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 printer is responsible for reproducing a design accurately and consistently, both throughout the pressrun and between pressruns. To enable CPCs to obtain optimal flexographic print qualitywhich equals or exceeds offset lithography and gravure printing. The prepress section also covers process color calibration techniques, file output parameters, color proofs and general printing plate specifications.

The Ultimate Guide to Flexographic Quality. 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 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.

Fill out this form to join. Using agreed upon terminology and a defined workflow, FIRST seeks to minimize miscommunication and promote the manufacture of consistent, conforming flexographic materials.

FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances)

To improve quality and consistency through improved communication and measurement procedures. It provides communication tools and best practices to align an entire supply chain with customers expectations. To outline key flexographic procedures and guidelines to be throughout the process, including during implementation, design, prepress and printing.


This section teaches designers the basics of getting started and recognizing the attributes of flexographic printing. Your comments, opinions and input are essential to maintaining FIRST as the ultimate flexographic resource.

First: Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances – Google Books

To grow the overall flexographic printing industry through increased market share of an expanding market. 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. The process and specifications supported intend: Doing so will save you time and money, and will enhance your credibility.

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.

Visit the FIRST Comments page to suggest something for a future edition of the document, make a comment on girst existing portion of the latest edition and to have your voice heard.

FIRST is a document created by the flexographic industry, for the flexographic industry. On that panel were a number of individuals heavily involved in its inception and evolution over the last two decades: It also educates them on specific type reproductiln design elements, digital photography parameters, document structure and format, specific file formats and their usages, as well flexoggaphic preflighting tips for the final design prior to release to the printer.


They will learn more about internal and external communication practices, while focusing heavily on FIRST Methodology—optimization, fingerprinting, process control, characterization and process improvement. When followed, these specifications facilitate producing a predictable, consistent result.

FIRST is why the flexo industry is growing globally, as the best printing process known to man! The prepress section provides graphic artists with the tools necessary to perform their daily job functions at their absolute best.

Throughout this section, prepress experts will find data, tutorials and common practices that will help enhance their daily workflows. 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. 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.

To reduce cycle time and minimize rework through improved process control methodology. It was their insistence that we develop flexographjc and processes that enabled that to happen, the first and each and every time.

To control production costs through streamlined raw materials and process improvement methodology.