Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- August 13, 2004
Leading Flexography Vendors Update Cal Poly Press With
Gifts Valued at $75,000
Cal Poly's Graphic Communication Department recently upgraded its technical
capabilities in flexography press education with gifts of equipment valued at
more than $75,000 from several industry partners.
The Graphic Communication Department, which offers flexography education in
regular academic courses and professional industry workshops, has expanded its
flexographic press laboratory by adding two additional print stations to its Mark
Andy Inc. press, making it an eight-unit press. In addition to the two stations,
Mark Andy Inc. also provided a lamination/cold foil unit.
UVTechnology Inc., a subsidiary of Mark Andy, provided a single-lamp UV curing
system and I.Kela Co. added a rotary hot-foil system to the press. SIMCO Industrial
Static Control also provided an Ion-O-Vac Mark I double-sided web cleaner to
improve print quality.
Malcolm Keif, professor of flexography education, said, "The extra units and added
systems will allow the Cal Poly press to produce graphic-rich images combined with
value-added processes common in the wine-, beverage- and beauty-label industries.
This important industry support will allow us to better explore expanded gamut
printing methods and enhance the overall contemporary education offered by Cal
Poly in flexography."
Harvey Levenson, head of Cal Poly's Graphic Communication Department, said, "This
expansion of our flexographic technology capabilities is crucial in ensuring that
the education we provide is up-to-date and reflects the technology of some of the
leading suppliers in the field. The improved press will also help our growing
involvement in providing industry seminars and workshops through Cal Poly's Graphic
The Graphic Communication Institute is the Graphic Communication Department's
branch that offers services to industry, including research, testing, product
evaluations, consulting, seminars, workshops and conferences.
With over 33,000 square feet of modern laboratories, Cal Poly's Graphic Communication
Department is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. All of the
major traditional and digital printing processes are taught through four
concentrations: printing and imaging management, electronic publishing and imaging,
design reproduction technology, and individualized study in graphic communication.
The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic communication and
is accredited through the Accreditation Council of Collegiate Graphic
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