Advantages of gravure printing presses in reducing pollution and throttling

- Sep 07, 2019-

Advantages of gravure printing presses in reducing pollution and throttling

At a stage of rapid economic development, the contradiction between economic growth and environmental pollution and cost expansion has intensified, but this contradiction is not impossible to reconcile. In the highly polluting printing industry, green printing is popular. In the process of continuous improvement of many printing equipment, how to make gravure printing machine have advantages in saving cost and reducing pollution?

The gravure method is generally used for high-quality multi-color long-length jobs that are printed at high speed. The plate rolls it uses are called intaglio. These plate rolls are typically iron, copper plated and a layer of photosensitive layer. After the small grooves on the plate representing the image area are made, chrome plating is also required.

The plate roll of the gravure printing machine is usually in direct contact with the image printing material, so before the plate roller comes out of the ink tank, it must be scraped off the surface of the roller before it comes into contact with the printing material, and then pressed by the embossing roller. The capillary action of the printing material transfers the ink in the recessed holes to the substrate. The gravure printing machine is mostly a roller type printing machine, which continuously prints using a reel.

Gravure inks are generally solvent based. There is a trend to use water-based inks, but the process using solvent inks runs much faster than aqueous inks because the evaporation of the solvent facilitates the drying of the ink. Generally, the printing color used in the gravure printing process is 8-10 colors higher than that of the concave printing. The printing process generally includes the printing material, the plate roller, the embossing roller, the ink system, the ink viscosity control, the solvent recovery system, the drying furnace, and the online cutting. Cut and strip the device, quality control system, and get the final product.

The substrate will affect the printing process: for example, how the ink is transferred to the surface of the substrate, how the ink is on the surface of the substrate, how the ink is dried or absorbed by the surface, and how the press operator controls the registration. Common substrates are coated, uncoated paper, cardboard, food wrap, enamel foil and metal paper. Commonly used are celluloid, polyurethane and fabric. Gravure proofing is generally done online, sometimes with a proofing machine.

The intaglio is made by engraving or etching, and the resulting plate is chrome-plated to increase the hardness to improve resistance to India. The plates used for solvent-based inks differ in engraving or etching depth and shape from aqueous ink plates. Generally, the water-based ink is engraved onto the plate, and the circumference of the plate roll is determined by the size of the printing press and the printed image.