The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), a professional society dedicated to advancing the flexographic printing process, has issued a call-for-entries for its Technical Innovation Award. According to the company, the award recognizes those innovations of the highest technical accomplishment that re judged to be capable of significantly contributing to the overall elevation of the flexographic converting industry.
The competition is open to all members of the flexographic industry, regardless of FTA membership status. Joint entries are welcome if two or more organizations are involved in developing an innovative technology. All entries must be specific to the flexographic industry as required by award rules.
Entries will be judged by FTA member professionals and will be placed into one of three categories:
1. Prepress - Graphics (prepress workflow solutions to include file preparation and/or desktop applications and all plate imaging and plating technologies)
2. Prepress - Pressroom (any device and/or products that would be used in the pressroom prior to print production)
3. Heavy Converting Equipment (any type of press and/or press components)
The entry deadline is January 27, 2012. Entry fees are $500 for FTA members and $1,000 for non-members. The winners will be notified in February and a formal award presentation will take place at FTA's 2012 Annual Forum, March 18-21 in San Antonio, TX, USA. The award-winning technology will also be featured in exclusive articles in FLEXO Magazine, as well as in press releases and on the FTA website (www.flexography.org).
For more information, contact Shelley Rubin, FTA's manager of educational services, at 631-737-6020 ext. 36 or visit the Technical Innovation Awards webpage on the FTA website for complete details and application.