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.Read More >
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”.Read More >
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.Read More >
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.Read More >
A recent comprehensive flexo print trial reveals surprising results about the importance of anilox engravings in achieving target white ink opacity.Read More >
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.Read More >
Van Dam Machine’s new FDoR® technology allows for flexographic printing directly onto rigid packagingRead More >
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.Read More >