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FLEXO Magazine : December 2010
Substrates, Lean Manufacturing (a new addition to the lineup), Prepress, and Sustainability. Coinciding with Forum 2011, is the INFO*FLEX Exhibition (May 2-3), the single largest package printing and in-line converting networking opportunity in North America for 2011. INFO*FLEX boasts 200+ booths manned by 160+ of flexography ’s leading suppliers, as well as a presen- tation theater, an educational pavilion, a complimentary luncheon and networking social and more. • INFO*FLEX, already at 80 percent sold, is designed to facilitate a host of interactive opportunities, both personal and structured. • The FIRST Operator Certification Scholarship Program is available to any individual looking to attain a FIRST Press or Prepress Operator certification. The amount of each scholarship is $1,050, approximately 50 percent of the total member cost for the complete certification (levels I, II and III). Funds are provided by FTA’s regional networking groups, the Harper Corporation of America (founding sponsors of the Technical Education Services Team), and the Foundation’s soon-to-be launched online auction. The remaining 50 percent will be in the form of a matching grant subsidy provided directly by FFTA. To be eligible, applicants must have at least two years full-time direct work experience in any area related to flexo- graphic printing/converting. Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete all three levels within a two-year time period. Signature eventS • Living up to its dual billing as: “a premium package” and “an experience not to be missed,” Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association’s 2010 Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX exhibition drew 1,500+ stakeholders in the packaging development chain to Las Vegas, NV, May 2-5. There, 400+ printers stood side-by-side with their valued consumer product company customers, as well as graphic designers, prepress trade shops, and their essential suppliers—manufacturers and distributors. Col- lectively, they borrowed and built on each other’s ideas while drafting strategies to drive the industry forward. On average, 350 people turned out for each of eight tech- nical sessions. Standing-room only was often the rule. Pre-show bonus seminars—FIRST Operator Certifica- tion Level I and a Software Tutorial stretching from G7 to Adobe CS4 and CS5—were filled to capacity, even after seats were added. INFO*FLEX was a sell-out with 186 firms displaying their wares in 218 individual booths. Even the Presenta- tion Theater, situated right on the trade floor, frequently overflowed as attendees hungered for knowledge on the latest, state-of-the-art flexographic printing tech- nologies. Talk covered everything from brand integrity, shelf ap- peal, product protection, sustainability, social respon- sibility and lifecycle management; to communication, collaboration, competition and execution. Sprinkled into the conversation were frequent mentions of: char- acterization, optimization, calibration, documentation, control, consistency, repeatability, predictability, quality and customer satisfaction. • Sustainable growth and superior value propositions took the spotlight at Labelexpo of the Americas 2010, as 12,761 attendees (a 5 percent increase over 2008) were urged to: push boundaries, boost bottom line profits, focus on short yet complex jobs, adhere to strict demands and look at the real economics of the business. From print engines to paradigm shifts, technologies, philosophies and prac- tices were both analyzed and discussed. Live demonstra- tions, aimed at optimizing label print performance were staged; meaning that comparison of results achieved utilizing different print processes—flexography among them—were facilitated. It all happened over the course of three consecutive days, Sept. 14-16, in Rosemont, IL . 