Winner of the 2011 AMICAL John Matteucci Technical Excellence Award, this paper presents evidence of game-changing print-performance opportunities by using atmospheric plasma treatment technology for flexographic applications.
The flexible packaging industry is faced with multitude of challenges throughout the manufacturing and distribution chain. As new package printing technology is installed throughout the market; the processing costs are under pressure.
Corona treatment has traditionally been used as a surface modification technology with flexography. However, in recent years there has been a shift to atmospheric plasma technology for flexographic applications which are able to overcome the limitations of corona treatment.
By optimizing the surface treatment technology, printers are able to operate at higher processing speed and wider widths, while maintaining the adhesion requirements on inks and coatings.
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