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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It also educates them on specific type and design elements, digital photography parameters, document structure and format, specific file formats and specifivations usages, as well as preflighting tips for the final design prior to release to the speciffications.

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.

This section teaches designers the basics of getting started and recognizing the attributes of flexographic printing.

First: Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances – Google Books

To grow the lfexographic flexographic printing industry through increased market share of an expanding market. FIRST is why the flexo industry is growing globally, as the best printing process known to man! 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.

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


Doing so will save you time and money, and will enhance your credibility. 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. To enable CPCs to obtain optimal flexographic print qualitywhich equals or flexoyraphic offset fjrst and gravure printing. 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.

To control production costs through streamlined raw materials and process improvement methodology. 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 prepress section also covers process color calibration techniques, file output parameters, color proofs and general printing plate specifications. The printer is responsible flexogrsphic reproducing a design accurately and consistently, both throughout the pressrun and between pressruns.

To improve quality and consistency through improved communication and measurement procedures. 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 tolerancee production process.

Reprodution comments, opinions and input are essential to maintaining FIRST as the ultimate flexographic resource. On that panel were a number of individuals heavily involved in its inception and evolution over the last two decades: To reduce cycle time and minimize rework through improved process control methodology.


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)

The prepress section provides graphic artists with the tools necessary to perform their daily job functions at their absolute best. The Ultimate Guide to Flexographic Quality. FIRST is a document created by the flexographic industry, for the flexographic industry.

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

Throughout this section, prepress experts will find data, tutorials and common practices that will help enhance their daily workflows. Its intention is to tolerrances 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 process and specifications supported intend: When followed, these specifications facilitate producing a predictable, consistent result.

Fill out this form to join. It provides communication tools and best practices to align an entire supply chain with customers expectations.