Solution provider extends service offering to Flexographic Printers

London (England), January 27th, 2016 – Graphic Republik has become the first UK based supplier to achieve the Flexographic Technical Associations’ (FTA) “FIRST” implementation specialist certification. The training programme which was undertaken in 2015, is aimed at helping printers improve quality and consistency within their production cycle via the implementation of process control.

Steve Donegan, Managing Director of Graphic Republik said “Each year our sector invests large amounts of money in new equipment. Whilst each company has its own unique production workflow, there are many elements that can be standardised and more importantly, measured and controlled. The objective of a First implementation specialist is to work with Flexographic printers, analyse their workflow, identify potentially troublesome issues within the various departments and implement process controls. The technology and tools exist – the aim is to offer the industry a service which can bring both theory and practice together to improve production.

The FTA “FIRST” technique communicates and supports the methodical approach to process control, optimization, fingerprinting, characterization and process improvement. With a firm understanding and application of the FIRST methodology, flexographers can: identify potentially troublesome issues, benchmark press performance, utilize statistical analysis to maintain optimal conditions, perform accurate device calibrations, identify improvement opportunities and preserve stable conditions for repeatable results.



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About Graphic Republik

Graphic Republik, founded in January 2008 and headquartered in London, England, has a distribution network covering Europe and Scandinavia.

Graphic Republik specialises in pre-press, colour conversion and proofing solutions developed specifically for the Packaging sector of the printing industry. The software range is in use across the industry from Design and Prepress houses through to Flexo, Gravure, Offset and Digital printing companies.

About the product range:

Smart Screen is a Flexo and Letterpress screening technology that has been developed to produce visually superior tonal ranges, particularly in highlight areas. It requires minimal changes in Prepress or Print room – either in process or hardware changes. As a consequence, it makes jobs simpler to prepare in Prepress and easier to print in the Press room.

Star Plate is a digital imaging solution designed for direct inkjet to film with the ability to produce high quality halftone screening.The solution has been developed to produce Imagesetter quality positive and negative films. The resultant high density films are perfect for Flexo or LetterPress platemaking or for Silk Screen exposure.

Star Proof accepts Raster data in 1 Bit Tiff or Len file formats at resolutions up to 4,000 dpi, screen rulings up to 223 lpi and support for the latest HD and NX Flexo screening technologies. The resultant data integral proof sets high standards in halftone inkjet proofing.

Used in conjunction with the Epson Stylus Pro range of inkjet printers, Star Proof gives users the ability to produce samples, prototypes and final proofs which are representative of the actual printed article. To fully compliment Epson ClearProof Film™ and Metallic film™, Star Proof also gives full control over white ink density and hue, allowing adjustments to be made simply and quickly. Reverse print and surface print modes are also fully supported.

The MaxPro suite of applications is a powerful software solution designed for Prepress professionals. MaxPro allows users to create automatic, semi automatic or manual traps to linework, contone and transparency areas. It has a bespoke monitor calibration system which faithfully reproduces spot colour rendition on-screen and allows for different dot gain curves to be applied on-the-fly.

With Max Step, users have the ability to interactively create bespoke step and repeat layouts, or use pre-defined die cut guides to automatically generate layouts according to the requirements of the printer or converter. It fully supports industry standard formats such as CFF2 and has the ability to produce final layouts for plate or cylinder.

MaxColor has been developed to automatically reduce separations and/or convert CMYK Separations to spot colours. The resultant print uses less ink, with more vibrant colours and a better quality registration whether printing Gravure, Flexo or UV Offset.



PR Contact – Graphic Republik
Steve Donegan
+44 208 851 3703

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