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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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 provides graphic artists with the tools necessary to perform their daily job functions at their absolute best.

First: Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances – Google Books

To reduce cycle tolerancs and minimize rework through improved process control methodology. 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 enable CPCs to obtain optimal flexographic print qualitywhich equals or exceeds offset reprofuction and gravure printing. Fill out this form to join.

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.

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


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 sepcifications component print variables and job-specific print variables, including substrates, inks and other pressroom consumables.

On that panel were a number of individuals heavily involved in its inception and evolution over the last two decades: It was their insistence that we develop procedures and processes that enabled that to happen, the first and each and every time.

The process and specifications supported intend: Visit the FIRST Comments page to suggest something for a future edition of the document, make a comment on an speciflcations portion of the latest edition and to have your voice heard. They will learn more about internal and external communication practices, while focusing heavily on FIRST Methodology—optimization, fingerprinting, process control, characterization and process improvement.

FIRST is a document created by the flexographic industry, for the flexographic industry. The Ultimate Guide to Flexographic Quality.

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.

When followed, these specifications facilitate producing a predictable, consistent result. 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)

To grow the overall flexographic printing industry through increased market share of an expanding market. Your comments, opinions and input are essential to maintaining FIRST as the ultimate flexographic resource.


It provides communication tools and best practices to align an entire supply chain with customers expectations.

To improve quality and consistency through improved communication and measurement procedures. The prepress section also covers process color calibration techniques, file output parameters, color tollerances and general printing plate specifications.

This section teaches designers the basics of getting started and recognizing the attributes of flexographic printing. The printer is responsible for reproducing a design accurately and consistently, both throughout the pressrun and between pressruns. Reprodcution 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.

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. Doing so will save you time and money, and will enhance your credibility.

To control production costs through streamlined raw materials and process improvement methodology. FIRST is why the flexo industry is growing globally, as the best printing process known to man!