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FLEXO Magazine : September 2012
LEVEL III Upon completion of Level III, employ- ees will have demonstrated a profi- ciency in implementing FIRST through- out the entire flexographic workflow. The primary focus of this course is to provide a scientific approach to the flexographic process, using data to pro- duce a consistent, repeatable product. Before taking the Level III examination, individuals must meet all prerequisite skills and have already completed the Levels I & II certification courses. “F IRST has definitely helped me. For someone new to printing, it was great to get the background and history of print- ing,” stated Brad Butcher, maintenance supervisor, Winterfield, LLC. “Press training can only go so far — when you get thrown on a press — FIRST explains why I am doing what I am doing. Plus, when performing press maintenance, it is much easier to figure out what needs fixing when errors can be easily explained and understood.” With a Level III certification, employ- ees will have adept knowledge of FIRST methodology. With this understanding, employees will be able to describe the optimization process in relation to the plate process and densitometric finger- printing process; as well as colormetric characteristics. Similarly, they will be able to describe how process control data can be used to improve performance. Furthermore, Level III certified employees will be able to communicate FIRST procedures and principles to all internal teams. This means they can teach the process control elements used throughout the flexograph- ic workflow; as well as perform practices related to type and design elements for vector and/or raster imaging. Moreover, employees who have earned Level III ISC, will have the ability to ana- lyze print results. This means a certified employee will be able to analyze plate package results for peak workflow pro- ductivity as well as analyze International Color Consortium (ICC) profiles to assure accurate specification. 20 FLEXO september 2012 www.flexography.org Being an independent ink manufacturer gives us the freedom to respond to your needs more quickly and with greater flexibility. It also makes our personal commitment to product excellence and exceptional service more binding. We call that our “Signature Service” and we take pride in helping printers achieve the best printing results possible. If you’re not receiving our Signature Service now, perhaps it’s time you experienced an independence day and talk with an Alden & Ott specialist. For over 50 years, the quality and service goes in before our name goes on— Alden & Ott Printing Inks. • Offset Printing Inks • Flexographic Printing Inks Alden & Ott Printing Inks Company Arlington Heights, IL tel: 847.364.6817 1.800.552.INKS aldenottink.com We’ve always believed in independence. CompanIEs wIth FIRst CERtIFIED ImpLEmEntatIon spECIaLIsts Belmark, Inc. Berry Plastics Corp. Best Label Co., Inc. Colormasters, LLC Esko Flexo Wash, LLC Georgia-Pacific Corp. Harper Corp. of America Hood Packaging Corp. InterFlex Group INX International Ink Co. Johnson Bryce, Inc. Pemla Ink Technologies Plastic Packaging, Inc. Portco Packaging Printpack, Inc. Shields Bag & Printing Co. Smyth Companies Star Packaging Corp. Stevenson Color, Inc. Sun Chemical Corp. Winterfield, LLC SeeusatLabelexpoBooth#704