To acknowledge that contribution, DFI has designated its production area “The Ron and Katherine Harper Flexo Lab”. DiTrolio says he hopes to attract other major donor-partners, both converters and suppliers, to contribute to the ongoing education of future flexographers, primarily through scholarship programs. A naming dedication and celebration date for the flexo lab will be announced soon.
DFI’s 2,700 square-foot flexographic training facility is located about 20 minutes from downtown Chicago. The lab includes a range of flexographic equipment, including an 830 Mark Andy three-color press, a four-color Webtron, a five-color 13" Propheteer with DMS hot stamping and Prime UV units on four print stations, Anderson & Vreeland platemaking equipment, an Air Trim waste removal system, a BST Promark web inspection system, RotoMetrics dies, Action Rotary dies, a Harper proofing system, and Harper XLT Platinum anilox rolls.
The institute offers a comprehensive 18-week flexography training program as well as a wide range of shorter customized courses to train people for jobs in the flexographic printing field.