FTA Launches New Interactive Online Course: Ink Handling and Maintenance

101_InkMacBOHEMIA, NY – June 24, 2014 –Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) today announces the launch of a new, interactive online course based on its FLEXOGRAPHY 101 booklet series. The course, Ink Handling and Maintenance, provides learners with a complete understanding of the different flexographic ink types and their properties, the proper handling and maintenance, drying and curing systems, as well as the correct clean up techniques. Additionally, the course covers the many after print tests that can be performed to help ensure the quality of the printed product meets customer expectations.

“As the medium that transfers an image from plate to substrate, ink is a critical component to the flexographic printing process,” said Bjorn Knutson, manager of certification and technical services. “This course is perfect for anyone looking to obtain a firm understanding of ink and its proper application for high quality and color accurate print results.”

The 30-40 minute, self-paced course is $80 for FTA members and $160 for non-members and includes a complimentary copy of the FLEXOGRAPHY 101 booklet, Ink Handling & Maintenance.

Seven modules explore the following topics:

  • History of ink
  • Ink systems
  • Ink types and classes
  • Ink characteristics and composition
  • Ink prep
  • Ink transfer
  • Strength/Opacity/Viscosity/pH
  • Curing and drying systems
  • After print testing
  • Clean up and disposal of hazardous materials

Ink Handling and Maintenance is ideal for new hires, entry-level flexographers, sales and marketing personnel, students, educators and those wanting a refresher. At the conclusion there is a 20 question “Check For Understanding” quiz. Once completed, a digital Certificate of Completion is issued by FTA. For complete details and to register point your browser here.

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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.


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