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Anilox Volume Guide (+ FREE Print Out Chart!)

Anilox volume refers to the carrying capacity of an anilox cell, or the amount of ink held in each cell, during Flexographic Printing.

It is one of the many factors that determine the amount of ink that is transferred to the print material and...

Flat Top Dots: What to Talk To Your Image Carrier Manufacturer About

In the flexographic printing world, paying attention to the tiniest of details can make the biggest of differences. One small detail that requires attention is dot profiles ( or shapes).

It seems simple enough to overlook, but the experienced flexo...

Image Carrier Technical Support Services

With flexographic printing being a niche portion of the printing industry, finding technical support when a printing defect arises can be challenging. Should you reach out to the press manufacturer, image carrier service, or maybe even a former...

Mottled Print: Understanding This Common Flexo Printing Defect

Package printing often requires a great deal of solid-color imagery, even in the most intricate of design patterns.

That black backdrop behind a picture of a product? Solid image. That large, single-color logo affixed to the side of a cardboard...

How Flexographic Printing Works | A Step-by-Step Guide to Flexography

Flexographic printing is everywhere and has been for decades. You can see examples of it on candy wrappers, candy bags, snack bags, labels, cereal boxes, plastic shampoo bottles, peel-able double-sided medication labels, in your notebooks, legal...

Gear Marks: The Flexo Printing Defect You Can Hear (Sometimes)

They’re so easy to spot. Gear marks in flexographic printing appear as alternating linear areas of light and dark running perpendicular to the web direction on your press. These nearly always occur in regular intervals across the substrate.

Flexo 101: 4 Approaches to Combat Misregistration in Printing

Even the most sophisticated and advanced print shops sometimes experience defects in their prints. And misregistration in printing can affect even the most skilled press shops.  

What's the Key to Better Ink Surface Tension & Ink Bonding?

 

If you’re in the flexographic printing industry, you know better than anyone that in order to get the perfect print there are hundreds of moving parts to align, test, and measure.

These considerations are only increasing with the development of...

Flexo Printing Defects: How to Clean Up Your Dirty Prints

Clean up your act! OK, so we know dirty print is not all your fault.

Among other common flexo printing defects, dirty print is particularly confounding. It can stem from contamination, ink consistency, plate/sleeve issues, pressroom atmosphere, and...

Flexo Carton Printing: Crucial Considerations

Did you know the same printing method used to print craft beer and wine labels is used to print on the very same cartons those products are shipped in? Welcome to the magic of modern flexo printing!

At a very high level, Flexo printing technology...

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