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FLEXO Magazine : February 2010
12 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2010 www.flexography.org Let's face it. It's not about your press. What separates top-notch printing/converting compa- nies from the rest of the pack? What is the key to certain success in an uncertain market? What is it that allows some flexographic printers to see increased business, while others struggle to keep presses running? The X-factor is people. For years, experts in many industries have been proving that the most valuable asset for any com- pany is its personnel. Your human capital is the most critical element separating a given print facility from achieving its cus- tomers' primary needs---speed, quality and cost effectiveness. This has been one of the driving forces behind the cre- ation of FTA's FIRST Operator Certification program. Offered through the TEST (Technical Education Services Team) Virtual Campus, FIRST Operator Certification is designed to fine- tune your workforce. Its three levels of training are all aligned to the principles taught in FIRST 4.0 (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances), which supports consistent and repeatable print results. Let me repeat that: consistent and repeatable. Nothing could have a greater impact on an operation's setup and run time, quality level and overall cost per unit. How? Let's face it, if your plates are being made, mounted and registered consistently, you will save money on remakes and makeready time. If you know how to get up to color quickly, and can do it every day, you save time and reduce waste. If you can predict and repeat color day-in and day-out, then you are maximizing both efficiency and quality. CUSTOMERS COME FIRST That all sounds like a no-brainer. And it is---particularly for consumer products companies (CPCs). Already, a number of FTA CPC members have come onboard and endorsed the CPC Perspective on FIRST Operator Certification • A way for printers to improve their process. • Proof that a print operation is under control. • Online training eliminates the cost of travel and lodging. FIRST Operator Certification Fulfill Your Needs. Achieve Your Customers' Desires. FTA TODAY