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FLEXO Magazine : April 2013
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 Wednesday, May 1 21 8:30am - 10:30am FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances) Rely on FIRST training! The establishment of FIRST has been one of the most influential programs to advance the quality levels of the flexographic industry. FIRST is the most frequently referred to technical resource in the industry and its training programs have been a tremendous resource for both managers and operators in which to perfect their skills and gain control of processes. FIRST certification programs are designed for the press operator, prepress operator, and the implementation specialist. It also offers a company-wide certification program. Becoming FIRST certified is a valuable accomplishment in that, not only does this increase the knowledge base within an organization, it also increases the notoriety of your company to CPCs as being one that is on top of the latest technologies and that employs highly qualified operators within the organization. This session provides an outline of the FIRST certification programs and the process FTA provides in promoting the accomplishment of becoming FIRST certified. Representatives who have successfully achieved a FIRST certification will describe their experiences and how they have influenced their organizations in a very positive way. Additionally, CPCs will provide their perception of FIRST programs and how being FIRST certified influences them in choosing their suppliers. Session Chairs: Rich Emmerling, Flint Group and Mark Mazur, DuPont Packaging Graphics Value of the FIRST Certification Program from a Package Buying Perspective Jay Sperry, HAVI Global Solutions Explaining the FIRST Certification Program Rose McKernon, Flexographic Technical Association; Robb Frimming, Schawk Value of the FIRST Certification Program from a Consumer Products Company Perspective Al Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corporation Value of the FIRST Certification Program from a Printer’s Perspective John Crammer, Best Label Company, Inc. Value of the FIRST Certification Program from a Printer’s Perspective Jennye Scott, Berry Plastics Corporation 10:30am - 12:00pm FIRST Roundtable (Working Meeting - Open to All) After three days of non-stop flexo fun you might want to go home, but if you can stay just a little longer, this is your opportunity to better understand FIRST in the flexo world. The FIRST Leadership Team and FIRST adopters will be available for open discussions on what FIRST does for their business as a consumer product company, a printer, and supplier. If increased productivity, consistent print results, and repeatability are some of your business objectives, this is your opportunity to ask the questions and discuss your needs with the experts. The FIRST Leadership team is also interested in the discussion as we continue to update and revise FIRST 4.0 to keep it relevant and current.