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FLEXO Magazine : April 2013
To be honest, my position is kind of a catch-all. When someone is not sure what to do with a customer request, it gets tossed my way. My charge be- comes: “Figure out what needs to be done and how to satisfy the demand. ” If a client wants: Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction (REACH) of Chemical Substances guidelines? Not to worry, I will figure it out. The same applies to conforming to food manu- facturing standards to make sure our product complies. Unfortunately, “No” was not an ac- ceptable answer when it came down to SQF certification. One of our top 10 cli- ents was holding our feet to the flames and stating that it could not guarantee continued business with us, unless we became SQF certified. And so, the deci- sionwasmadeforustogoforit-and not just go for it, go all the way - Level 3. STARTING POINT That left us all not really knowing what “ going for it” meant. What is SQF? We threw ourselves into researching as much as we could about what this stan- dard was and what it meant for us. There was no clear path for a printer. It seemed that the push for direct food contact packaging to conform with this standard was relatively new. There wasn’t any- where we could go and get step-by-step directions on how to get there. There were very few people we could even call to get an idea of what they did to get there. It was very overwhelming. PSG AT A GlANce Prairie State Group (PSG) is a custom printer and laminator of flexible packaging and pressure sensi- tive labels. • The flexible packaging division, Prairie State Impressions LLC, spe- cializes in mid-narrow web flexible packaging applica- tions that range from surface printed product to high bar- rier laminated materials. • PSG’s pressure sensitive labeling division, Prairie State Graphics, Inc. , allows the flexibility of running very small test market applications to tens of millions of labels. Both divisions serve numerous markets including food/beverage, household products, paint, person- al care, and private label applica- tions. The Franklin Park, IL, plant is a completely self-contained opera- tion that includes state-of-the-art design capabilities, prepress functions, digital platemaking, and printing. Modern equipment gives it the luxury of handling all aspects of a job in house facilitating quality production, cost competitive posi- tioning and on-time delivery. www.flexography.org april 2013 FLEXO 17