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Keeping the anilox cell opening equal to or less than the minimum
dot diameter will ensure you can achieve the desired quality of clean
printing, especially on highlights and vignettes. With those criteria,
your anilox will deliver the right amount of ink to your plate and not
over ink your minimum dots, avoiding what is sometimes referred as
By far the most popular anilox engraving use in our industry is the XLT
60 degree hex. This is due in large part to the fact that the 60 degree
hex has the most support structure compared to the other engravings.
Regardless of what your print needs are, rest assured there is an anilox
engraving that will work for you. Sometimes this may require banded
roll testing in order to determine which engraving and specification
will work for your situation. This is especially true when testing a new
application and product, or a change in your print process.
In most cases, the key things that your anilox supplier will need to know
in order to make the correct anilox recommendations are the following:
• Print target (with tolerances)
• Plate lpi
• Minimum dot diameter (in microns)
• Type of ink
• Press type
• Production speed
• Type of substrate
When you need an anilox recommendation for coatings, specialty inks
or white inks, it will be important to clearly communicate the TDS in-
formation of the products you plan on using, as well as the goal or print
target and your measuring method. Measuring methods, unfortunately,
are often assumed, and not knowing exactly what method is used can
lead everyone involved astray. Anilox specifications of cpi and bcm have
numerical values and tolerances that can correlate to your print target
and tolerances. Work with your anilox supplier to determine the right
engraving choice and specifications that will meet your needs. n
About the Author: Alexander James is the director of Harper Graph-
icSolutions, the technical division of Harper
Corporation of America, and has a Masters
of Science degree in graphic communications
from Clemson University, as well as a Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree from the University of
North Carolina at Asheville, NC. With more
than 20 years experience in the graphic arts
industry, Alex has participated in many indus-
try related events as guest speaker/presenter.
He is also FIRST Level III Implementation Specialists Certified and has
authored numerous technical flexographic related articles.
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