Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) recently revised perennial best seller, Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST) First: Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances. Front Cover . Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, Incorporated, – Color. Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances FIRST seeks to understand customers’ graphic requirements for reproduction and translate.

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To improve quality toleranced consistency through improved communication and measurement procedures. To grow the overall flexographic printing industry through increased market share of an expanding market.

The process and specifications supported intend: It also educates them on specific type and design elements, digital photography parameters, document structure and format, specific file formats and their usages, as well as preflighting tips for the final design prior to release to the printer. To control production costs through streamlined raw materials and process improvement methodology.

If you want to establish baseline targets or procedures for virtually any portion of the flexographic printing process, then you absolutely need to start with FIRST.

Your comments, opinions and input are essential to maintaining FIRST as the ultimate flexographic resource. FIRST is a rproduction created by the flexographic industry, for the flexographic industry. The ability of the printer to measure and control their process directly impacts the quality of the printed piece, the efficiency of the pressrun and the overall time-to-market of the new product.

The prepress section also covers process color calibration techniques, file output parameters, color proofs and general printing plate specifications. FIRST is why the flexo industry is growing globally, as the best printing process known to man! To reduce cycle time and minimize rework through improved process control methodology. Throughout this section, the printer learns more about print evaluation and the measurement tools used to control process color print characteristics, and develops an understanding of press component print variables and job-specific print variables, including substrates, inks and other pressroom consumables.


The prepress section provides graphic artists with the tools necessary to perform their daily job functions at their absolute best. The printer is responsible for reproducing a design accurately and consistently, both throughout the pressrun and between pressruns. Visit the FIRST Comments page to suggest something for a future edition of the document, make a comment on an existing portion of the latest edition and to have your voice heard.

It was their insistence that we develop procedures and processes that enabled that fisrt happen, the first and each and every time. To outline key flexographic procedures and guidelines to be throughout the process, including during implementation, design, prepress and printing.

FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances)

Its intention is to provide all participants in the flexographic reproduction process with a common set of guidelines, tutorials and data that can be used as communication and production tools.

On that panel were a number of individuals heavily involved in its inception and evolution over the last two decades: It provides communication tools and best practices to align an entire supply chain with customers expectations.


Fill out this form to join. The appendix section includes vital contact information for other industry organizations, a completely revamped reference standards and specifications section, a quick-reference section tolerancfs the control and test targets used throughout the book, as well as other useful information.

First: Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances – Google Books

Doing so will save you time and money, and will enhance your credibility. This section teaches designers the basics of getting started and recognizing the attributes of flexographic printing. To enable CPCs to obtain optimal flexographic print qualitywhich equals or exceeds offset lithography and gravure printing.

Using agreed upon terminology and a defined workflow, FIRST seeks to minimize miscommunication and promote the manufacture of consistent, conforming flexographic materials. Throughout this section, prepress experts will find data, tutorials and common practices that will help enhance their daily workflows.

The Ultimate Guide to Flexographic Quality. They will learn more about internal and external communication practices, while focusing heavily on FIRST Methodology—optimization, fingerprinting, process control, characterization and process improvement.

The printer will also determine the best operating parameters for its ink metering system, plate package and press settings, all while learning common testing procedures performed during the production process. When followed, these specifications facilitate producing a predictable, consistent result.

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