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Flexo Bootcamp 101

Flexo Bootcamp, the popular 2-day workshop offered by the Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly, is scheduled for June 18-19, 2013. Flexo Bootcamp is a quick way to jumpstart your productivity, improve your skill level and reduce your learning curve, in only two days! This fast-paced workshop is designed to provide the essentials necessary to be productive in the flexographic industry. It is geared for those new to the industry or looking for a well-rounded introduction to flexo printing to fill in some gaps.

Over a two-day period, participants will learn both theory and practice of modern file preparation, workflows, plate production and printing using a narrow-web flexographic press. Participants will build an Illustrator file, use Esko's AE12 to produce carbon mask digital plates, and then print on a Mark Andy 2200 press. We will use the Cal Poly Learn by Doing model of education.

The workshop hours are designed so that most participants can arrive on Tuesday and return home on Wednesday — minimal time away from the office, maximum time learning flexo. Come prepared to hit the ground running!

Workshop Dates:

June 18–19 2013

The program fee for this two-day workshop is $495 (includes dinner, lunch, and refreshments)

Registration services provided by Cal Poly Continuing Education; follow this link to register on-line using Cal Poly's secure website or register by phone at (805) 756-2053.

Workshop Instructor

Malcolm Keif

Malcolm Keif

Malcolm G. Keif is a professor in the Graphic Communication Department at Cal Poly. His subjects of expertise include flexographic workflows and press operation, lean management, quality management, and printed electronics.

In addition to working for high-quality printing companies, Dr. Keif has been involved in the printing/converting industry for more than 25 years; he has instructed classes in various aspects of color print reproduction, regularly chairs the emerging trends session at the FTA Forum, and provides on-site training and consulting for various organizations.

In 2004, Dr. Keif was recognized as the Print and Graphic Scholarship Foundation's Educator of the Year. He is the author of four books including Lean Printing and Setup Reduction for Printers.

Workshop Outline

Subject to Change

Day One

Time Event
12:00 pm Welcome and Introductions
12:15 pm Flexo Printing Fundamentals and Print Markets
1:30 pm Flexo Digital Workflow — Art and Prepress
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Digital Workflow Lab
5:00 pm Film, Masks and Plates
6:00 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Plate and Mounting Lab
8:30 pm Depart for Hotel

Day Two

Time Event
7:30 am Color Reproduction
9:00 am Who's on FIRST?
9:45 am Break
10:00 am Flexo Press Fundamentals
11:00 am Ink Metering and Control
11:45 am Lunch
12:15 pm Flexo Press Operation Lab
2:00 pm Wrap-up and Evaluations

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