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FLEXO Magazine : January 2010
and Bar Exam The designer, prepress provider, and printer all bear responsibility for producing quality bar code symbols. The printer is responsible for inspecting incoming materials to verify conformance to predetermined specifications. Additionally, the printer is responsible for identifying and communicating variables that influence printability, such as: the minimum printable size, the optimum bar width reduction, the correct distortion factor, and proper symbol orientation. The printer is also responsible for working with the designer to confirm the substrate and ink selected will provide adequate symbol contrast. Once a job is on press, the printer must monitor the symbol throughout the pressrun to ensure it is scannable. TEST says, It can't be stated any clearer: bar codes either scan within tolerance or they don't. That means it is worth the investment in time and resources to insure that the quality goes in before the bar code goes on. And that, in turn, means that every flexographic printer printing bar codes should consider migrating to a properly calibrated ANSI/UCC5-based verifier to bring their quality assurance program into alignment with the direction of the future. For more information, see Section 23.2 (page 258) of FIRST 4.0. The Keys to Flexographic Excellence What is FIRST The intention of FIRST is to provide all participants in the flexographic reproduction process with a common set of guidelines, tutorials and data that can be used as communication and production tools. The aim of FIRST is to create a common set of specifications and communication protocols for the industry. This platform should establish common communication and identify the responsibility of the provider(s). To order FIRST, call 631-737-6020 or visit www.ftastore.com. What is TEST TEST is the educational arm of the Flexographic Technical Association. The aim of TEST is to align all of the training materials available through the FTA with the guidelines, tutorials and data identified in FIRST. TEST is focused on implementing new learning methodologies to reach out to a larger portion of the FTA membership. For more information on TEST, visit www.flexography.org.
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