All posts by Catherine Green

The flexographic printing process is inherently tough on small type. Press settings, anilox selection, artwork, and mounting tape all play a role in how small type is reproduced on the substrate. Accurate and legible printing of small type is especially critical for applications such as pharmaceuticals and food packaging. In this blog post, we'll take a look […] Read More...
Plates are an essential part of the flexographic printing process. The plate delivers a precise amount of ink to the substrate exactly where it is needed. Such a critical piece of the printing process must be measured and controlled to deliver consistent results. Selecting the correct plate measurement tool and implementing plate QC is essential to success in the pressroom. […] Read More...
It's easy to overlook a small plate problem when it isn't causing a glaring issue later in the printing process. Catching these small signs early can save a lot of headaches down the road... Floor thickness is set by the washout, not the back exposure time. While the plate relief may be correct, the back exposure […] Read More...
Making plates isn't necessarily rocket science, but it is, indeed, a science! It is beneficial to track and quantify platemaking conditions so that changes in the equipment or finished plates are found before they cause costly problems on press. Measuring the UVA light output of your plate exposure unit is a great place to start. Most plate […] Read More...
It's that time of year again - packaging folks from around the country gathered to geek out over the latest and greatest innovations from Esko! This year's EskoWorld event took place at the Omni ChampionsGate Resort in Orlando, Florida and it did not disappoint. Hardware is just a small portion of what Esko has to offer- […] Read More...
In flexography, print defects can stem from a multitude of moving parts, making troubleshooting feel like a constant game of chase. Much like the human body, with proper care and maintenance, all parts of this highly complex system can work together in harmony. While the anilox roll is the heart of the printing press, the […] Read More...
Platemaking is a science, not an art. While there is a bit of flexibility in specifications for different processes, there are defined parameters that must be followed if high quality plates are to be made consistently. In this article, we’ll discuss six important factors for making high quality plates. 1. Relief Depth Relief depth is […] Read More...
If you've been reading recent trade magazines or attending industry events, there's no doubt that you've heard about UV LED curing. It's one of the most impactful new technologies in flexography. Cost savings, increased productivity, and less waste are all benefits that can be realized with UV LED curing, but is this innovation ready for […] Read More...
Exploring Today’s Plate Imaging Options A common fear among those still using film imagesetters to produce photopolymer plates is that their device is on its last days–barely hanging on to operational status. Replacement parts are few and far between, leaving little choice but to scour the Internet for parts and redundant equipment to keep the […] Read More...