involves flexible plates, mounted onto cylinders, with relief images that leave impressions using various kinds of ink on a wide variety of substrates. Flexo printing, or flexography, became wildly popular in the early nineties when the quality of flexo printing presses, flexo plates and inks improved tremendously. Many professional printers today still prefer this technology for handling large scale printing
. If you’re not flexo printing yet, there are at least five reasons why you should be.
1. Flexo ink takes no time to dry
are particularly quick drying, some of them even require no drying time at all. Water-based
flexo inks work best on paper and cardboard material, while UV curing
or electron beam inks dry exceptionally fast when printed onto cellophane or plastic.
2. You can flexo print on almost any substrate
When you opt for flexo printing, you can pretty much choose any substrate you want. Paper, cardboard, wood, plastic, textile, … even floor tiles
can be printed on using flexo technology.
3. Making flexo plates is easy-peasy
While flexo plate making used to be a predominantly manual process involving many steps, innovative technology such as the CDI Crystal 5080 XPS
frees up operators considerably. Once you’ve made a flexo plate you can use it to make millions of prints
without even the slightest discrepancy between them.
4. Farewell, smudges!
When you’re printing a huge job, adjustments in the middle of the process to correct ink distribution are unavoidable. Unless you’re flexo printing, that is. Thanks to fountain roll systems and doctor blade technology, excess ink is immediately wiped away
before it can get to the substrate, keeping prints smudge-free.
5. Flexo printing continuous patterns? Yes, you can!
Thanks to the rotary movement of the plates
, flexo printing allows you to print continuous patterns without ever having to interrupt the process.
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