The award-winning technologies were announced during the FTA Awards presentation on April 22, which kicked off the first of three days of Virtual Forum 2020.
“This year, as it has for a quarter of a century, the FTA Technical Innovation Award recognized three innovative and impactful technologies helping to shape flexography’s future,” explains FTA director of education Joe Tuccitto.
Hybrid Software, one of two winners in the Prepress - Graphics category, has been honored for its Cloudflow Patchplanner. The web-based production tool minimizes material use and saves operators’ time by consolidating and optimizing design file layout.
Miraclon Corp, one of two winners in the Prepress - Graphics category, has also been recognized for its Kodak Flexcel NX Ultra Solution featuring Ultra Clean Technology. The platemaking system is both solvent- and VOC-free, and can deliver a press-ready plate in less than one hour and 32 plates across an eight-hour shift.
PCMC is a winner of the Prepress - Pressroom category, for its Meridian Elite. The cleaning system uses laser ablation to remove inks, coatings, varnishes and residue from anilox and application rolls, requiring no cleaning liquids or chemicals