of fl exo printing process for printed electronics and other applications. “The Design section went through a major rewrite,” she added, “and the Prepress section has been greatly expanded.” What’s more, Jackson noted that, starting with version 4.0, FIRST will no longer just be a North American document, and that FTA has been cooperating with many of its international sister associations. “If you put these practices in place, it should be easier to get up to color and print consistently,” said Pope, as he launched into a discussion of some of the updates. For example, he men- tioned, the traditional FIRST control target has been revised and will come in different sizes and shapes; and different types of targets and registration marks will be included. In addition, he stated, the process methodology has been aligned to CGATS TR012-2003 specs, and process control techniques based on gray balance and G7 near-neutral calibration have been added. “We are going back to a focus on customer satisfaction,” said Jackson. She then spoke to the audience about TEST (Technical Education Services Team), FTA’s newest and boldest educational initiative, which seeks to align institutional degree programs, seminars and resources to outcomes prescribed in FIRST. According to Pete Hartmann, VP of sales for Harper Corporation of America, the event attracted some 70 people, and was very well received by those who attended. Feedback from printers/converters at the event showed a positive response to Jackson and Pope’s presentation. “The majority of the ratings on the presenter’s were good to excellent with the rating scale be- ing poor, fair, good and excellent,” said Hartmann. SPI Update: Wide Web Leadership Council FTA’s Wide Web Leadership Council (WWLC) recently created a new mission statement and established four new objectives during a conference call on July 9. The new mission statement expresses the council’s commitment to the wide web industry and refl ects the values that drive the FTA Strategic Planning Initiative. The new mission statement is: “To promote the value of FTA membership and participation by driving the development of new technology and training tools, and communicating these advancements to wide-web flexography printers.” The council has spent the past several months reviewing and investigating the various ideas suggested by wide-web flexo printers on the survey conducted during this year’s forum. Council members chose four of the most requested subjects to concentrate their efforts. These new objectives are: 1 To engage in a cooperative project with press manufac- . tures, ink companies and third party suppliers to address issues of viscosity control and misting on high-speed presses. 2 To create training materials and programs to educate de- . signers and design students on the benefits and require- ments for fl exo printing. 3 To develop a partnership with consumer product compa- . nies to defi ne current proofi ng and fl exo printing capabili- ties and to develop an understanding of their future needs in respect to print quality, substrates, and standardization. 4 To push for advancements and investigate ways to reduce the costs associated with in-the-round (ITR) technology. . If you have experience in any of these areas or are interested in participating or providing resources for these projects, please contact Council Leader John Paine (firstname.lastname@example.org) or FTA Staff Liaison Christian Bonawandt (cbonawandt@fl ex - ography.org). To fi nd out more, visit http://www.fl exography.org/ council today. FTA Awards Submission Deadlines Offi cial deadlines have been announced for all FTA annual awards competitions: Environmental Excellence Awards: Dec. 31, 2008 Excellence in Flexography Awards: Jan. 16, 2009 Graphic Design Awards: Jan. 16, 2009 Flexographic Technical Innovation Awards: Jan. 23, 2009 Flexo-Certifi ed! More than a dozen fl exographic printing professionals passed the Level I - Basic Flexo skills certification exam: Melissa Barnes, Standard Register Peter Berishaj, Tempil, An ITW Company Isaac Cruz, Graphic Packaging Eric Domsch, Universal Engraving Linda Franklin, Eastman Kodak Cindy Freeman, Standard Register Austin Hutchison, Universal Engraving Nate Lyons, C-P Flexible Packaging Lanny Neumann, Graphic Packaging Thomas M. Reeves, Appalachian State University Lawrence Rowley, Eastman Kodak Kurt Sanger, Eastman Kodak Sherri Schall, Sealed Air Cryovac 1 0 F LEXO AUGUS T 20 0 8 www. f l e x o g r a p h y. o r g ASSOCIATION NEWS
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