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FLEXO Magazine : May 2010
FTA TODAY FIRST says,The profiled contract proof represents the customer’s complete content and color expectations for the final printed product and is the basis for negotiations on project performance. It illustrates how the printed image is expected to look when reproduced on press and is an important quality control tool and communication device. It is profiled using a color management system (CMS) and is prepared based on profiles provided by the specific printer or prepress provider and is produced according to FIRST specifications. The contract proof does not have to be a dot-for-dot reproduction, but it must be an overall visual simulation of the expected print results. Therefore,it must show the dot gain, color attributes,detail, and contrast of the printed image. It must also contain a control target that is processed and imaged as part of the proof,which will be used to verify accuracy and consistency through- out the design, proofing,and printing process. The control target must contain specific screen values,which should be determined with the printer,for any colors printing dots, including vignettes. TEST says, Did your 2010 Excellence in Flexography submission take home an award? Every year the FTA receives over 500 entries for the Excellence in Flexography Awards. Of all those entries only about 35% are accompanied by a contract proof. A small point value is deducted from every entry that does not include a contract proof as a target. While this point value is very low, it can play a significant part in your print job winning an award. As the FIRST book states,“The profiled contract proof represents the customers complete content and color expectations for the final printed product and its the basis for negotiations on project performance.” It said it all so divides the judges with a comparative target all of your customer’s expectations. For more information, see Section 16.1 (Page 117) Profiled Contract Proof 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 commu- nication 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. 150 FLEXO mAY 2010 www.flexography.org FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification • Designed for non-production personnel. • Certified individuals can help operations collect and use data. • Color Management Group: first FTA member to enroll. For more information on FIRST Implementation Spe- cialist or any of FTA’s other certification courses, please contact TEST@flexography.org. Flexo-CertiFied! The following members of Color Management Group represent the first people to achieve both Level I and II of the FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification: Bruce Bayne Son Do Ron Ellis Dan Gillespie Thomas Holm Greg Irvin Marc Levine Eric Magnussen David Meyers Lee Nelson Christian Schowalter Peter Shamray Dan Uress Patricia Wales Dan Wilson Karla Witte Terry Wyse Darrian Young For years now, the flexographic printing industry has used FTA’s skills certification courses to ensure that new, existing and prospective employees can produce consistent and repeatable product. As part of its TEST (Tech- nical Education Services Team) program, the skills exams were revised to align with FIRST (Flexographic Image Repro- duction Specifications and Tolerances) principles, and were re-branded as the FIRST Operator Skills Certification. Until recently, the certification exams were available for two different tracks: FIRST Press Operator and FIRST Prepress Operator. While both tracks are based on the same core cur- riculum and aligned to learning outcomes taught in FIRST 4.0, material within each specific three-level track is customized to a specific career path. Making new traCks But what about those whose job is not directly related to the press or prepress area? What about the individual whose work is outside the plant entirely? And then, of course, there are manufacturers of inks, mounting tapes, plates, etc—all of whose products are critical to the flexographic printing workflow. For them, where is the certification that asserts that they understand FIRST recommended practices, and how to implement them? This was the question posed by Marc Levine at Color Man- agement Group. It was December of 2009, during the Printing Industries of America Color Management Conference in Phoenix, AZ, when Levine approached Joe Tuccitto, FTA edu- cation director, about a way for the Color Management Group to make stronger inroads into the flexographic printing and packaging industry. Fortunately for him, Tuccitto was armed with the answer: FIRST Implementation Specialist! “The FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification is designed for non-production personnel who are connected to technical support roles,” explained Tuccitto. “ These are people in the industry who are assisting printers in complying with FIRST. This certification ensures that the individual can walk into a given operation, and show its personnel how to collect data and use this data on a regular basis to achieve better consistency, run to run, product to product, every day. ” First on the BloCk Eager to partake of the program, Levine orga- nized enrollment for 18 members of the Color Management Group, an FTA member company. Working with Tuccitto and Jay Sperry of Clem- son University, each group member completed both Level I and Level II exams, achieving Implementation Spe- cialist Level II certification. “Our active interest in packaging and an active pursuit for best practices brought us together,” said Levine. Color Management Group and FTA are now gearing up for Level III certification. Color Management Group members are the first industry consultants to receive FIRST Implementation Specialist and be able to offer this depth of Level III certified expertise. n implementation initiation FTA Unveils New FIRST Certification FLX_May10_sec6.indd 150 4/17/10 10:46 PM