Discover the new Natural Plate Compensation Curves for flexography

Natural Plate Compensation (NPC) curves are a new and simplified method designed to determine and apply plate compensation curves within any flexographic workflow. This method provides smooth transitions and equidistant tone values directly within the compensation curves by making best use of measurements according to ISO 20654:2017 – Graphic technology – Measurement and calculation of …

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It’s time to change the way we measure dot percentage!

Measurement is the basis of process control. The measurement of dot area coverage or dot percentage is fundamental to define the characteristics of our printing system, to calculate compensations of tonal values for plate making and, finally, to control the production.In 2017, a new method for the calculation of dot area percentage was introduced. ISO …

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What is the best resolution for images in flexo?

What is the best resolution for images to be printed in flexography? Well, it depends first of all on the distance that the printed product will be looked at by the viewer: this will determine the suitable linescreen that the image will have on the printed product. A general guideline for AM screening defines a …

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What’s the best dot shape for flexo?

There are different dot shapes for screening: round, square, euclidean, elliptical, … which one is the best for flexography? (*) When choosing the dot shape for plate screening, it is important to consider the characteristics of the different geometries and their influence on the printed result. When the plate is inked by the anilox roll and …

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Hollow dots, like donuts, perforate ink layers

Ink builds around small print elements like dots and small type creating hollow shapes like donuts. Inked dots perforate ink layers that were printed by previous printing groups. This happened on external print on plastic film, solvent based inks, flat-top plate, sequence YMCK. Combined action of excessive impression with high ink volume and low viscosity …

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