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FLEXO Magazine : April 2013
At this point, we decided to bring in a consultant. We needed a clearer path toward certification and we definitely needed help getting there. Working with the consultant was great, he provided necessary guidance and direction. Many of the required documents were more easily understood and written with the consultant’s help. Furthermore, the consultant knows the SQF requirements and knows what the auditor is looking for. When a printer/convertor is going for SQF certification the two modules that are relevant and required are 2 and 13. Module 2 is called “SQF System Elements” and is pretty generic; the types of things you are expecting to see when you start this journey. The difficulty lies in getting the code, which is written for a food handler to fit your organization. Module 13 is called “Food Safety Fundamentals—Good Manufacturing Practices for Production of Food Packaging.” This one is a little easier to relate to what printers do, but there is definitely some interpretation on what the code is ask- ing for. If I could make one suggestion to you, at this point, it would be to get really comfortable and familiar with the code. If you are able to match your documents (paragraphs and even sentences) to exact numbers in the code it will make your life a lot easier when it comes time for the audit. A consultant’s point of view and guidance was extremely helpful during our SQF journey. I don’t think it is impossible to do it without their guidance however SQF certification is a www.flexography.org april 2013 FLEXO 19 Water is the only drink permitted on the production floor and it must be in a clear plastic bottle with a lid to comply with SQF criteria. Can your ITR Sleeve tell you where it’s been? Carey Color“Smart Sleeves” can! A Carey Color RFID encoded elastomer sleeve can tell you its history, from when, where, and who made it to how many times its been on press. But it doesn’t stop there. You can read the dimensions of Smart Sleeves instantly: length, inside and outside diameter, wall thickness, repeat, relief depth... What else do you want to know? How long has it been on the shelf? How many impressions has it made? With Smart Sleeves, you can know the answers to your questions now -- at your desk or on the pressroom floor. What else makes them “Smart Sleeves”? • Below surface engraving technology that controls press gain. • Capable of variable wall thicknesses with one BCD, which gives you the opportunity to grind and re-image existing sleeves from inventory for new jobs. • Specific elastomer compounds customized for your printing/ink type – it’s not one size fits all! • Sleeve sizes of up to 60” x 118”. www.careyweb.com For more information about: Kodak Flexcel Direct and Carey Color Smart Sleeves Call Carey Color Inc. at 800-555 -3142. Or visit us at www.careyweb.com InfoFlex 2013 • Booth #206 What else makes them “Smart Sleeves”? • Below surface engraving technology that controls press gain. • Capable of variable wall thicknesses with one BCD, which gives you the opportunity to grind and re-image existing sleeves from inventory for new jobs. • Specific elastomer compounds customized for your printing/ink type – it’s not one size fits all! • Sleeve sizes of up to 60” x 118”. InfoFlex 2013 Booth #206