Flexography isn’t as complicated as its name might suggest. Very simply, flexography is a traditional printing process that is a little bit like letterpress printing. Its process entails using flexible photopolymer printing plates that are wrapped around rotating cylinders. The raised images or texts on the inked printing plates are transferred to the final printed material by the rotating cylinders, which move at a constant rate of speed. You can store your different printing plates with flexographic sleeve storage.
There are many advantages to choosing flexography over other printing processes. Below you will find the top three reason why flexographic printing is superior to other printing methods.
Perhaps the best reason to use the flexographic printing process is, of course, speed! Unlike other printing processes where you have to change out printing plates, set up machines, and swap inks, flexography has a quick setup time, which means you can devote more time to actually printing.
Flexographic printing also allows you to print at a high-rate of speed. Modern types of flexographic machines can print about 600 feet per minute. Because of that speed of printing, flexography enables you to increase your production. That’s especially important for companies who rely on medium to high production levels in order to turn a profit. Digital printing may be able to match flexography on the production level, but it also much more expensive than flexography.
2. Ink and Material
The other advantage of flexographic printing is that you can use a wide variety of inks and material to create your final product. When it comes to ink, flexography allows you to choose from water-based ink, solvent inks, and U.V curable inks. You can even mix your own color ink very easily, and because of flexography’s precise printing process, you can create exact, repeated images over and over again.
Flexography also allows you to print on almost any type of material. Fully adaptable, a flexographic press can print on cellophane, plastic film, cardboard, paper, metallic films and foil, and acetate.
3. Good for the Environment
Last, flexographic printing is completely environmentally friendly. When printing, you have the option of choosing recyclable materials to print on, which cuts down on waste in landfills.
Other printing presses rely on chemicals for cleaning their plates and will use solvent inks that are bad for the environment. Because flexography allows you to use water-solvent inks, you will be sending less chemicals out into the world. There are also several flexographic presses that have been designed to recycle used ink and wash water. Flexographic printing plates can also be reused almost endlessly, and there are many flexographic sleeve storage options available.