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FLEXO Magazine : Dec 09
and A Flexo Recipe FIRST says, In the printing industry, standards are often looked at with trepida- tion. They are seen as restrictive and inflexible, as well as incompatible with some flexographers' chosen way of doing things. But they don't have to be. In fact, in most cases, they can help avoid or explain challenges in the process. TEST says, FIRST 4.0 is not a book of standards. However, it does make reference to a number of documents published by ISO, CGATS and ANI. If standards are the ingredients to good flexo printing, then FIRST 4.0 would be the recipe. And like a recipe, it can be adjusted for different pallets, provided the end result is the same---a consistent and controlled process. The Keys to Flexographic Excellence What is FIRST The intention of FIRST is to provide all participants in the flexographic reproduction process with a common set of guidelines, tutorials and data that can be used as com- munication and production tools. The aim of FIRST is to create a common set of specifica- tions 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 identified 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.flexography.org.
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