Flexographic Printing Blog

Understanding Common Flexo Printing Defects: Mottled Print

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 to Do a Kiss Impression in Flexo Printing

We’re sorry you’re feeling the pressure in your printing operations.

Flexo printing is a pressure-sensitive process. You may have great ink chemistry/composition combined with the best choices of anilox, image carrier, and substrate. But...

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.

Digital Flexo Printing: What Components Do You Need?

If you're reading this article, you're probably already familiar with flexographic printing, printing that uses cylinders and elastomer sleeves to print on a variety of substrates at high speeds, while achieving high quality products. 

But did...

How Flexographic Printing Works: A Step-by-Step Guide

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...

What Is Distortion in Flexo Printing?

 

If you’ve ever seen a child play with Silly Putty and newspaper, then you’ve seen image distortion at work. When the putty is pressed to the newspaper, the ink and text are transferred. Then, when the child stretches the putty -- or even puts...

Flexography 101: Image Transfer

Usually we focus more on the in-depth technical aspects of flexographic printing, but we realize that some readers are just starting out in this field.

Since many newcomers to the industry don’t completely understand what process transfers an...

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...

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 determines the amount of ink that is transferred to the print material, and...

Want Better Ink Bonding? The Devil’s In The Dynes

 

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 things to align, test, and measure.

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

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