Flexographic Technical Association launching FIRST 6.0 publication at its Fall Conference 2017

The U.S.-based Flexographic Technical Association (FTA, Bohemia, NY) has announced that the official launch of its latest publication, FIRST 6.0 (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances) will take place during its Fall Conference 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri, October 9-11. The event’s theme, The Gateway to Technology, is a reflection of its three days of presentations, that examine perennial flexography concerns – such as innovation, consistency, quality, and customer confidence. Its presentations also collectively serve to bring attendees up to speed on the latest industry advancements, walk them through practical applications of breakthrough technologies, and send them home better equipped to meet brand owners’ demands. Initially released in November of 1997, this latest edition of FIRST 6.0 will be commemorating the 20-year anniversary since its inception. FIRST 6.0 will update the most current, state-of-the-art industry practices utilized for the finest results in printing quality and consistency. The Association’s publication is a globally hailed workbook representing a specific methodology for control, optimization, fingerprinting, characterization and process improvements for flexographic printers.

“When first introduced to the flexographic printing process, it was described to me as a crude rubber stamp process, only suited to print bread, ice, and grocery bags. Shortly after my involvement in prepress, I saw the process much differently,” said Jeff Randazzo, FIRST Founder and Past Chair. “What I saw was the potential to refine the process, allowing it to compete with a quality that rivals offset and gravure printing, at a lower cost. The rest was straightforward. Just ask consumer product companies – FIRST moved the process to a new level.”

The special 20-year anniversary edition of FIRST 6.0 will only be available for purchase at FTA’s Fall Conference 2017. Those who are unable to attend can get their copy online at www.flexography.org/shop beginning Oct. 9, 2017. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, with a block of rooms reserved at a discounted rate of $165 (USD) per night. Rooms are going fast said the organization, so please visit FTA’s website (www.flexography.org) for more information on how to save on registration, session details, how to exhibit, and much more.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.