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FLEXO Magazine : August 2008
FTA TODAY AVOID THE OBVIOUS Even when the entry requirements are followed to the “T,” many submissions lose points for things that could have been noticed in the sample collection process. Before paying the entry fee and sending out a job, it is important that you act as your own judge. Ask yourself if this is among the best quality print your company has produced this year. Some things that will likely ruin your chances of scoring well in the execution portion of the competition include: ? Samples that are clearly out of register—your samples needs to be very close to perfect. ? ??Samples that are clearly over-impressed—they need to be kiss impressions. ??Samples that exhibit press bounce. ??Samples that clearly show dirty print and ink laydown imperfections. ??Repeats that are not consistent. Other times, even the best executed submissions simply don’t push the limits of diffi culty enough to compare with other jobs. Low line-screen rulings on smooth, high-quality substrates; tonal range from 50 to 100 percent, instead of 0 to 100 percent; and keylines around knocked-out type are some good examples of things judges will not rank highly. Instead, consider submitting jobs with very tight and complex print-to-cut and print registra- tion requirements, e.g., no keylines around process knock outs, very difficult substrate to print (towels/napkins), high line-screen rulings (above industry standards), etc. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Greg Platt is president of GMF Flexo Prepress Inc., located in Toronto, ON, Canada. GMF specializes in color separations and plates for the fl exo market. Platt has been in- volved in the FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards competition for the last several years, serving as both a judge and as a member of the Awards Committee, of which he is currently chairman. At present, he sits on both FTA’s Board of Directoras and its Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The call for entries for the 2009 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards competition has been issued. Members and non-member printers/converters are encouraged to evaluate recent and upcoming jobs and begin culling possible submissions. Tentative deadline is mid-January. For more information, contact Shelley Rubin, education coordinator, at 631-737-6020 or firstname.lastname@example.org. FINAL ADVICE Carefully follow the entry guidelines word for word. Review your entry against the judging criteria ahead of time to see if any- thing is apparent (both good and bad) before you submit. Submit your entry in a neat and tidy fashion (typed, not handwritten, if possible) with an accompanying letter that describes why the en- try was diffi cult.?
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