What is flexography?
Flexography is a form of printing using flexible photopolymer plates or sleeves with a 3D relief to transfer an image to a given material. A wide variety of inks, including fast drying water-based inks, can be printed onto a wide variety of materials, including plastic, metallic foils, cellophane, and paper. It is designed for printing small or large quantities quickly and is also well suited to printing large areas of solid color. The main applications are within the packaging industry such as labels, flexible plastic and paper packaging, corrugated cardboard, plastic bags and folding carton.
Why use flexographic print?
Flexography is the most popular process used to print packaging and product labels, as it is cost effective when printing small or large quantities and offers superb quality. Fine details and a rich palette of colors are attainable with the precision obtained by using flexographic plates. This attention to detail and quality is particularly important in food packaging, as it is the image on the package which attracts the customer and sells the product.
Flexographic printing produces high quality impressions with images at 133, 150 or 170 line screen onto a wide variety of substrates, and is often used to print images with 6, 7 or more different colors of ink, instead of being limited to the traditional 4 colors used in other types of printing. This enables flexographic prints to achieve a brightness and depth of color with a wider gamut compared to standard CMYK color printing.
Why use flexographic printing for making labels?
Flexographic (flexo) printing is one of the most important label printing methods due to its high print speeds and excellent quality. Compact, all-in-one units for the exposure, processing, drying and finishing of flexo plates are convenient solutions for the small plate sizes used for label making and narrow web, e.g. 660 x 810 mm (26 x 32”). For the label printer, Glunz & Jensen Degraf’s compact units save time and space as all mentioned workflow processes are included in the same unit. To complete the prepress workflow, we furthermore, offer plate mounting equipment for exact and easy plate positioning.