Improvements in flexographic printing allow more colors, gearless presses, increased control over anilox ink loads and more. Choosing the right mounting tape can help you take the most of advantage of all these possibilities.
Day by day, the quality of flexographic printing continues to improve. We particularly see this as flexible packaging that was previously done on other systems is now printed using flexo. This new level of industry participation is due to technology developments around all the elements involved in this process.
The possibility of printing using a greater number of colors, gearless press technology, substantial advances at the mounting level, better definition of dot printing by the elaboration of digital photopolymers and high pigmentation inks, increasingly controlled ink load in the cells of the anilox and the possibility of having several tape densities according to the work to be printed all allow a better control of the dot gain and therefore greater consistency as compared with other types of printing.
Speaking specifically of flexographic mounting tapes, we must clarify that these joining elements not only affix the plates to cylinders or sleeves, but also the adhesive on the plate side presents excellent performance to avoid edge lifting and improve press speeds.
It is important to clarify that a mounting tape can affect several aspects of flexo printing:
Therefore, it is important to evaluate the following aspects when choosing the right mounting tape:
As you can see, the flexographic mounting tapes are fundamental elements in flexographic printing and, like any printing variable, press tests must be carried out to verify product performance. We hope that the characteristics that must be met by the flexo tapes cited above help the people in charge of printing to select the best alternative and thus continue with the main press responsibility of generating quality and consistency at low cost.
Omar Arias – Adv. Specialist Application Engineer