FFTA to Partner with PIA on 2011 Continuous Improvement Conference

April 10-13 | Kansas City, MO

12/17/2010 - Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA) will cosponsor Printing Industries of America’s (PIA) 2011 Continuous Improvement Conference. The event, set for April 10-13 in Kansas, City, Mo., now in its 22nd year, stands as the only conference for the printing and packaging industry focused on operational excellence and Lean manufacturing.

While the strategies for achieving operational excellence apply to all printing/converting companies, the conference will feature a few key sessions delivered by FTA-member companies specifically engaged in the flexographic print process. The sessions will focus on the tools, tactics and strategies being employed to reduce operational expenses, reduce lead-time, engage employees, and increase customer satisfaction. In addition, the conference will also delve into how to apply continuous improvement and Lean Manufacturing principles to transactional operations, such as sales, marketing, customer service, and finance.

“PIA and FTA continue to partner on this conference because the need to drive out inefficiency and cost in production and other processes, boost customer satisfaction, and ultimately, increase profits is universal among printers/converters,” said James Workman, assistant vice president, PIA. “The improvement strategies and ideas covered in the conference are just as relevant for a commercial printer as for a flexible package converter or label printer.”

The 2011 Continuous Improvement Conference includes an optional tour of Hallmark’s Leavenworth Production Facility, which will take attendees through the Hallmark facility that produces party supplies and gift-wrap. There, they will spot many examples of how the company has developed innovative solutions to cut costs and improve the quality of its production operations.

Another tour on the agenda will offer attendees a firsthand glimpse into how the Harley-Davidson factory, a world-class practitioner of Lean thinking, is using Lean thinking to take advantage of the down economy and build upon its market-leading position when things rebound.

New to this year’s program is the “How-To” Tutorial Track. These sessions teach those new to continuous improvement the basics—spotting waste, implementing 5S, performing a Kaizen event, establishing effective standard work, avoiding common reasons for the failure of improvement efforts, and connecting your safety program to continuous improvement.

Keynoting the conference will be John Goodman, vice chairman of TARP Worldwide, and Gwendolyn Galsworth, Ph.D., principal of QMI/Visual-Lean Institute. Goodman, one of the founders of the customer experience industry, will describe his company’s research on the impact of quality problems on loyalty and word of mouth. Galsworth will discuss how companies can use visual devices in production to drive higher levels of improvement.

Through its partnership, FTA has secured its members discounted registration rates of $795. For more information and early bird incentives, please visit www.printing.org/ciconference.

About Printing Industries of America

Printing Industries of America is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with approximately one million employees. It serves the interests of 10,000 member companies. Together with its nationwide affiliate network, Printing Industries delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the graphic communications industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.


Flexographic Technical Association, chartered in 1958, is a professional society dedicated to bringing all members of the flexographic printing community-printers, suppliers, consumer product companies, institutions, prepress houses and others--together by providing opportunities for the free exchange of technical ideas and discussion of mutual concerns. It is a proponent of maintaining and advancing quality standards and includes 1,750 member sites that represent more than 1,300 companies and 60,000 individuals.