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FLEXO Magazine : February 2009
PLANTS & PROCESSES ø z - ø c CJ :: III ..... III - >< III ..... II. Private label snack food packaging produced at Hood Packaging, Arden Hills, MN. jDialed In' Hood Packaging Keeps in Control From start to Finish By Christian R. Bonawandt I n today's economy, even more than ever, saving every possible ounce of time and money is crucial. Time spent re-working a design or difficulty matching a proof can quickly drain away from much-needed profits. Those flexographic printers/convert- ers that are able to get up to color quickly-in essence, Uhit the ground running" -are true masters of their craft, and are worthy of emulation and adoration among their peers. This level of quality and control can be seen at the Arden Hills, MN plant of Hood Packaging Corp. The company prides itself on being dialed in," as it was put by Graphics and Technical - Manager Gary Hilliard. What this means is that its presses have been finetuned and fingerprinted, characterized and calibrated, so that operators can get a job up to speed, hit densities and be right on target. The firm adheres to FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances) guidelines, and has pro- duced jobs with G7/near-neutral calibration. Hilliard, who is also chairman of the FFTA Board of Trustees, leads this effort. The company also works hand-in-hand, whenever possible, with con- sumer product company (CPC) customers and designers to put together flexo-friendly designs the first time around. FEBRUARY 2009 www.flexography.org FLEXO
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