Minneapolis— Congratulations to the latest graduating class of Flexographic Tech’s Press Operator course: David Bey, Adam Byam, David Forbes, and Edward Lashley. When the now-graduates began the course almost 12 weeks ago, they were completely new to flexographic printing. After completing the rigorous mix of 80% hands-on and 20% classroom training, all four graduates are now able to successfully operate flexographic presses. Part of the students’ final was to run a tight register, seven-color job with a die cut. In order to receive maximum points, they were required to set up the job in under 850 feet. Time played a pivotal role in the grading process, as the students had to perform both setup and clean up in less than 3.5 hours. In addition, the students completed an intense 150 question written final and achieved their FTA Level One Certification.

Left to right: David Forbes (Infiana), Ed Lashley (Infiana), Shawn Oetjen (Flexographic Tech Instructor), David Bey (Infiana), Adam Byam (AWT Labels & Packaging)

Left to right: David Forbes (Infiana), Ed Lashley (Infiana), Shawn Oetjen (Flexographic Tech Instructor), David Bey (Infiana), Adam Byam (AWT Labels & Packaging)

To attend the almost three-month course, Bey, Forbes and Lashley traveled to Minneapolis, MN from Malvern, Philadelphia, where they are employed as extruder and slitter operators at Infiana. Adam Byam worked in receiving at AWT Labels & Packaging in Minneapolis, MN. All four students look forward to their new roles as press operators.

Through a variety of classroom and hands-on work experience, the students increased their knowledge and efficiency in advanced press operations and components. The course ran from April 4th through June 9th and concluded with a celebratory presentation of program graduation certificates.

See what the latest graduating class had to say about their experience at Flexo Tech:

David Bey

David Bey:

Traveling from Philadelphia to the Midwest, I did not know what to expect from Flexo Tech and the exciting world of flexography. I've learned about Anilox rolls and their importance to the Flexo industry. After my time spent training at Flexo Tech, walking into a supermarket is a totally new experience knowing that 90% of the product printed was done through flexography.

David F

David Forbes:

I have been in manufacturing and extrusion for 10 years and thought I know it all. There were some similarities in terminology and web handling and tensions, but I quickly identified that I had lots to learn. I had no idea what an anilox roll was or even registration. This class was intense and covered a lot of content in a short period of time. I feel good about what I leaned and amazed at what I can run on a press. I am looking forward to my future as a Flexo press operator.

Adam B

Adam Byam:

After graduating from Flexo Tech, I have a new appreciation for labels found on consumer products at grocery and big box stores! Flexo Tech is a great school that deepened my understanding of the flexographic world. It was an excellent hands-on learning experience. Shawn, with his passion, was excellent instructor and makes going forward in this industry exciting!

Ed

Ed Lashley: 

The Flexo Tech Class was intense and I learned a lot. I never thought there was this much to know about printing.

 About Flexographic Tech: Flexographic Tech is a Minnesota Non-Profit 501 C (3) Corporation dedicated to providing flexographic press operators and others in the flexographic industry hands-on training that ranges from a 2-day color theory course to a 12-week ‘deep dive’ flexographic press operation course. Flexo Tech is led by a nationally recognized instructor with over five years of teaching experience at Dunwoody Technical College. Flexo Tech’s mission is to provide the Midwest with a local source of training, filling the gap in the print industry’s need for qualified press operators. Flexographic Tech was founded and continues to be supported by AWT Labels & Packaging and Computype. Thank you to all Flexo Tech sponsors who have donated materials and financial support.