The prospect of the hottest packaging printing

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Prospects of packaging printing 1. Offset printing the main advantages of offset printing are that the printing process and equipment have been developed very well. The supporting raw and auxiliary materials have also been fully mature. Good printing quality and low cost. It has been accepted by printing enterprises at home and abroad. At present, offset printing in foreign countries basically accounts for more than half of the total printing volume; In China, the printing of books, periodicals and newspapers has been almost 100% offset printing. In packaging and printing, more than 800 offset printing machines have been introduced. Many enterprises have not only increased many offset printing machines, but also introduced multi-color offset printing machines with world advanced level. Offset printing volume has also accounted for about 60%. Offset printing also plays a leading role in the field of packaging. Both at home and abroad, the proportion of offset printing may decrease for a long time, but its dominant position will not change

offset printing is mainly used for printing paper-based materials. Printing on plastic film has many limitations. Sheet fed offset printing machine printing format can be changed, more flexible. At present, the printing format of most web offset presses is fixed. Its application is limited. With the development of technology, web offset press is also improving. Now we have successfully developed a web offset press that can change the printing format. At the same time, we have successfully developed a web offset press with seamless roller. The printing cylinder of this web offset press is seamless, which is the same as the web gravure press in this respect

offset printing machines have also been continuously improved in printing functions. After improving and adding some parts, corrugated board can be printed. After improvement and installation of UV drying device, UV printing can be printed. The above improvements continue to expand the use of offset printing machines in the field of packaging and printing. Offset printing water-based ink will soon enter practical application, which is another progress for offset printing

II. Gravure printing

gravure printing has full ink color and three-dimensional feeling. Among various printing methods, the printing quality is the best, the printing quality is stable, and the service life of the printing plate is long. It is suitable for mass printing. Gravure printing can print extremely thin materials, such as plastic film. However, gravure plate making is complex and expensive, and its benzene ink pollutes the environment. These two problems affect the development of gravure printing. In particular, the reduction of a large number of printing pieces and the increase of printing pieces requiring low price for short version make gravure printing lose the market continuously. Experts at home and abroad believe that the proportion of gravure printing in the printing field will decline year by year, even in the packaging printing field

in the flexible packaging printing market in the United States, gravure printing only accounts for 10% and is declining. Gravure printing plays an important role in flexible packaging printing and cigarette case printing in China. More than 200 sets of gravure printing machines have been introduced. In some areas, too many gravure printing machines have been introduced, resulting in excess production capacity, which is formed under the special circumstances of our country

due to the progress of technology, gravure printing machines are also constantly improving and developing. The application of computer direct gravure plate making (CTP) and the gradual popularization of water-based ink for gravure printing have gradually solved the two major problems in gravure printing process. With the solution of the important problems of gravure printing, whether it will reverse the downward trend of gravure printing process needs to be tested in practice

III. flexo printing

(I) main advantages of flexo printing

1. The equipment structure is simple and easy to form a production line. In offset printing, gravure printing, flexo printing and other printing equipment, flexo printing machine is the simplest structure. Therefore, the price of flexographic press is relatively low, and the equipment investment of printing enterprises is small. At present, the vast majority of flexo printing machines are connected with the processing processes such as bronzing, glazing, cutting, slitting, die cutting, indentation, punching, windowing, etc., which greatly improve the labor productivity

2. Wide range of applications and substrates. Flexo printing can print almost all the printed matter and use all the substrate. Especially in the packaging and printing of corrugated paper printing has its own characteristics

3. Water based inks are widely used. Offset printing, gravure printing and flexo printing are the three major printing methods. Only flexo printing currently uses water-based inks. Non toxic and pollution-free, beneficial to environmental protection, especially suitable for packaging and printing

4. Low cost. The low cost of flexo printing has formed a broad consensus in foreign countries, and there are still disputes in China. The main reason is that most of the flexo printing machines, flexo plates and flexo inks used in domestic flexo printing rely on imports, resulting in higher costs. The cost of offset printing and gravure printing is relatively low. With the localized production of flexo printing equipment, plates and raw and auxiliary materials in China, the cost will be gradually reduced

