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Flexo Magazine : May 2013
Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association Technical Education Services Team 3920 Veterans Memorial Hwy Ste 9 Bohemia NY 11716-1074 Phone: (631) 737-6020 Fax: (631) 737-6813 www.flexography.org FLEXOGRAPHYPrinciplesandPractices6.0 “Finally! A book that demystifies flexographic printing. Bound to be a best seller.” - Dr. Blade “An entertaining ride that touches on everything flexo, from Anilox to Zahn Cup” - Cal Ibration “A masterful compilation of the building blocks of flexography” - Anna Lox “Another fast-paced page turner by FTA that will keep you glued to the couch.” - C.M. Whykay Get a fresh perspective and a new understanding into the principles and practices that have made the flexographic process so successful. Newbies will benefit from content on: presses, ink, ink metering systems, and plate mounting. The more practiced flexographer will find modernized information on topics including: design, platemaking, process color and web inspection systems. And everyone will find use for the updated Flexographic Troubleshooting Guide for those pesky problems sure to arise. A perfect addition to your bookshelf...just be sure to place it within easy reach, you’re bound to be referencing it time and time again. paperback: FTA Member: $130.00 | List: $260.00 Kindle: List: $99.00 www.flexography.org/fpp 100% Updated. 30% expanded. 100% relevant. FTA TODAY 2013 President’s Award Recognizes Personal Leadership & Commitment to Quality Flexographic Technical Association, over its 55 year lifespan, has consistently grown and prospered as the direct result of a volunteer base representing com- mitted individuals who see the value in dedicating their time and talent for the collective good of the flexographic busi- ness community. As is natural in this sort of environment, the names of the true industry leaders seem to show up more frequently in association with new projects and initiatives as they are formed and organized. Leaders don’t wait to be asked; they don’t take their com- mitments lightly; they formulate ideas and see themselves involved in areas that will best utilize their talents. Over the years, the FTA President’s Award has been bestowed annu- ally on individuals who understand this philosophy of leader- ship and who commit themselves to taking on the responsibil- ity of being an industry driver. John Crammer, Best Label, has been selected as the sole recipient of the 2013 FTA President’s Award, as a direct result of his ongoing strong commitment to the goals and objectives of the Association and Foundation. A vocal proponent of edu- cation and the importance of elevating skill sets at all levels within the flexographic business community, John set an ex- ample for others to follow. He first investigated, then invested in the FFTA FIRST Certification Program, earning recognition as a FIRST-certified Implementation Specialist. From there, he and a group of his managers set about embarking on the next level FIRST Company Certification as the very first business to achieve this designation. As a means of demon- strating everything that the company had learned and accomplished through its certification initiative, John stepped up and volunteered to take on the responsibility of producing what has become a tradition within the FFTA... the FLEXO Magazine Cover Project. The key elements demon- strated through the production of the December 2012 issue’s cover all tie back to the “printing by the numbers” philosophy espoused by FIRST. Not only did he offer his company ’s resources—in addition to a number of other project team members doing so—John also determined that an excellent means of documenting and promoting the entire experi- ence would be to produce a video detailing the process and post it on FLEXO Magazine’s web page http://flexography. org/06FLEXO/flexoland.php so that everyone in the industry could view the team in action. John has found it important to actively participate in shar- ing what he and his company have learned. Presenting on FFTA and affiliated organization meetings agendas, he has addressed topics that pertain to the value of FIRST to his company ’s bottom line, the importance of process control and the utilization of technology to successfully achieve business objectives. As a speaker on the 2011 Printing Industries of America Color Management Conference program and in the FIRST Session—in addition to co-chairing the Emerging Trends Session—at the 2013 Forum, John has never been shy about stepping up and helping others learn from his experiences. In representing the narrow web printing community within the FTA/FFTA organizational structure, John recently assumed the definitive role of organizational leader as he joined the FTA Board of Directors and FFTA Board of Trustees in March of last year. He took on this responsibility while also serv- ing as the 1st Vice Chairman—which is soon to transition to Chairman—on the Board of Directors of the Visual Media Alliance (VMA) in Northern California. In this role, John is very actively assisting both organizations in developing opportuni- ties where VMA and FTA/FFTA can collaborate in areas that will provide mutual benefits to their respective memberships’ products and services offering. John is a practical “can do” leader who’s not afraid to plow new ground and commit his personal and company resources for the common good of the flexographic business community. For this admirable quality, he is well deserving of the 2013 FTA President’s Award... Congratulations John. Thank you for all that you do! Crammer introduces FIRST principles and their application to a demonstration pressrun in a video clip posted to the FTA and Best Label home pages. Work in process on that job is also pictured on this page. 22 FLEXO mAY 2013 www.flexography.org