Flexographic printing uses analog printing plates made of a specialty polymer to transfer ink.
The plates are mounted inline on a “flexo” press that will generally be equipped with 4-10 print stations. Each plate is mounted in its own print station and is responsible for printing a single color.
Composite images are built as the label substrate material that is being printed on progresses from one print station to the next.
Flexo is used on a wide range of substrate materials, including direct thermal media, yielding superior quality graphics and ANSI A grade barcodes. Flexographic printing is not heat sensitive. Heat sensitivity of the materials to be printed on is not an issue with flexographic technology.
Labels that need a long shelf life, or are exposed to harsh environments or weather can be printed with a flexographic printer. A UV varnish or film over laminate can be added to protect the print.
Production speed is fast. Flexographic presses run at several hundred feet per minute and use fast-drying inks so that colors can be added one after another without an extended drying time.
Cold foil, embossing, and other embellishments are often integrated.
Color matching is precise. Pantone color matching is more easily achieved with flexographic inks and metering tools. Low cost for large runs, highspeed, and high-volume make this technology affordable for large runs.
All ID Technology label plants have the ability to supply high quality flexo labels, combined with exceptional service and quality.