Flexographic printers/converters in the Milwaukee, WI, USA, region learned about some of the new additions and modifications to the Flexographic Technical Association's (FTA) premier technical manual, FIRST 4.0 (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances).
FTA Hall of Famer Jean Jackson of Allison Systems, who chairs FTA's Technical Advancement Council, and FTA Technical Director Bill Pope opened the July 9 stop on the Harper GraphicSolutions Tour at the Clarion Hotel Airport with an insider's look at the content.
"In flexo, we print more than just graphics," said Jackson, who stated that FIRST 4.0 has been updated with the knowledge that there is increasing use of the flexo printing process for printed electronics and other applications. "The design section went through a major rewrite," she added, "and the prepress section has been greatly expanded."
Jackson noted that starting with version 4.0, FIRST will no longer just be a North American document. The FTA has been cooperating with many of its international sister associations in bringing the process control manual to its members.
"If you put these practices in place, it should be easier to get up to color and print consistently," said Pope. He mentioned that the traditional FIRST control target has been revised and will come in different configurations for a variety of applications. In addition, he stated, the...