The FTA, the flexographic association for North America, has awarded Hybrid Software, Miraclon and Paper Converting Machine Co (PCMC) the 2020 FTA Technical Innovation Award.

The award-winning technologies were announced during the FTA Awards Presentation on 22 April, which kicked off the first of three days of Virtual Forum 2020.

Hybrid Software, one of two winners in the Prepress – Graphics category, won for its CLOUDFLOW Patchplanner. The web-based production tool minimises material use and saves operators’ time by consolidating and optimising design file layout.

Miraclon, one of two winners in the Prepress – Graphics category, won for its Kodak Flexcel NX Ultra Solution featuring Ultra Clean Technology. The plate making 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.

Paper Converting Machine Co (PCMC), was the winner of the Prepress – Pressroom category, won 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.

‘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,’ said FTA’s director of education Joe Tuccitto.