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What is flexo printing & How does it work? | Ultimate Guide
November 26, 2023 | KYMC Marketing

Flexo printing or flexographic printing is a printing process that can be applied to many substrates, including porous materials (paperboards, corrugated boards, paper) and non-porous materials (plastic films). The process can also accommodate various ink types (water-based ink, solvent-based ink, UV inks and EB-curable inks). It is one of the most common printing methods for flexible packaging, corrugated board printing, paper cup printing, paper bag and plastic bag printing, and sanitary product(diaper/pads) printing.

What is sustainability in business?
September 28, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
Sustainability in business refers to a company’s strategy and effort to reduce negative environmental impact from its business operation. An organization’s effort into sustainability is often measured by the ESG metric or environment, social and governance. According to Gartner the rising importance of ESG is driven by a wide range of stakeholders, from investors through to communities, NGOs and employees. Therefore, CEO and senior business executives are highlighting the importance of ESG, which is rising quickly in their priority. However, developing an ESG strategy is a big step for many organizations. Many organizations fail to bridge its strategy with its execution. At KYMC we work with our customers to achieve their ESG goals, here is what we recommend you to start with:
Wax Coating for Packaging Applications
September 24, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
Wax coating is applied to paper to enhance the functionality during packaging. Wax will make the paper more durable and moisture resistance. Wax will keep the paper together when it comes into contact with moistures like grease or water. That’s how you are able to enjoy your greasy hamburger without getting grease onto your hand and unwrap your candy without it sticking to its packaging. Wax coating is all around us.
From an environmental perspective: Paper Packaging V.S Plastic Packaging
September 14, 2023 | KYMC Marketing

The route to a more eco friendly packaging is to switch from plastic materials over to paper materials. Is this really the case? Paper is a more recyclable material on its own. However, it is another story when paper is coated with plastic. If the recycling ecosystem for plastic coated paper is not set up in the neighborhood, plastic coated paper may be harder to recycle than plastic alone. Furthermore, the process of producing paper is more water intensive than plastics. Using paper also means taking the risk of over deforestation if paper is not sourced sustainably. So, is paper really more eco-friendly than plastic? In this article we will look at the bigger picture to explore the pros and cons for both paper packaging and plastic packaging.

4 Common water-based printing issues
July 26, 2023 | KYMC Marketing

If you are on a water-based printing operation or thinking about switching to a water-based printing operation, then you must understand the common water-based printing issues which include 1. Ink foaming 2. gelation 3. light ink color 4. and poor drying.

4 Common coating and lamination adhesive issues
July 26, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
Flexible packaging is one of the most common packaging methods. The reason for flexible packaging’s popularity is due to its lightweight construction and its material savings when compared to rigid packaging.  The construction of flexible packaging is the usage of laminating adhesive to bond different layers of film, foil, or paper together to form an effective structure to protect the goods within the packaging. The effectiveness of bonding and sealing of the different substrates will involve having the right adhesive mix ratio, the right coating weight, the right drying temperature and time, the right impression, and the right dyne level of the substrate. Some of the common coating and lamination adhesive issues include 1. low bonding strength 2.  Tunneling in laminate 3. Bubbles in lamination 4. Ink bleed
5 ways to make your printing more sustainable
June 30, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
There are many ways to make your printing more sustainable. Understanding what sustainable printing methods are available on the market can help you build up your business’s eco-friendly credentials. As environmentally friendly options are becoming more popular on the market, building up your eco-friendly credentials brings you closer to consumers.
How to Choose the Right Flexo Printing Machinery?
May 30, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
You can start by understanding what substrate you would be printing on. Different substrates behave differently during printing. For instance, when applied with tension a film is more prone to stretch than paper. Print ink is easier to dry on paper than on film. Foil is more prone to tear than paper and film…etc. These different substrate characteristics will require different press designs. Not all presses work with all substrates. Even when you choose a substrate that you are going to print now. It is always a good idea to think in the mid and long term. To consider what other substrate you may target in the future and will your printing press be able to support you during the product line expansion. Some of the common substrates that you should consider are film, foil, tissue, non-woven materials, paper, and corrugated boards.
Increase Efficiency and Lower Energy Consumption on Your Flexo Press
March 20, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
As sustainable development gains importance. Standards and goals are being set at a global level to reduce carbon emissions and ultimately reach net zero emissions. In the latest COP27 (Conference of the Parties), one of the world’s most significant summits on climate change, countries are coming together, reaching a consensus to combat climate change issues. As flexo printers, we can no longer stand on the sidelines. Actions must be taken starting with your own flexo press. There are many ways to increase efficiency and lower energy consumption on your flexo press. In this article, we will explore three different ways including 1. Selection of motor, 2. Drying method 3. Data monitoring.
Establish a green water based flexo printing operation
March 15, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
Over time, consumers are becoming more conscious of environmental sustainability, the social impact and the transparency of a company’s governance. Therefore, flexo printers need to make the investments and to make the transformations necessary to keep up with this trend. There are many approaches to becoming an ESG orientated company. One approach is to establish a green water based flexo printing operation. 
Co-Current vs Counter Current Drying
October 21, 2022 | Daywey Chen

Rotary dryers can come in two types of airflow configurations. The co-current system and the counter current system. Co-current system is designed so that the airflow and material flow in the same direction. On the other hand, counter current system is designed so that the airflow and the material flow in the opposite direction. To decide which system to adopt will depend on the type of substrate, ink and coating solution used. In this article we will lay out the advantages and disadvantages of both systems for you to review.

Breaking Down the Drying Process
October 17, 2022 | Daywey Chen
Flexographic printing, coating process, lamination process…etc. Whatever the process may be, drying plays a crucial role in the success and failure of the end result. The drying process should be seen as three phases instead of one. The initial phase, the constant rate phase, and the falling rate phase. At each phase the drying substrate will behave differently, affecting your end result. Understanding the role of each phase will help you achieve a balance between efficiency, throughput, and cost control during the journey to create the desired product.