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FLEXO Magazine : August 2012
Anilox cleaning: Cleaning rolls to maintain consistent cell volume is critical to achieving specifications. and knowledge of press operations. Particular attention is paid to the printing process and spot colors using FIRST for techniques measuring and controlling print variables. “ We’ve been able to save time in makeready, down time, set-up and ink-mixing,” said Gloria Costin, human resources manager, Plastic Packaging, Inc. “ In general, it has affected our efficiency and productivity. Whether you are evaluating your processes or serving your customers, it helps if you all speak the same language.” The primary focus of this course is to provide a base knowledge of flexographic press operations as it per- tains to the science of flexography. The course borrows heavily from the specifications and tolerances presented in FIRST 4.0 as they relate to communication skills, design and prepress knowledge, and press- room skills. “ We are currently enrolled in Levels I, II, III with more training yet to encounter,” said Steve Moss, printing manager and Press Operator Certified (POC) Level III, American Packaging Corp. “ We definitely see the benefit of consistency through process, procedures and terminol- ogy, which is different in every printing facility. FIRST training maintains and provides consistency within our employees through communication, thus providing a product that can be reproduced day-to-day and order-to-order. ” Moreover, this course will focus on the steps necessary to understand and objectively perform the color and tone repro- duction capabilities (and limitations) of the flexographic print- ing process. These steps include optimization, fingerprinting, process control, and characterization, which provide the information required in the package development workflow. Following the completion of Level III, students will be able to adhere to FIRST practices, solve press problems through data verification, communicate customer expectations to his or her press crew, demonstrate the ability to lead a press team and apply FIRST recommendations to reduce production waste. Some of the courses include optimizing FIRST parameters out- side of press operations in regards to design and press as well Sleeve mounting: Typically, sleeves are mounted onto mandrels or print cylinders using compressed air. A microscope is used to inspect the engraving quality of the anilox roll. Variables such as land area, cell shape, and channeling are evaluated. 24 FLEXO AuguST 2012 www.flexography.org FIRST CERTIFIED PRESS OPERATORS Portco Packaging InterFlex Group Berry Plastics Corp. Star Packaging Corp. Clark Container, Inc. Walter G. Anderson Corp. Winterfield LLC Georgia-Pacific Corp. Bemis Company, Inc. Smyth Companies American Packaging Corp. Best Label Company, Inc. Plastic Packaging, Inc. International Paper Star Packaging Corp. Hood Packaging Corp. Johnson Bryce, Inc. Lintec Label Solutions Printpack Packaging de Mexico SA de CV Prairie State Group Star Packaging Corp. Cryovac AMSPAK Farnell Packaging Ltd.