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FLEXO Magazine : June 2009
TEST is a joint effort between the FFTA and complying educational institutions to expand technical skills required by a continually advancing flexographic process, bringing stateof-the-art professional development solutions to the flexographic industry. TEST Technical Tidbit: Each month TEST will feature a technical tidbit from one of our partners. If you have a question you would like to be put to TEST send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org Our question goes to our friends at Fox Valley Technical College Flexographers often utilize more than one ink manufacturer within their inventory. What are the ramifications of cross-linking ink manufacturers’ specifications with competing or different ink systems? Today’s ink systems are so specialized based on performance and end use requirements, the ink itself and the chemistries it’s made up of are totally different from manufacturer to manufacturer. It is extremely important that blending and press side maintenance adhere to the guidelines provided by the ink manufacturer. Most ink manufacturers will not support you if you’re adding foreign chemistries to their systems. In addition once a press is characterized changing inks introduces a huge variable into your workflow, so recharacterization is always required. About our TEST Partner: The FVTC Printing Technologies Center houses leading-edge flexographic printing equipment that provides business and industry with a neutral and confidential location to conduct print trials or product evaluations. Fox Valley Technical College, an FFTA Educational Partner since 1974,
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