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FLEXO Magazine : June 2014
FQC Update A Wrap Up From Forum’s Meeting And Session Jean Engelke F orum 2014 has come and gone, and between Sunday morning’s Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) meeting and Tues- day’s FQC session, there were a number of developments to cover. FORUM’S FQC MEETING Forum 2014 was the setting for the FQC Pre Conference Working Meeting And Project Updates. Sunday morning’s FQC session was filled with information, questions and lively discussion. Session Chair Sam Ingram of Clemson University introduced the morning’s first speaker, Steve Smiley of SmileyColor & Associates. Smiley provided an overview detailing the need and project summary for the Spot Color Halftone Metric Optimization (SCHMO). The goal of the effort was explained as developing a metric to be published by ISO for improved calculation of spot tints. Next up, Mark Samworth of Esko was introduced for his presentation, “The Case for Objective Research.” Samworth provided a notable defense of best practices for designing and completing research. The rationale behind each point was explained and discussed. The third speaker, Clemson University student Matt Furr, then presented his master’s research. Furr guided the attendees through the details of his work, titled “The Effect of Press Variation on Color Stability With 4-Color And 7-Color Process Color Tint Builds.” That was followed by FQC project leaders providing updates on char- tered projects. The following topics and presenters offered opportuni- ty for engaging in their respective projects. The Expanded Gamut II Project is re grouping in order to make sure it has the data necessary to support its conclusions. This is a very large and encompassing project. Sean Teufler and Mike Orcutt are seeking volunteers to help generate, compile and analyze the data in order to bring this project to completion. If you are interested in helping with this project please step forward and the team will let you know what needs to be done. The High Resolution Project, led by Ann Michaud from 3M Corpora- tion and Alexander James from Harper Corporation of America, con- tinues to evolve. The project is organized into two phases. The first is print output metrics. This includes defining and implementing a new target image, defining new tests, methods and criteria of excellence and developing a new data collection sheet for characterizations and tests. The team put together a survey and circulated it to the industry to get needed input. Now it’s time to refine the information and deter- mine next steps in defining high resolution. 32 FLEXO | JUNE 2014 FTA TODAY