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FLEXO Magazine : April 2011
Plants & Processes and the equipment second. The equipment is what allows our employees to reach their peak.” Walter G. Anderson recently added a 10-color Omet flexo press to its web-fed flexo presses. The company offers in-line die-cutting and produces handles, random coding, labeling, windowing and tip-ons. Anderson says that training also keeps employees com- fortable in their jobs. For example, when WGA introduced robots into the workplace, the controls might have appeared intimidating, but employees were prepared and willing to learn. “ Change can be hard, and we want to make it as easy as possible.” n www.flexography.org april 2011 FLEXO 41 “Right EvERy Run” Q&A with Adam Snell, Printing Supervisor Q: What prompted the decision to have Wal- ter G. Anderson staff go through FIRST training? Snell: We were looking at training programs to elevate our game. Our customers are demanding better quality products and more efficiency, and investing in training meets those expectations. Q: What was your goal in having staff enroll in the training? Snell: Our goal is to produce better quality car- tons and improve productivity and safety. Q: How many people on your staff have been through FIRST training? Snell: All 10 people in our flexo department are currently midway through Level II, from operators through helpers. Q: How has the staff responded to the training? Snell: Not only do they get information from instructors, but they like being able to talk about what they ’ve learned. All shifts are involved, and everyone is able to respond to everyone else’s posts on the message boards, so they learn from each other. They also like learning about the key technology. They knew what an anilox roll is, but now they know more about it, how it’s put together and why it works. Q: How has the training improved your processes? Snell: With Level II, our makereadies have gone down a bit. Hopefully this will take 10 to 15 min- utes off each one. Q: How has the training helped you meet your customers’ demands? Snell: Our customers expect a perfect carton every time, with perfect color matches and no defects. The best way to support our customers is to support our staff. Q: If colleagues were to ask you about the pro- gram, what would you say? Snell: It gives you good practices on the press. It explains what tools you need and helps you understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Both operator and helper can under- stand what is going on, when, and how. They will know what to do if there is problem. FIRST gives you outlines that you can apply to your specifications for your market segment. It gives you guidelines so that you will be successful and get the job right with every run that you do.