FTA Introduces New Booklet Series Titled “FLEXOGRAPHY 101”

First three titles released in 12-booklet series

Bohemia, NY - Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), the world’s leading professional society dedicated to promoting and advancing the flexographic print process has launched a new booklet series titled “FLEXOGRAPHY 101.” The first three booklets of a planned series of 12 are now available. By title, they are:

“You asked and we listened! This series was developed for entry-level positions, people with no prior knowledge of flexography or for those needing a refresher. They contain easy to digest material covering fundamental flexographic concepts.” Said Rose McKernon, FTA/FFTA Project Manager.

An Introduction to Flexography
Ideal for those new to the flexographic industry, this booklet offers a clear definition of what flexography is and how it came to be the process it is today. It reviews the main types of today's flexographic printing presses, breaks down the sections of the press, and gives leaners a brief history of factors influencing flexography today.

Anilox Handing and Care
Improper handling of anilox rollers can cost you time, money, and press downtime. In this booklet, you will learn proper handling, care and cleaning, the different types of anilox, and anilox technology. Cell volume and structure, as well as cell angle is also discussed.

Ink Handling and Maintenance
Nothing defines and distinguishes high quality packaging graphics better than the ink that they are printed with. Proper ink handling and maintenance is critical to the flexographic printing process. This booklet explains such topics as: the history of flexographic ink, the different ink types, drying and curing, and after print testing.

Those interested in learning more about FLEXOGRAPHY 101 can point their browsers here. Rates per booklet are $15 for FTA members and $30 for non-members. The initial three-volume set can be purchased for $40 and $80 respectively.

Editor’s Note:
Additional titles for FTA’s FLEXOGRAPHY 101 are already being planned. Pending releases will address such topics as: Basic Color Theory, Flexographic Plate Making and Flexographic Plate Mounting. The Association is also developing interactive, online courses based on each booklet in the series.


About FTA/FFTA: Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), chartered in 1958, is a professional society dedicated to bringing all members of the flexographic printing community—printers, suppliers, consumer product companies, institutions, prepress houses and others--together by providing opportunities for the free exchange of technical ideas and discussion of mutual concerns. It is a proponent of maintaining and advancing quality standards and includes 1,300 member sites that represent more than 50,000 individuals. Foundation of FTA, founded in 1974, is the educational arm of FTA and is dedicated to supporting and advancing the flexographic printing industry.