(II) the main reasons for the slow development of flexographic printing in China

1. There are understanding and specific problems: after the 1970s, the technology of flexographic printing has matured and developed rapidly in the world. At that time, China was fully advocating the development of offset printing. The development of offset printing is undoubtedly correct, but there is little publicity about flexo printing, and many people in China know little about flexo printing. In addition, printing workers know little about flexo printing process. Therefore, in the 1980s, imported flexo printing machines really played a full role in very few. In the middle and late 1990s, China introduced more foreign flexo printing machines. At the same time, the flexo printing machines developed by China are gradually mature. However, due to the poor grasp of the printing process, the flexo printing machines selected by some users are not suitable for the prints they are preparing to print

2. Domestic localized production of flexographic plates and raw and auxiliary materials has a long way to go: at present, most of them still rely on imports. This is an important reason to increase the cost of flexo printing

3. unreasonable requirements for flexo printing: at present, domestic flexo printing machines, whether imported or domestic, are basically medium and low-grade products. In addition, the domestic flexo printing process is still not completely qualified, and its prints are of course medium and low-grade. Many people compare these prints with higher-grade offset and gravure prints, which is unreasonable. Foreign experience has already proved that flexo printing can print high-end prints. However, there must be corresponding equipment, plates, raw and auxiliary materials, mature technology and high-level operators

4. Select appropriate equipment and printing materials: flexo printing can not only give full play to its strengths in the field of packaging printing, but also play a full role in the printing of books, periodicals and newspapers. Flexographic printing has its uniqueness in packaging printing, and has formed a consensus in the printing industry. In packaging printing, corrugated paper printing can fully develop flexo printing. 85-98% of the corrugated board in foreign countries is printed on flexo printing machines. Label printing is also the strength of flexographic printing. In developed countries, the proportion of flexographic printing reaches 85-90%, and it is also developing rapidly in China. Flexible packaging printing is the main competitive place of flexo printing and gravure printing, and the development of various countries is also different. There is competition among offset printing, flexo printing and gravure printing in carton printing. Flexo printing in the United States is 30-40%, and the development situation in different countries is different. Flexographic printing should be used first among the most suitable flexographic printing products, and the most suitable flexographic printing machine should be selected according to the specific requirements of these products

(III) how to speed up the development

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1 and get out of the misunderstanding. Flexo printing has a wide range of printing, but not everything can be printed by a machine. Like other printing methods, each machine has a specific printing range. Even the flexographic press in a specific printing range can be divided into high, medium and low grades. This is the first problem to be solved. Second, we should give full play to the advantages of flexo printing, rather than compare it with other printing methods. We should not blindly compare with other printing methods regardless of equipment grade, raw and auxiliary materials and printing technology. Third, we should carefully analyze the causes of the problems in flexo printing, and propose solutions to the existing problems. Fourth, the quality requirements should be appropriate. People have different requirements for the quality of life. Similarly, they also have different requirements for the quality of printing. In particular, packaging and printing, whether required or not, requires high-precision printing, which is probably one of the manifestations of excessive packaging in China. The development of flexographic printing in China is relatively late. At present, the automatic plotter accounts for about 5% of the packaging printing, which should have a broad development prospect

2. Seriously solve the production and quality problems of flexographic plates and other raw and auxiliary materials. Through cooperation with foreign countries and our own strength, we should improve the localized production and quality of flexo plates and other raw and auxiliary materials as soon as possible. In order to solve the problem of high cost of flexo printing due to a large number of imports. Cost is the key to the survival and development of flexo printing

3. solve the standardization and digitalization of flexo printing as soon as possible. Although flexo printing has many variables, it is difficult to realize standardization and digitization. However, on the basis of constantly summarizing good enterprise experience, we should optimize the operation procedures and selected data of each printing process of different types of indenters to form a consensus. First form enterprise standards, and then gradually form industry standards. Flexo printing involves a variety of different substrates and inks. We can form different standards one by one. Without solving this problem, it is difficult to solve the problem of mass production, stability and reliability of flexo printing

4. Cultivate qualified flexo printing talents with less oil, bubble plate and printing as soon as possible

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