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FLEXO Magazine : January 2013
Plants & Processes Transitioning a Gravure-Printed Job to Flexography challenges Most learned Prepress & Printing experts By tyler Mills Any student of history could tell you that change is inevitable, just as anyone who has worked in the print- ing industry for an extended period of time could tell you the same. Our world exists in a constant state of flux, and new technologies and developments continue to shape and change our industry all the time. Today, it’s generally accepted, especially in Europe and North America, that flexography has become the preferred printing medium for flexible packaging. In just 20 short years, and with significant advancements made to ink, plates and presses, a form of printing that for years had been derided as “rubber stamp printing,” has become a near equal to its gravure rival. For those of us fortunate enough to work in the flexographic printing industry, there’s never been a better time than today. ATTENTION TO DETAIL • Flexography is the preferred printing medium for flexible packaging • Prepress separators and printers must understand that changeovers from gravure differ from new jobs designed specifically for flexo - Files have to be dissected and adjusted - Press considerations must be made - Customers need to understand the challenges and reasons for modifications • A successful gravure conversion passes on benefits of flexography to customers without detractions 52 FLEXO january 2013 www.flexography.org “there is nothing permanent except change.” — Heraclitus