Printing Industry Survival Guide: Lifestyle


How the change of consumer lifestyle can affect the printing industry and how you should react to it, discussing the topic from 3 points of view, including shorter consumer attention span, increased consumer price consciousness and the greater consumer voice.

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Printing Industry Survival Guide: Demographics


Be where the demand is! PCI Films Consulting has identified 13 emerging flexible packaging markets that have grown by almost 70% since 2006 and now account for 20% of total world demand. These markets are Poland, Russia, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Nigeria and South Africa.

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Flexographic Plate – Photopolymer or Elastomer?


At KYMC we have observed the integration of the elastomer plate and photopolymer plate usage. Taking advantage of each strength. The more durable and seamless attributes of the elastomer plate are used for printing repeated background designs. The fragmented designs and designs that require much versions are printed using photopolymer plates.

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Print Defect: Ghosting troubleshooting 101


Ghosting describes the faint image produced and is most noticeably on in large solid areas. Ghosting is most commonly caused by the failure of the anilox to consistently supply sufficient ink throughout the printing process. Therefore, looking into your anilox is always a good way to start.

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Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!


Any man-made synthetic material contains long homogeneous molecule chains that form a strong and uniform product. These chains join other long chains, leaving only a few open chain ends, and therefore only a small number of surface bonding points, and this is where the problem of low adhesion and what is known as ‘wettability’ occurs. Wettability is the ratio between the surface energies of the liquid ink and the solid substrate. In general, a material can be wetted if its surface energy, measured in dyne/cm, is greater than the surface energy of the liquid. If it’s the other way around, there will be adhesion problems.

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New Breakthroughs in Electron Beam Ink Technology for Flexible Packaging


Toyo Ink research labs in Japan solved the technical challenge of non-evaporative wet trapping in flexo with the development of an EB-curable ink system for CI flexo printing: The Elex-one™ FL series. Since other contemporary, conventional EB flexo inks contain a small percentage of volatiles (solvents and water), a small trace of such ink components may evaporate during printing. This necessitates the continuous addition of lost components to retain print quality and often leads to discrepancies in ink stability and quality during printing. Elex-one is a completely non-volatile ink so there is no concern for the evaporation of volatile materials...

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