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FLEXO Magazine : December 2012
1. Tackling a non-typical job for a narrow web flexo printer, namely FLEXO Magazine’s December Source- Book and FTA Member Directory cover 2. Folding in high-end graphics, designed for application to a specialty substrate, where the uncoated backside is unaccustomed to accepting print 3. Printing targets right on the cover for all to see and inviting them to check your work 4. Truly putting the capabilities of modern day flexo to the test Rising to the task and standing resolute on achieving customer needs with process control were Best Label’s John Crammer, general manager; Gary Ingle, operations manager; Travis Gilkey, sales manager; David Duncan, quality manager; Kevin Liang, prepress supervisor; Au- drey Van Camp, FIRST color management specialist; and Alejandro Renteria, press operator. And offering their assist were important vendor partners: Rick Duarte, Pro ColorFlex Ink Corp.; Kent Wolford, Nilpeter; Jon Fultz, Fujifilm; Duane Stevenson, MACtac Roll Products; Douglas Staggs, Agfa- Pitman and Ralph Bobsin, Fujifilm. PLAN & EXECUTE The process, like every other, began with a plan. Assem- ble an image from multiple pieces of art, discuss prepress techniques to be applied, modify the file accordingly—but don’t finalize things before selecting the press the job is to be printed on—and running both a characterization and fin- gerprint. That, of course, requires identification of major and minor elements—all variables that can affect print results. Obvious considerations: inks, substrate, plates, anilox rolls, doctor blades, even the plate mounting materials—nothing should escape notice. Everything—all aspects of the job—re- quire documentation. Best Label maps out its workflow to identify key compo- nents, including both devices and equipment which are fingerprinted and optimized to FIRST specifications and the company sometimes intermingles aspects of the same jobs between two California plants—Union City and Cerritos. Initial reviews take place. Best Label’s John Crammer and Agfa- Pitman’s Douglas Staggs examine printed results on the web. Crammer and Staggs pull a sample, then set about taking measurements and charting controls. Staggs takes spectrophotometer readings as Fujifilm’s Jon Fultz records the essential data. Full speed ahead. FLEXO cover as it progresses through the press and is printed to the numbers. www.flexography.org DECEmBEr 2012 FLEXO 33