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FLEXO Magazine : June 2014
• “There are major drawbacks to using LED lights for UV ink curing” – Greg Palm of Mark Andy, Inc. • “If I have a lamination, I don’t have to worry about migration” – Greg Pace, Sun Chemical Corp. • “It’s nearly impossible to steal work back to flexo from gravure” – Mr. Gravurekiller Attendees enjoyed the variety of presentations and “shorter, very focused topics.” “Great presentations, good data, very relevant!” ex- claimed Steve Smiley of SmileyColor & Associates. Meghan Hestand from University of Central Missouri said that “the video submissions were a great mix up in the typical lecture scenario.” Following mythbusters was “Refining The Flexo Process: FQC in Action.” Chaired by Jean Jackson of Praxair Surface Technologies, it focused on recent FQC projects and featured presentations handled by Smiley, Dan Reilly of Plastic Packaging Inc. and California Poly- technic State University students Natalee Consulo and Lena Haidar. Reviewers appreciated the updates and results. “ The students from Cal Poly State were very impressive,” noted Prime UV Systems’ Elinor Midlik. The fourth and final day of Forum 2014 led with three concurrent sessions on specific sectors of the packaging industry. The breakup of- fered a chance for specialization on behalf of presenters and the ability for attendees to hone in on a particular segment. The corrugated session was chaired by David Nunez, formerly of International Paper and Robert Hannum of DuPont Packaging Graphics. Daniel Martinez of Mark Andy Inc. and James Ford of Color Resolutions International both gave presentations, which were followed by a roundtable discussion featuring Rick Pomerenka of Printron, Geoff Roznak of Great Northern Corp. and Jeff Dumbach of Corrugated Synergies International LLC. Printron’s Jack Fulton commented on the quality of material, ideas and suggestions, as well as the “great points” made by presenters. FTA/FFTA ELECTED OFFICERS Flexographic Technical Association and its Foundation elected the following roster of officers, their terms coinciding with the completion of Forum 2014: • Lon Robinson III, Tension Corp., Chairman, FTA Board of Directors • Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp., Chairman, FFTA Board of Trustees • Peter Hartman, Polymount U.S ., LLC, FTA Chair Elect • Howard B. Vreeland Jr., Anderson & Vreeland, FFTA Chair Elect • Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group, FTA/FFTA Treasurer • Jason Barrier, Printpack, FFTA Vice Chair, Project Evalu- ations • Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Ltd., FFTA, Vice Chair, Scholarships • John Crammer, Best Label, FTA Vice Chair, Education, CPCs • Jack Fulton, Printron, FTA Vice Chair, Suppliers • Kelly Roberts, Canflexographics, FFTA Vice Chair, Solici- tations • Hank Welter, Coveris, FTA Vice Chair, Printers/Converters • Mark Cisternino, FTA/FFTA President • Ian Hole, Esko • Alexander James, Harper Corporation of America • James Stone, G3 Enterprises • Mary Sullivan, Mark Andy Inc. ROSSINI RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS A trio of college students was honored at Forum’s Annual Banquet & Awards Program for their insight, research and dedication to exploring the world of flexography with monetary awards, courtesy of the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association Rossini Scholarship Competition. The first place award, a $13,000 scholarship, went to Nathan Pretorius of Clemson University. Nathan’s research project involves investigating the utilization of flexo printing and con- ductive inks to create a mutual capacitive touch interface. Second place, a $9,500 scholarship, was awarded to Amanda Cockroft and Katherine Dayton of Western Michigan Univer- sity, for their project exploring ways to recycle flexographic printing plates and their scrap materials to utilize the recycling for other purposes in the print industry. The scholarships come courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Felice Rossini and Rossini North America. Rossini is a worldwide supplier of air mount printing sleeves to the flexographic, gravure, coating and thermal photopolymer lamination industries. From com- pressible platemount sleeves to patented Carrier (bridge) sleeves to in the round thermo polymer sleeves to anilox base sleeves, Rossini offers an array of products that will improve process quality, speeds and ROI. 28 FLEXO | JUNE 2014