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FLEXO Magazine : June 2012
In theIr own words... “How has the FIRST Certification experience improved your knowledge and understanding of the flexo process?” “It has help me out with understanding the Prepress side of the process. It has also allowed me to help my operators understand the process more and explain things in more detail. As far as the experience, the support group you have there is top notch! I couldn’t have asked for a more helpful and knowledgeable group of people to always be there to help me when I had a question. It was a great experience and I would recommend it to all the printers in the industry if they want to get ahead of the game.” - Joe Kosik, flexographic trainer/process control, Shields Bag & Printing Company “I have been working for Esko for 15 years and been doing implementa- tions in offset and newspapers the first 10. The last five years has been with flexo. I always follow the wise words “to live is to learn”. I learned things from the training but where I really gained is that it took me in the right direction where I push our customers more to run by the numbers. That is going to benefit all of us.” - Henning Hansen, FIQ specialist, Esko “The FIRST Implementation Specialist training very concisely described how all the pieces of the flexo process should fit together. In my job, I deal with many different people in many different parts of the workflow. It is important that I am able to help them understand how the things they are doing can affect the rest of the process. The training helped me become more valuable to my customers by giving me the knowledge I need to ef- fectively guide them toward a more efficient and better quality process.” - Rory Marsoun manager, flexo services, Esko “As a project manager for a prepress provider, the FIRST Level I course provides the history of flexography as well as a great working vocabu- lary, giving me added confidence discussing projects with designers and printers. This improved rapport with external customers makes for effec- tive design implementation and increased customer satisfaction. Level II and III ISC covered in detail the technical aspects of the flexographic workflow, focusing on process control and repeatable press runs. These certifications gave me a great understanding of the key components required for execution of design intent on press.” - Mark Baumann, account manager, Stevenson Color, Inc. ual certifications to increase knowledge and skills on the floor, but the real bang for the buck is when companies align the training with FIRST specifications, get their entire company on board, and at- tain the FIRST Company Certification. ” In order for a company to be eligible, the following criteria must be met: • 40 percent of Pressroom Staff must be FIRST Press Operator Certified. • 40 percent of Prepress Staff must be FIRST Prepress Operator Certi- fied. • 40 percent of Management/Produc- tion Staff must be FIRST Implemen- tation Specialist Certified. A FIRST Company Certification is valid for a three-year period, provided the company: • Complies with required on-site audit criteria. • Maintains the required number of certified staff. • Complies with the FIRST workflow methodology through adhering to the ongoing data submission requirements. Additional criteria are outlined in full in the FIRST Company Certification policies document, located at: www. flexography.org/04Education/docu- ments/FIRSTCompanyCertV3.pdf. FTA does not take a FIRST Company Certification lightly. The process is ongoing and not at all static. Sustaining the certification for the three-year dura- tion requires a continuous commitment to workflow compliance. In fact, a certi- fied company must routinely provide FTA with specified data to verify that the business is maintaining its FIRST recommended workflow compliance. Rates and ROI For the average individual who has achieved a FIRST Operator Certifica- tion, the entire process costs approxi- mately $2,000. The return on invest- ment is tenfold, according to Tuccitto, who makes the comparison between traditional, off-site courses and this online training. “A typical two-day train- ing course can cost upwards of $2,500, when you add in associated travel and expenses. That’s not factoring in the lost time back in the office or on the production floor either. ” 30 FLeXo june 2012 www.flexography.org 30 FLeXo june 2012 www.flexography.org OEC Graphics is the exclusive provider of the Polymount Plate Cleaner, engineered specifically for cleaning flexo plates. Whether it is solvent, water or UV, the exclusive Polywash detergent and precision delicate brushes restores plates to a like new condition every time. No more scrubbing off those fine highlight dots. The Plate Cleaner treats them with care. Unlike other cleaning machines, plates emerge dry and ready to store. The multidirectional design offers great efficiency and ease of use. 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