2010 2010 May 2–5 | The Paris Las Vegas | Las Vegas, Nevada Chair: Jean Engelke | Vice-Chair: Mark Coffman, Dixie Graphics Experience the flexographic industry’s PreMiuM educational & networking event FFTA Annual Forum & INFO*FLEX Exhibition www.flexography.org 12 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2010 www.flexography.org Let’sfaceit.It’s notaboutyourpress. Whatseparatestop-notchprinting/convertingcompa- nies fromtherestofthepack? Whatisthekeytocertain successinanuncertainmarket?Whatisitthatallowssome flexographicprinterstoseeincreasedbusiness,whileothers struggletokeeppresses running? TheX-factorispeople.For years,expertsinmanyindustries have beenprovingthatthemostvaluableassetforanycom- panyisitspersonnel.Yourhumancapitalisthemostcritical elementseparatingagivenprintfacilityfromachievingitscus- tomers’primary needs—speed,qualityandcosteffectiveness. Thishasbeenoneofthedrivingforcesbehindthecre- ationofFTA’sFIRSTOperatorCertificationprogram.Offered throughtheTEST(TechnicalEducationServicesTeam)Virtual Campus,FIRSTOperatorCertificationisdesignedtofine- tuneyourworkforce.Itsthreelevelsoftrainingareallaligned totheprinciplestaughtinFIRST4.0(Flexographic Image ReproductionSpecificationsandTolerances),whichsupports consistentand repeatableprint results. Letmerepeatthat:consistentandrepeatable.Nothing couldhaveagreaterimpactonanoperation’s setupand run time,qualitylevelandoverallcostperunit.How?Let’sface it,ifyourplatesarebeing made, mountedandregistered consistently,youwillsavemoneyonremakesand makeready time.Ifyouknowhowtogetuptocolorquickly,andcandoit everyday,yousavetimeand reducewaste.Ifyoucanpredict andrepeatcolorday-inandday-out,thenyouare maximizing bothefficiencyandquality. CUSTOMERSCOMEFIRST Thatallsoundslikeano-brainer. Anditis—particularlyfor consumerproductscompanies(CPCs).Already,a number ofFTACPCmembershavecomeonboardandendorsedthe CPCPerspectiveonFIRSTOperatorCertification •A wayforprinters toimprovetheirprocess. •Proofthataprintoperationisundercontrol. •Onlinetrainingeliminatesthecostof travel andlodging. FIRST Operator Certification Fulfill Your Needs. Achieve Your Customers’ Desires. FTA TOD AY www.flexography.org FEBRUARY 2010 FLEXO 13 www.fl ex ograp hy. org www.flexography.org FEBRUARY 2010 FLEXO FIRST OperatorCertification program. An early s upp orter of the progr am is GeneralMillsInc. InNov.2009,FTAEducationDirector JoeTuccittovisitedwiththelong-time FIRST proponent with a dual agenda. “Onepurposeofthetripwastoprovide them withanupdateofwhat’s newin FIRST 4.0;particularlythestandards thatwereference,suchasCGATSTR- 012.WediscussedhowFIRSTincorpo- ratessuchinformation, andhowflexo canaimforit.Thenwetalkedabout theFIRSTcertificationprogram atthe pressandprepresslevel.Theydon’t understandwhyallprintersare not doingthis.” Packagingandgraphicsteams atGeneralMillssawFIRSTOpera- torCertificationas notjustawayto improvetheirprocess,butasawayfor printers toprovethattheiroperations areundercontrol.AccordingtoRory Berg,seniorprepressassociate,FIRST OperatorCertificationshows him “that theprinterknowswhatit’s doing,and thatitcanhitthesamecolortimeafter timeaftertime.” OnDec.11,FTAofferedafreeWe- binartoallCPCmembersdiscussing thethree-levelcertificationprogram. Attendees,includingseveralactive members of FTA’s CPC Leadership Council,weregivenanin-depthlookat the core goals and learning outcomes oftheindividualcourses.Inaconfer- encecall meetingseveralweekslater, CPCLeadershipCouncil members praisedthedevelopmentofthepro- gram. They referredtoitasa“big deal”fortheindustry.Onecouncil membernotedthathewasvery conscientious whenheasked hisprinterstospendmoney. Another lauded theVirtual Campusandthefactthatall courseswereavailableonline, eliminatingtheexpenseand losttimeassociatedwithtravel. “Today’sflexoindustryisnot whereitwas10and15years ago,”saidTuccitto.We’vedone it,we’rehere:Wehaveprovedto ourcustomersthatwearebetter thanotherprintprocesses.Flexois nolongerthered-headedstepchild ofthepackagingindustry.Nowthat we’veprovedit,though,we’veraised ourcustomers’expectations.Soit’stime topushflexotothenextlevel.Buttodo that,wehavetodoittogether.” I To learn more,call704.588 .3371 orTollFree 800.438.3111 Qua li ty,cons i stencyandeff i c i ency i n apressroomtrans l ates i nto l owerproduct i oncosts. Andnocompany i smorecomm i ttedto he l p i ngyouach i eve thesegoa l sw i th unprecedentedresu l tsthanHarper.Somuchso,wedevoteanent i red i v i s i on tothecause. Ca ll 800 - 438 - 3111togetstartedand rece i vea copyofour“Seven E l ementF l exo”free. 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