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Flexo printing: the oldest printing technique handled with care

Do you wish an image or a varnish- or protective coating for your packaging? Flexo printing can do this.

Flexo printing is the oldest printing technique. It takes its name from the flexible and relatively soft printing plates we are using.

Flexo printing clarified

When manufacturing the printing plates, one starts from a photopolymer plate. This plate comes under UV light and the monomers present will react. The lighted parts will harden, the unexposed parts will be rinsed out afterwards or blown away. The raised portions of the obtained relief will make the print. The result is a relief of which the raised portions make the print.

How do we handle that printing technique? The flat shapes are mounted around the printing cylinder or the printing plates are supplied cylindrically. (sleeve-technology).

This is how a flexo printing press looks like

Our flexo printing press consists of 8 printing groups in which each time a different colour of ink or lacquer is printed on the print carrier. In each printing group the printing plate is fixed on the print carrier. The inking of the printing plate occurs indirectly by a combination of rollers revolving in the ink duct. They then put an even layer of ink on the printing form. The contact of the print carrier with the printing plate is guided by a counter pressure cylinder.

This is a schematic representation of a flexo printing press.

How does the ink dry in flexo printing? By blowing heated air on the printed substrate. The drying rate depends on the composition of the inks and lacquers used.

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