How to Accelerate Your Press Set-up and Optimize Print Quality
Complexity management made easy: a practical guide for flexible packaging printers
27 Nov 2019
Requirements are constantly increasing within the flexographic printing industry. Every day printers have to deal with higher demands on print quality, rising costs, and the pressure to produce in a more sustainable way.
In addition to the low degree of standardization in flexo printing processes, printers can choose from a wide range of different process components, such as printing plates, anilox, or plate mounting solutions. Which is a great opportunity if there is enough time for testing and finding the best set-up combination. When time is a critical factor, however, the choice of the perfect component combination can be a headache in busy everyday work.
As a leading producer of plate mounting solutions we have understood this issue and we constantly strive to offer tailored solutions based on a profound analysis of customer demands.
Our latest development in order to support printers’ decision making processes when starting a new print job is our Print Study “Aligning Components for Best Print Quality” in cooperation with Kodak FLEXCEL solutions by Miraclon, derived from a comprehensive print trial at WINDMÖLLER & HÖLSCHER´s technology center in Lengerich/Germany.
The study provides a detailed overview specifying (for different print motifs) the best combination of:
- KODAK FLEXCEL NX plates with different
DigiCap NX patterns
- Compressibility levels of tesa® plate mounting
- Different anilox settings
The advantage for flexible packaging printers lies in the accelerated press set up of new print jobs, and in the reduction of waste material, leading to cost savings and an optimized carbon footprint.
As part of the print study we also demonstrate the impact on print quality when deviating from the recommended process components. Within this comparison we can indicate the impact of each component and provide a tool for troubleshooting of existing print jobs.
Download your free copy of the print study at www.tesa.com/print-study and contact us with any questions or to learn more about our print study results. We will be glad to help you find the right combination of process components to increase process efficiency and to improve print quality.