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Flexographic Printing Defects: The ‘Doughnuts’ You Can’t Eat

Your substrate comes off the press, and you notice screen dots on the print appear slurred and distorted. They look like little, lopsided doughnuts. And while we’d all love to eat them, these doughnuts are an aggravating and potentially costly...

Flexo Printing Defects by Category

 

Your flexo materials and process have served you well for years and produced great prints, but lately it seems that the final prints coming off the press just don't look right anymore. It’s likely you’re encountering a common flexographic...

10 Common Causes of Print Misregistration in Flexographic Printing

We've all had that moment when we're painting, tracing, or gluing something and in our intense concentration, our hand slips, marring our precious work. 

That's what print misregistration is like. To get the best possible print, the alignment of...

Flexographic Printing Materials 101: Choosing the Right Materials for Success

Flexographic printing can give you numerous advantages in your commercial printing operation. The cost-effectiveness, speed, quality of prints, and versatility of flexographic printing can streamline an operation and save investment in materials....

Flexo Printing Defects Diagnostic Chart & Troubleshooting Guide

There’s an equation for printing success. Too much press downtime while troubleshooting defects isn’t a part of it. Wasted time is wasted money.

This diagnostic chart helps you quickly hone in on your flexo printing defects and their likely...

Untangling Regulations: Commercial Printing Industry Standards

Commercial printing is a very complex world that involves a lot of attention to detail. A robust in-house printing system has technical requirements and necessary technology in addition to maintenance schedules, and routine system checks for...

Ensuring Safety & Success with Medical Industry Packaging and Labeling

The argument could be made that there are more requirements for medical industry packaging and labeling than any other industry. You have to meet the FDA's requirements for physical packaging, of course, but you also need to be clear and concise...

Ghosting in Flexo Printing: Exorcise Your Printing Demons

Flexo printing technology is more advanced than ever before. With faster presses, new image carriers, and better inks, flexo printing is perhaps the most efficient printing process out there. 

But, that doesn’t mean printers aren’t still haunted...

What Is Distortion in Flexo Printing? Plate Thickness is One Factor

 

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...

Flexo Printing Defects: ‘Skip Out’ a Matter of Poor Ink Transfer

Is your substrate coming off the press with prints that are either too light or entirely missing in sections? That’s what we in the business call skip out, very common among flexo printing defects.

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