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FLEXO Magazine : July 2009
and The Keys to Flexographic Excellence Typography: Know the Print Process Capabilities What happens: FIRST says, Due to the nature of the fl exographic process, text that prints positive will tend to fatten; while text that is reversed out will tend to fi ll-in. Therefore, when selecting fonts, care and attention is critical. TEST says, Because fl exo uses a raised imaged plate in combination with very fl uid ink, press gain must be considered not only in the form of dot gain but also with typography and fi ne reverses. The problem is that when the press operator makes his/her selection of an anilox roll to print these elements, he/she in most cases will need to choose one of a lower line screen with a high cell volume. This will insure that expected color will print accurately. For more information, see Section 4.1 (page 26) of FIRST 4.0. What is FIRST The intention of FIRST is to provide all participants in the fl exographic reproduction process with a common set of guidelines, tutorials and data that can be used as communication and production tools. The aim of FIRST is to create a common set of specifi cations and communication protocols for the industry. This platform should establish common communication and identify the responsibility of the provider(s). To order FIRST, call 631-737-6020 or visit www.ftastore.com. What is TEST TEST is the educational arm of the Flexographic Technical Association. The aim of TEST is to align all of the training materials available through the FTA with the guidelines, tutorials and data identifi ed in FIRST. TEST is focused on implementing new learning methodologies to reach out to a larger portion of the FTA membership. For more information on TEST, visit www.fl exography.org.
Sustainable Spring 2009