PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES

DIGITAL

This versatile “direct to print” technology uses computer monitored color calibration for PMS matching and target reproduction. The toner or ink is applied to the Photo Imaging Plate through an electrostatic process.

Digital printing is the number one fastest growing printing technology. Users enjoy the ability to produce short run labels that can show market differentiation through variable content strategies.

 

Benefits

  • Make Ready Minimized
  • Short Runs, Multiple SKU’s
  • Consistent Color
  • Excellent Color-to-Color Registration
  • Control Inventories
  • Variable Print Data
  • True Press Proofs

LITHOGRAPHY

Lithography uses the premise that water and oil don’t mix. On press, the dampeners wet the entire plate, but only the non-image areas will get damp. The ink rollers transfer ink and are accepted in the image areas, but repelled by non-print areas. The image is then copied, or “offset”, from plate to another cylinder called the blanket. The blanket accepts the image and then transfers it to the substrate. Lithography is used primarily for stacked, banded, or cut materials. It offers very high graphic reproduction with great image quality.

 

Benefits

  • Litho uses the premise that water and oil don’t mix.
  • On press, the dampeners wet the entire plate, but only the non-image areas will get damp
  • The ink rollers transfer ink and are accepted in the image areas, but repelled by non print areas
  • The image is then copied, or “offset”, from plate to another cylinder called the blanket. The blanket accepts the image and then transfers it to the substrate (Slide)

FLEXOGRAPHY

Flexography, also known as “flexo,” is a printing process which employs the use of pliable relief or raised image plates. As opposed to the rotogravure printing process (known today as “gravure”) which utilizes etched metal cylinders, flexo label printing utilizes rubber or polymer plastic plates; thus flexo plates are both more flexible and less expensive to produce than gravure’s rigid metal tubes.

Flexo can be used to print on nearly any substrate whether its paper products, metallic or holographic films and foils, or plastic of all types. Companies often use Flexo to print large areas with solid colors. Another reason flexo is so widely used is that it adapts well to both irregular repeat lengths and to a comprehensive array of inks.

 

Benefits

  • Combination Printing
  • Multiple Substrates
  • Versatility
  • In-Line Converting

ROTOGRAVURE

This printing process uses engraved cylinders or sleeves mounted on a base that carry ink in tiny cells directly onto the substrate. This use of engraved cylinder printing achieves the ultimate in speed and repeatability with long tooling life. Useful in flagship lines that run without significant graphic changes.

 

Benefits

  • Most Economical for Long Runs
  • Halftone Reproduction
  • Vignettes
  • High Opacity
  • Specialty Inks