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FLEXO Magazine : July 2011
that I can send to them explaining some of the fundamental rules and considerations of flexography? • Are the designer and the CPC aware of FIRST? Have they read it? • Have I fingerprinted my press with the prepress provider to discern basic print specifications like mini- mum type sizes, minimum stroke weights, minimum dot percentages and optimal bar width reductions in barcodes? Have I provided these specifications to the designer? • Is the die drawing clear enough that the designer should not pro- duce a design that is not printable, due to the layout, or a design that will not fit on the finishing and packaging equipment? • Do I have a list of design criteria, or a “do and don’t” list, that I can submit to the designer explaining some of the additional design con- siderations for elements that may not print well? If you can satisfactorily answer those questions, you will have a much higher chance that the Rembrandt the design- er created won’t come out resembling a macaroni noodle painting. n About the Author: Tyler Mills works as special projects manager for Cyber Graphics in Memphis, TN. He graduat- ed from Clemson University in 2006 with a degree in Graphic Communications. He’s led a number of internal projects around quality management, workflow optimization, scheduling and color profiling, and he currently manages the organization’s sustainability objectives. Cyber Graphics is a privately owned trade shop, serving the pre-media and media needs of customers worldwide by blending design creativity and skillful expertise with the technological requirements of flexographic print- ing. Specialties range from creative design and digital photography to food styling, production art, color manage- ment, workflow, plate making and laser engraving. Cyber Graphics believes in continuously developing its technolo- gies, systems and people to provide excellence and flexibility in response to customer challenges. www.flexography.org July 2011 FLEXO 33 We’retalkingfast. Nothing beats the accuracy and consistency of the Phantom QDTM Proofing System. Snap the handle into the carriage and the Phantom takes control, keeping pressure even and constant. Changing anilox rollers is quick and easy. The QDTM is utility free, lightweight, and can be taken press side. • Constant proofer loading • Portable: No utilities needed • Magnetic loaded doctor blade • Hard coating on all surfaces • Quick change anilox rollers • Stacked anilox to rubber roller • Solid handle without spring • Snap-in blade holder To learn more, call 704.588.3371 or Toll Free at 866.588.8686 Or order on our website. HARPERSCIENTIFIC DIVISION HARPERIMAGE.COM Americas • Europe • Asia ©2011