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Appalachian student receives award from Flexographic Technical Association

Hand_Jonathan_t.jpgBOONE—Jonathan Hand of Greenville, N.C., and a student at Appalachian State University, has received a bronze award in the 2009 Excellence in Flexography Competition sponsored by the  Flexographic Technical Association (FTA).

Hand is a graphic arts and imaging technology major in Appalachian’s Thomas W. Reese Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology (GAIT) program in the Department of Technology. He won a bronze award in the college division. His entry, a label called “God Loves in Many Languages,” was recognized for its complexity and clarity. The label was printed in reverse – the background is black ink with a multitude of text in various fonts and languages appearing from the paper underneath. The text also forms the image of a cross in the center of the label.

“This process is challenging in flexographic printing,” said GAIT instructor Thomas Reeves. “Everything must line up correctly, and the right amount of pressure is necessary to maintain font clarity. Jonathan has great attention to detail and is very motivated. We are very proud of his accomplishment.”

Hand’s label was created in Reeves’ fall 2008 Introduction to Flexography during his freshman year.
An estimated 600 samples from around the world were submitted for review for the awards ceremony, which recognizes flexographic printing done by businesses, and college and high school students. Only 135 entries were recognized.

The FTA, founded in 1958, is the leading technical society devoted exclusively to the flexographic printing industry.

Flexography is a printing process that uses a flexible relief plate. Flexography is used to print labels, corrugated containers, folding cartons, plastic bags, milk and beverage cartons, disposable cups and containers, wrappers and newspapers.

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