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FLEXO Magazine : February 2010
8 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2010 www.flexography.org Founded in 1987, The Robinette Co. of Bristol, TN has a long reputation for manufacturing quality printed products. The Robinette Co. is a full-service flexible packaging and spe- cialty converting manufacturer committed to serving the food, beverage, construction, textile and healthcare markets. The firm has always strived to output top quality packaging, and is a frequent winner of FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards. With the introduction of TEST (Technical Education Services Team) a few years ago, FTA debuted the Virtual Campus online training module, and more recently, FIRST Operator Certifica- tion. Aligned to principles found in FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances) 4.0, the three- tier program educates operators and production personnel in both basic and advanced techniques for consistent and repeatable printing in any segment of the industry. Seeing this as an opportunity to enhance their current training regiment, The Robinette Co. embarked on an initiative to require FIRST Operator Certification of all of it production employees. Even better, the company is receiving financial assistance from the U.S. Workforce Investment Board (WIB), which has significantly reduced out-of-pocket costs. FLEXO recently spoke with Gary Sisk, human resource manager, and Paul Freiberg, plant manager at The Robinette Co. about the company 's efforts and experiences with the FIRST Operator Certification program and the WIB. Q: What initially inspired the decision to require FIRST Operator Certification among your personnel? Freiberg: The Robinette Co. is a high end printer and converter of flexible packaging serving the food, beverage, and industrial markets. We have invested in the best assets • "It took approximately six months to obtain the funds through WIB." ---Gary Sisk • "We started in January 2010 and approximately 80 percent of the press crews have completed Level I." ---Paul Freiberg • "We see the FIRST certification program as part of our continuous improvement initiatives, and as such, expect more proficiency from our operators." ---Paul Freiberg Certified for Success WIB and FTA Help The Robinette Co. Put Employees FIRST Photos by Paul Robinette. The Robinette Co. aims to have 100 percent FIRST-certified press operators, giving it the best trained work- force complemented with the best assets to serve its customers. FTA TODAY