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FLEXO Magazine : December 2012
FIRST techniques; along with advances in presses, plates, inks, anilox, sticky back and all of the ancillary products, are simply able to quickly and cost effectively produce results that were unheard of only a few years ago.” His colleague, Ralph Bobsin, expressed similar thoughts. “Quality of flexo today rivals lithography. Everyone always talks about ‘magazine quality,’ Flexo is now delivering maga- zine quality. This is an exciting project. We’re using UV cur- able ink put through fine line anilox rolls. It’s a natural fit.” Crammer declared the cover project, “A resounding suc- cess!” He also said. “ We achieved expectations at every level. FIRST is the foundation of Best Label’s printing standards. We use FIRST methodologies every day! We get repeatable results on an ongoing basis. ” That opinion echoed words expressed on earlier occa- sions. “ T he success of our company is demonstrative of the quality of the FIRST certification program,” Crammer told FLEXO just one year ago. “ Certification, in and of itself sends a message to our existing customers, future clients and our competition. The complete FIRST Certification program (Press Operator, Prepress Operator, Implementation Specialist and Company) encourages its participants to continue learning about an ever-changing industry. Staying ahead of the curve, while applying best practices and standardized procedures, allows companies to continue their education and build stron- ger skills on the part of the staff.” He confidently concluded, “Every day, we nail down the standards we need to perform to and document our results.” FIRST has helped to make “Best practices” synonymous with Best Label. n 42 FLEXO december 2012 www.flexography.org ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR COMPANY’S NAME TO GO HERE? This is what you’ll proudly display when your company has successfully achieved a FIRST Company Certification. Your customer’s will know that you have demonstrated excellence and are committed to the ongoing training of your employees. This plaque will serve as testimony to the fact that the Flexographic Technical Association has recognized your facility as one that is continually applying FIRST methodology, specifically related to the specifications and tolerances related to Communication and Implementation, Design, Prepress and Press as detailed in the most current Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST) document. Begin your journey today Scan to get the whole story Mark Cisternino President Flexographic Technical Association