All Printing Resources / SpotOn! Press Collaboration Takes FTA’s 2014 Technical Innovation Award

SpotOn!-ArtBALTIMORE, MD – April 27, 2014 – SpotOn! Flexo, the joint venture between All Printing Resources (APR) and SpotOn! Press, was announced tonight as a winner of FTA’s 2014 Technical Innovation Award in the prepress pressroom category.

“On behalf of APR, we are honored to be recognized with the prestigious FTA Technical Innovation Award for our SpotOn! Flexo software,” said David Nieman, president and CEO of APR.

“Our vision of creating an effective, accurate and dependable tool for flexo press operators to consistently control ink densities would not have been possible without the support and involvement of APR,” added SpotOn!’s Bruce Bayne, founder and SpotOn! Flexo architect. “SpotOn! Flexo is color made easy.”

SpotOn! Flexo is a color analysis software tool that uses a Predictive Analysis algorithm to determine the best ink density to achieve optimum color reproduction. Predictive Analysis is an adaptation of the Beer-Lambert Law, which is a relationship of ink film thickness and substrate white point, as related to L*c*h°.

Richard Black, APR’s director of digital solutions, says the software “compares the spectral data of a color measured on a press pull to the spectral data of the reference color,” with the aid of a spectrophotometer. Spectral data then provides optimal ink density information, which allows an operator to make an accurate match.

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About FTA: 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 1,650 member sites that represent more than 1,400 companies and 60,000 individuals. Foundation of FTA, founded in 1974, is the educational arm of FTA and is dedicated to supporting and advancing the flexographic printing industry.

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