Those who require the printing of large quantities of things like gift wrap, wallpaper and a lot of other materials will be very familiar with flexography. Sometimes called flexographic printing, this popular method of printing is a remarkable achievement in the printing world.
Here are 8 facts about flexography that we thought you might enjoy as much as we do.
1. Flexography is modern and efficient
At its core, flexography is similar to the techniques used in old-fashioned letterpress printing. This is the process where a printing press was used to effectively stamp the images and text required onto paper or another material. The major difference with flexographic printing is that the images that are to be printed are etched directly onto a flexible printing sleeve.
This method is much more advanced than the original printing presses of the past and uses modern technology to provide efficient and accurate results every time.
2. It’s a great long-term investment
The flexo sleeves that are used in flexographic printing are at a higher price point than those used in other printing techniques. However, they will last a very long time and more than make up for the initial investment. Other printing materials will not last as long and are significantly less cost-efficient.
3. The sleeves used in flexography must me cared for
Everything from proper maintenance to storing these sleeves is very important, and you need to make sure that best practices are always followed. This is not to say that they are overly delicate. More so, if any pressure is applied to them, they can warp and become oval shaped. This means that they will no longer be able to produce the excellent results you typically expect from flexographic printing.
4. You can use flexography to print on more than just paper
Flexographic printing is not limited to paper, in fact, you are able to print on a wide variety of materials including plastic, cellophane, fabric and even floor tiling. Having this level of flexibility with flexography is what has made it so popular over the years.
5. It’s a fast process
The inks that are used in flexography dry very fast. This is, of course, dependant on the type of material that is being printed on, but for the most part, you can look forward to a fast printing process. Shortening the time between design approval and final production can be a huge bonus for many.
6. Solid colours look great
Older, less robust methods of printing can take some time to apply some colours, and even then the result is not exactly what was intended. With flexography, you can look forward to a colour printing technique that is flawless and does not require additional applications of ink.
7. A repeating pattern is what flexography does best
If you are looking to produce a pattern that repeats, then flexographic printing is the way to go. As the sleeves are rotated, the same design can be continuously repeated over and over again without pause. For this reason, there is no other method of printing that can achieve the same accuracy and speed than flexography.
8. Want a long printing run, no problem
As we mentioned earlier, printing sleeves are expensive but will last a long time. If you intend to print the same thing for a long period of time, then flexography is definitely the way to go. Knowing that you have a reliable method of meeting your printing needs can give you great peace of mind.