by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
FLEXO Magazine : December 2013
“A FIRST Company Certification carries credibility. CPCs are looking for print partners that can prove their process time and again. This is your new competitive advantage.” —Joe Tuccitto, FTA Education Director Can You Prove it? Then Certify It! Control, Consistency, Quality Enhanced Through Training By Sharon Cox Exceptional print quality. Better color management. Greater process control. Improved efficiency and speed in packaging production. Lowered costs. First time press approvals. These aren’t just common buzz phras- es, these power packed statements represent the backbone of Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) FIRST Company Certification program. Those who have achieved the elite designation can attest that processes are streamlined; employees are learning how to do their jobs better, quicker and more eco friendly than ever before; consistency is established and the same high level of quality is achieved on the same job, printrun after printrun. Turnaround times are faster. Staff are more techni- cally sound. They understand the need to follow the process- es. What’s more, customers have faith in the workflow ’s ability to reproduce sophisticated designs. As a result, additional business is won and repeat orders are fulfilled. FIRST COMPANY CERTIFICATION Simply put, a FIRST Company Certification represents the pinnacle of achievement that a flexographic printing firm can attain. Why? One word: Proof. A FIRST Company Certification serves as evidence that the company is producing consistent, high quality and repeatable print results. It means that the plant is regularly in compliance with the methodology es- poused in Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST) and is adhering to the specifications out- lined within. Why is this so important? Because when followed, FIRST provides the tools by which to improve quality, reduce cycle times, minimize rework and waste, and facilitate produc- ing a predictable, consistent result, printrun after printrun. CLEAR UP CONFUSION So, you and some of your staff are FIRST Press Operator certified. You’ve taken the online Levels I, II and III coursework FIRST COMPANY CERTIFICATION • Proves process is operating at peak performance • Promotes consistent, color accurate results • Optimizes workflow, improves overall performance • Widens market opportunities • Demonstrates commitment to high quality results • Improves staff responsibility, commitment and communication Best Label Inc. (FIRST Company Certified) “proves” it with a pressroom organized to optimize workflow and speed print jobs through the plant. 8 FLEXO DECEMBER 2013 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY