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Anilox Volume Measurement: Its History as an Important Evolution in Flexographic Printing

Monday, November 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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Most flexographic printers, whether narrow web, wide web or corrugated, have experienced the frustration of time and material wastage with prolonged press setup to achieve the correct densities required for jobs.

It appears to be standard procedure to blame, in order, the ink or what the ink technicians have done, then the doctor blade setup, then the substrate and plates, and finally, when all else fails, to consider the aniloxes.

The condition and actual volume of the anilox needs to be known to minimize press setup time and cost.

History of Anilox Volume Measurement Methods

The methods of volumetric measurement on laser-ablated ceramic rolls, as with any science, have progressively developed and evolved into something that can now be described as accurate.

Originally the measurement method was, quite naturally, copied from the mechanically engraved charts where the screen count and opening of the cell were easily established and, knowing the angles of the engraving tool, the volume was calculated using trigonometric formulae.

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