Published in Flexo Magazine, January 1, 2008, pages 42-44.
Flexo plates are a critical component of the printing system. Printing is a system—viewing platemaking in isolation doesn’t address the total print process. A system has multiple components that interact with each other and influence the performance of each. Great plates with the wrong anilox rolls offer nothing to improve quality. Likewise, great plates made from a poorly prepared file help little to produce an outstanding final product. So, looking upstream and downstream is necessary to ensure your plates are supporting the total printing system. Superior printing plates… •have sufficient resolution for the graphics to be reproduced on the substrate for the job (paper, film, foil, etc). •are produced to optimize press and ink performance. •are made in a controlled and repeatable manner. Let’s look at several important factors to making great plates. Let's look at several important factors to making great plates.
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