Flexo printing

Striking, high-quality effects come into their own in the design of cosmetic and food packaging with effect pigments for flexo printing.

How to achieve the best results in flexo printing with our effect pigments

In flexo printing, anilox rollers and photopolymer plates are used to apply the color to the material being printed, just as in offset coating with a chamber doctor blade system. Continual mixing of the ink during the printing process ensures a homogeneous distribution of the effect pigments. The proper anilox rollers and suitable polymer plates must be selected to ensure an undisturbed process and the best possible results. Top photopolymer plates include Nyloflex® FAH and Nyloflex® ART from Flint Group and Cyrel® DEC from DuPont.

The printing ink and its viscosity, as well as the cell geometry of the anilox rollers, must be adjusted to the effect pigment used – please see the table below.

Flexo printing guidelines

Pigment particle size Theoretical dispensing volume (cm^3 /m^2) Screen angle hexagonal  Lines/cm Lines/inch

< 15 μm

5 – 25 μm

10 – 13 60° or hachure 80 – 120 200 – 300
10 – 60 μm 13 – 20 60° or hachure 60 – 80 150 – 200

10 – 100 μm

10 – 125 μm

20 – 25 60° or hachure 40 – 50 100 – 130
20 – 200 μm 24 – 30 60° 30 – 34 75 – 85

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