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FLEXO Magazine : August 2013
80 percent of our business comes from damaged or worn rollers, yet our compa- ny has a full technical sup- port team of highly skilled individuals that spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year educating and supporting our custom- ers on care and maintenance of their anilox rolls and sleeves. Harper also offers a free WalkingSeminar at its manufac- turing facilities in Charlotte, NC, and Green Bay, WI. They allow customers an inside-look at all aspects of anilox manu- facturing. Participants have the opportunity to interact with the Graphics Center and Graphic Solutions teams and learn how to increase press speeds, reduce downtime, print consistent- ly, cut waste, trim set-up time and control inventory. If everyone reading this article actively improves his/her training and press maintenance programs, our industry will thrive competitively for many years to come. Everyone should agree that the most valuable asset in our industry is our people. If we do not invest in the education and training of our people, our industry will throw away countless dollars and continue to struggle unnecessarily to compete. If you continue to improve and your competition does not, you will win. Status quo is not a survival or evolutionary tactic. The printing industry needs printers, not just operators, to sur- vive! Invest in your operators and give them the opportunity to become great printers. n About The Author: Gerry O’Hanlon has 25+ years of experience in the printing industry and holds a City & Guilds from the London College of Printing, which equates to a Bachelor’s Degree in Printing Management and Printing Science, accredited by Clem- son University. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, O’Hanlon immigrated to the United States in 1998. O’Hanlon’s expertise has been shaped by his professional history, which includes a four-year apprenticeship with John Horn-Rexam. He has designed numerous team building activities, facili- tated multiple training classes, and led cost-saving Six Sigma initiatives. 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 customers 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 www.flexography.org august 2013 FLEXO 53 scenes from a Harper Corporation Walkingseminar. Photos: Harper Corporation of america.