This printing process uses a relief plate, where the image to be printed is a raised surface. The plate is then wrapped around a cylinder. The substrate then passes between the relief plate and the anilox roll, which coats the plate with ink. Flexography allows for printing on numerous types of substrates ranging from paper, to polyester, to plastic. Flexography is especially good for printing food packaging. Flexography also offers great color retention, which is ideal for those in the consumer-packaged goods. Flexography is typically used for indoor labels and decals with medium to long runs.
Early screen printers exposed fine silkscreen mesh, to use as an ink-blocking stencil. Today most screen printers use a monofilament, polyester or nylon mesh. After the stencil is exposed in a screen, the image area is washed out. Then a squeegee is used to push the ink thru the stencil and onto the substrate. Screen printers often use higher mesh screens to produce labels with halftone and finer images. Screen-printing can be printed on virtually any substrate, and can produce a thicker layer of ink if necessary. Today screen printing is traditionally used for durable outdoor labels and decals, smaller runs, and oversized decals.
Printing digitally is the new cutting edge technology within the printing industry. This method allows for printers to meet customers’ smaller to medium quantity orders in a more costly and timely manner. Printing digitally has little or no preparation costs, offers variable data, and full color labels. Digital printers can still offer small and large format labels.
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