All posts by Tim Reece

While safety is always at the top of our customer's priority list, often OSHA rules and regulations are not so clear-cut to some of our customer's or at least the individuals working in the production environment. Generally speaking it is APR's focus to provide new innovative ideas and products to make the printers life easier, more … Continue reading Understanding OSHA Regulations Pertaining to Flexo Read More...
Today's Anilox Roll Cleaning Currently, and for the past several years, we have used four primary means of cleaning anilox rolls. We have hand cleaned using stainless steel brushes and primarily caustic chemicals, ultrasonic, media blasting which limits certain line counts on anilox rolls based on the particulate size of the media. Most recently we … Continue reading Using Laser Technology for Anilox Roll Cleaning Read More...
TSG members are often asked by converters what is the most accurate means of measuring anilox volume, or BCM. Measuring anilox volume goes back to methods like URMI which, with the correct training, is a very accurate means of measuring volume. With this liquid volume measurement instrument there is a known amount to ink applied to … Continue reading Sphere Calibration: Most Accurate Measurement of Anilox BCM Read More...
Viscosity and surface tension are two physical characteristics of liquid. Viscosity is simply the measurement of how resistant to flow a liquid is, while surface tension is defined as the resistance a surface to liquid penetration. Viscosity and surface tension are affected by temperature changes. Understanding and controlling ink viscosity remains one of the most significant variables and flexo printing process. … Continue reading How Temperature Affects Ink Viscosity Read More...