If you know letterpress, flexography is just its modern version. This printing process is the traditional method on fabric, metallic films, cellophane, plastic, corrugated cardboard and even label stocks. The process uses quick-drying ink or semi-liquid inks. Today, flexography is the only way to cater large orders like labeling and packaging of products.
A flexible photopolymer printing plate which is wrapped in rotating cylinders on a web press. These plates have the image that will be transferred to the substrate. These type of inks can print on either absorbent or nonabsorbent materials. Continuous patterns such as gift wraps or wallpapers are the best example of the finished product of flexography.
The Advantages of Flexography.
Flexographic printing is widely used in the printing industry these days. It’s fast and can print on any materials. Aside from this, below are the reasons why flexography is very important.
- Faster printing speeds
- Can print on any substrate materials
- Low-cost equipment and maintenance
- Low cost on materials
- Suited for short and long runs
- An all in one process with its capability to print, varnish, laminate and die cut in a single pass
The Disadvantages of Flexography.
The disadvantages are mostly for the business owners of the printing press. Here are some of the reasons why flexography is not preferred by most people who are starting a business in the printing industry.
- The flexo printing plates are usually expensive. With proper care, these can also last for a long time with millions of impressions.
- It takes time to set up complicated jobs that involve print, varnish, laminate and die cut.
- There’s a possibility to waste expensive materials since it takes a huge amount of substrate to set up the job.
- If the job needs different versions, the process is time-consuming.
In this generation, printing has seriously evolved. The machines are modernized and can do a lot of jobs that were previously completed using different kinds of machines. For customers, this process very popular especially for short run flexo printing. Business owners should be aware of how to care for their machines for a much successful return on investment.