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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...

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...

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.

Flexographic Printing Defects: Pinholing Causes and Solutions

You may notice areas of your substrate don’t print fully, sometimes leaving tiny unprinted areas about the size of a pinhole. Quite appropriately, this common flexographic printing defect is called pinholing.

Flexo Printing Defects: 3 Main Causes for Bridging & Filling In

Let’s say you’re printing fine text or an intricate graphic with a high resolution. Your substrate comes off the press, and you notice letters or the areas within the graphics that bleed together for a very low-quality, low-resolution product.

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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...

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...

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