Cal Poly State University won Overall First Place in the Phoenix Challenge College Competition. University Of Central Missouri swept the remaining four categories: Concept, Research, Graphic and Execution.
For dedication to the FIRST Certification program, displayed in its more than 350 Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 certifications and devotion to efficiency and standards, Mary-Jean Irving and her team at Master Packaging, Inc. were honored with the TEST Educational Leadership Award.
Winners of the 2014 FTA Technical Innovation Award were All Printing Resources and SpotOn! Press, collaborating on their SpotOn! Flexo color matching software, in the Prepress Pressroom category; and Esko, for its Equinox software that converts images to 5-, 6- and 7-color jobs.
Dr. J. Page Crouch, described by FLEXO Publisher Robert Moran in his article on Crouch as a “horticulturalist, water sports enthusiast, coach, mentor, researcher; hot rodder, lab rat, taskmaster, author, photographer and philosopher,” not to mention a lifelong educator in the ways of flexography, was inducted into FTA’s Hall of Fame as its 52nd member.
The first place award in the FFTA Rossini North American Flexographic Scholarship Competition, for $13,000, went to Nathan Pretorius of Clemson University, for his project investigating the utilization of flexo printing and conductive inks to create a mutual capacitive touch interface. Second place, taking a $9,500 scholarship, went to Amanda Cockroft and Katherine Dayton of Western Michigan University, 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.
Read about these honorees and more, and see all medal winners in the 2014 Excellence in Flexography Awards competition in the May issue of FLEXO Magazine.
INFO*FLEX opens today, complete with 262 booths, hundreds of exhibitors and limitless business potential. On Sunday, 115 booths were reserved so far for INFO*FLEX 2015, scheduled for May 4-5 in Nashville, TN.
Be sure to stop by the Baltimore Convention Center today, beginning at 1:30 p.m.