Recommended Treatment Ranges

We're often asked what dyne level do I need to print on a particular type of film. Its a complex question that includes many variables beyond the material type and method of printing or coating. We can however provide general guidelines that you can use to start your own evaluations.

The tables below list general guidelines for recommended dyne levels in flexo, gravure, litho, offset, lettpress, screen & pad printing as well as coating applications. We've included some common materials including, PE, PP, PVC, PET, PS, PVDC, PU & ABS. Find your application below:

Recommended treatment ranges (dynes/cm2)
Flexo/Gravure PE PP PVC PET PS PVDC PU ABS
Water 38-44 38-44 38-44 44-52 38-44 42-46 40-46 42-46
Solvent 36-40 38-40 36-40 40-46 35-40 38-42 30-42 40-44
UV 38-50 40-50 36-50 42-54 42-48 42-52 38-50 40-52
                 
Litho PE PP PVC PET PS PVDC PU ABS
Water 40-46 40-46 40-45 46-58 40-45 42-46 40-46 42-45
Solvent 37-42 38-42 37-42 42-46 37-42 40-42 38-42 40-45
UV 40-50 40-50 36-52 44-56 42-50 42-52 38-52 42-52
                 
Offset/Letterpress PE PP PVC PET PS PVDC PU ABS
Water 40-46 40-46 40-45 46-56 40-46 42-48 40-45 42-48
Solvent 37-42 37-42 38-42 42-46 38-44 38-44 38-44 38-46
UV 42-54 40-54 40-52 46-60 42-58 42-54 42-56 45-52
                 
Screen & Pad PE PP PVC PET PS PVDC PU ABS
Water 42-48 42-48 42-48 48-60 42-48 42-50 42-48 42-48
Solvent 38-44 38-44 38-44 42-48 38-44 40-45 38-44 40-45
UV 44-60 44-60 42-60 44-62 42-58 42-58 42-58 48-56
                 
Coating PE PP PVC PET PS PVDC PU ABS
Water 40-42 40-42 40-48 42-52 42-50 42-48 42-48 42-48
Solvent 30-45 38-45 38-45 40-42 38-46 40-46 30-48 38-46
UV 44-54 44-54 42-54 46-60 44-58 44-54 44-54 44-54

If you have any futher questions please contact our application experts and we can help you with your application.