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FLEXO Magazine : June 2009
PLANTS & PROCESSES Q: What did you learn from producing FIRST by FIRST? Vanhandel: Being a pretty passionate person myself, I have learned there are so many other passionate people across the industry, who truly love doing what they do. After only 10 short years it’s confi rmed, I am doing what I want to be doing, yet I have so much to learn. Madigan: We learned that our process works, again. It was fun to fi t in the characterization, set everything up and then hit press and get exactly what we wanted—a rich, vibrant piece. Keif: Knowing your ink standards and then knowing how your substrate works w/ that ink is critical. Q: Would you encourage others to utilize FIRST? If so, why? Vanhandel: The contents of FIRST, is a collection of real-life experience from those out in the industry who develop graphics, separate the fi les, run the presses. The principles and practices of FIRST, have been tested and proven by a group of people who know what’s needed to get the job done and the best way to get there. A collection of information from one end user to the next, creates the best manual out there. Madigan: I would encourage designers, artists and separators to use FIRST. Would I encourage other printing companies to utilize FIRST? Well. . . The companies using FIRST may save money and time, and also keep their customers happy; but if they choose not to use FIRST, it gives us a leg up on our competition. Keif: Yes - FIRST is a great tool for communication and developing standardized procedures. Without it, you are producing work that is at the discretion of whomever is press-side approving the job. If you want repeatable results, FIRST is the prefect tool. Collins: FIRST 4.0 provides the tools that any printer can use to not only improve control in the pressroom; but to also improve the communication between customer, designer, prepress house, and printer to increase the success rate of converting new designs from concept to commercialization. ■ CD Label Designer Printer & Prepress Provider FIRST 4.0 Label Designer Poly Bag/ Shipper Book Cover FIRST 4.0 Print Sample Contributors Printer Randy Hooks Smurfi t Stone Display, Latta, SC Corrugated Box/Easel Prepress Provider Designer Brian Propst Alan McDowell Focus Imaging Group, Atlanta, GA Rebecca VanHandel Alfred Bowers RR Donnelley, Menasha, WI Bill Weernink Smyth Companies, Minneapolis, MN Printer Joe McCarthy International Paper Technical Center, Loveland, OH Kim Madigan Prepress Provider Designer Printer Prepress Provider Designer Smyth Companies, Minneapolis, MN Bill Ferguson Cincinnati Precision Plate, Cincinnati, OH Rebecca VanHandel Alfred Bowers RR Donnelley, Menasha, WI Greg Collins C-P Flexible Packaging, York, PA Pat Madigan Bag-Pack, Inc., Hamilton, OH Rebecca VanHandel Alfred Bowers RR Donnelley, Menasha, WI Arleen Neustein Excelsior Packaging Corp., Yonkers, NY Printer CD Envelope Prepress Provider Printer & Prepress Provider Mike Shanley National Envelope Corp., Exton, PA Steven Rose National Envelope Corp., Exton, PA Designer Rebecca VanHandel RR Donnelley, Menasha, WI Jay Sperry Clemson University, Clemson, SC Rebecca VanHandel RR Donnelley, Menasha, WI Jay Sperry Clemson University, Clemson, SC Malcolm Keif California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA Malcolm Keif California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA Rebecca VanHandel RR Donnelley, Menasha, WI 32 FLEXO JUNE 2009 www. f le xography. org
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