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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...

How the Pressroom Climate Affects Flexo Inks & Press Efficiency

Atmospheric conditions can be a root cause of issues with ink drying and viscosity in flexographic printing. On a related note, these conditions can also affect the speed at which you can effectively run your press. Pressroom climate (whether...

Feathering: A Pressure-Packed Flexo Printing Defect (with Other Causes)

We don’t like to speak in certainties when it comes to flexo printing defects. Any number of variables can cause any number of defects within your printed image.

Our list of the 12 most common flexo printing defects is compiled with that in...

‘Halo’: Not So Heavenly Among Flexo Printing Defects

We can’t stress enough that flexographic printing is a pressure-sensitive process. If pressure is not applied correctly and uniformly from your print cylinder to the substrate, you’re bound to experience flexo printing defects.

The halo effect...

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

And now for the printing problem we’d all love to eat. Okay, so doughnuts in this case are an aggravating and potentially costly flexo printing defect, as opposed to a delicious confectionery treat.

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: ‘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.

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...

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