Coverage issues? How to Decide if Your Anilox Needs to be Assessed

By Apex International | Nov 28, 2022 10:17:00 AM

To get to the root cause of poor coverage issues, you need to ask a few questions. Here are the three common questions to help ensure there are no problems with your printing. Use this as a guide to determine the best way to fix your coverage issue.

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Innovation and Anilox Rollers for Flexo Printing

By John LoGiudice | Nov 21, 2022 10:37:00 AM

What does innovation have to do with the anilox roller in flexo printing? To answer that question, let’s look at the definition of innovation. “Innovation is the creation, development and implementation of a new product, process or service, with the aim of improving efficiency, effectiveness or competitive advantage”.

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Anilox Rolls: Trends, Optimization, and Proper Selection

By César Gustavo Soto Vallecillos | Nov 14, 2022 10:46:00 AM

Day by day the flexible packaging, labels and corrugated market are constantly changing depending on the supply-demand that exists in the commercial environment.

The anilox roll plays a very important role in the markets, since as we all know, it is the heart of the printing press. The proper selection of the screen and the volume is a crucial factor in obtaining quality and consistency of the final printed product.  However, this is only half of the story. 

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The Glue Set Solution for a Volatile Corrugated Manufacturing Market

By Apex International | Nov 4, 2022 10:26:44 AM

Since 2020, the corrugated manufacturing industry has endured numerous crisis-level events that have resulted in shortages, delays and price increases for raw materials, energy and transportation. The pandemic, along with droughts and storms in the Western hemisphere, have abruptly impacted corn starch supply in the Americas; The war in Ukraine is impacting European industrial starch production; And rising tensions in China and Korea have caused further interruptions in the corrugated supply chain. According to a recent global starch forecast report, the availability and costs of critical starch materials have become extremely volatile and is expected to remain this way for the foreseeable future. Add in the increase in corrugated packaging demand due to eCommerce, sustainable packaging trends and consumer demand, and we are collectively facing the biggest supply chain giant of our generation.

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Apex International & Coveris White Ink Project

By Apex International | Sep 8, 2021 11:00:00 AM

The design and image fidelity of packaging plays a key role in the decisions we all make as consumers, which in turn drives demand. 

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GTT 2.0 Delivers Consistent Flexo Printing

By Apex International | Sep 7, 2021 8:00:00 AM
Apex International has announced the reintroduction of GTT anilox technology.

The product of nearly 10 years development, GTT 2.0 anilox is specifically engineered to mitigate liquid turbulence resulting in a calm liquid surface.

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GTT Anilox Engravings Proven to Reduce Ink Usage and Deliver Higher Opacity & Quality

By Apex International | Sep 6, 2021 3:41:46 PM

A recent comprehensive flexo print trial reveals surprising results about the importance of anilox engravings in achieving target white ink opacity.

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The White Ink Dilemma

By Apex International | Sep 3, 2021 4:35:14 PM
Print quality in flexible packaging is heavily impacted by white ink.

When white ink is not sufficiently opaque or homogenous, the final printed graphics may appear dull or grey. Increasing the printed ink weight by increasing anilox volume can improve opacity; however, there are obvious trade-offs concerning bond strengths for lamination — not to mention ink usage. White ink typically accounts for 30% of a converter’s ink costs. 

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Apex International and Van Dam Machine design new patent-pending “CRX” technology for FDoR® printing on conical shapes

By Nick Harvey | Aug 27, 2021 10:43:02 AM

Van Dam Machine’s new FDoR® technology allows for flexographic printing directly onto rigid packaging

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There may be other ways to solve your drying problems…

By Apex International | Jan 29, 2020 4:00:00 AM

Probably the easiest and fastest way to solve any ink drying problems during print production is to add some drying solvent to the ink. However: it is usually not your ink that is actually causing the problem. It may be worth it to take a different approach and prevent the problem from (re-)occurring. 

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