Eight-color Flexo printing machine
Application: Introduce sensitization resin as flexible printing plate, suitable for printing
such packing materials as polyethylene, polypropylene bag, cellophane and roll paper,
etc. It is a kind of ideal printing equipment for producing paper packing bag for food,
supermarket handbag, vest bag and clothes bag, etc.
Flexo printing machine Performance and Features:
1. Easy operation, flexible starting, accurate color register.
2. The meter counter can set printing quantity according to the requirements. Stop the machine automatically at the quantity or when the material is cut off.
3. Pneumatic printing cylinder lift and lower, it will stir the printing ink automatically after lifting.
4. The printing ink is spread by the anilox cylinder with even ink color.
5. Reliable drying system coordinated with high-speed rotation, it will automatically break circuit when the machine stops.
6.360°continuous and adjustable longitudinal register device.
7. The frequency control of motor speed adapts to different printing speeds.
8. There are Jogging/Stopping buttons on the plate roller base and material rolling rack so as to make it easy operate the machine when the plate is installed.
1) Ink Roller :With the Ceramic roller by 100LPI-1000LPI.
high speed dot reproduction rate ,screen printing ,structred,three –dimensional sense of strong ,registering accurately
2) Ink :Adopt the automatic circle system ,running ink by single small motor ,with the electrical clutch device
3) Timing :Adopt Japanese inverter controlled ,running by small fluctuations
4) Unwinder EPC :adopt the high quality automatic EPC controller device
5) Unwinder and rewinder way : adopt the magnetism Auto tension controller
6) Ink way :our company has special design for the doctor blade device with the ink pump can suck the ink automatically
7) Up and down plate :adopt the hydraulic pressure rising and down the printing plate automatically
8) Roller :adopt the special steel processing ,and through the special technique treatment , and plating thickness of 10 silk protective layer of hard chromium, beat the following in the 0.02mm
9) Traction Rollers :adopt Japanese production of small semi-enclosed bearing, static equilibrium and dynamic levels do cross-processing, hard oxidation treatment, resistance, beating a small
10) Drying device: ventilation with heat blowing three devices, which use a central heating temperature control system and the control each group
11) Body: thick wall (75mm), longer bridges, thick base, making the machine more stable.
12) the control system: machine adopts PLC voice prompts device
Flexo printing machine Main Parameter
Max Width of Material
Max.Width of Printing
Aluminium foil30~150μm,Woven Fabric Material15-500g/m2,PVC:15~120μm,OPP:10~100μm,
Max.Length of Printing
Machinery mechanical speed
Max.Speed of Material Printing
Thickness of Plate
(including the glue)
Flexography (often abbreviated to flexo) is a form of printing process which utilizes a flexible relief plate. It is essentially a modern version of letterpress which can be used for printing on almost any type of substrate, including plastic, metallic films, cellophane, and paper. It is widely used for printing on the non-porous substrates required for various types of food packaging (it is also well suited for printing large areas of solid color).
The first method of plate development uses light-sensitive polymer. A film negative is placed over the plate,which is exposed to ultra-violet light. The polymer hardens where light passes through the film. The remaining polymer has the consistency of chewed gum. It is washed away in a tank of either water or solvent. Brushes scrub the plate to facilitate the "washout" process. The process can differ depending on whether solid sheets of photopolymer or liquid photopolymer are used, but the principle is still the same. The plate to be washed out is fixed in the orbital washout unit on a sticky base plate. The plate is washed out in a mixture of water and 1% dishwasher soap, at a temperature of approximately 40°C. The unit is equipped with a dual membrane filter. With this the environmental burdening is kept to an absolute minimum. The membrane unit separates photopolymer from the washout water. After addition of absorb gelatine for example, the photopolymer residue can be disposed of as standard solid waste together with household refuse. The recycled water is re-used without adding any detergent.
The second method used a computer-guided laser to etch the image onto the printing plate. Such a direct laser engraving process is called digital platemaking. Companies such as AV Flexologic, Polymount and Screen from The Netherlands are market leaders in manufacturing this type of equipment.
The third method is to go through a molding process. The first step is to create a metal plate out of the negative of our initial image through an exposition process (followed by an acid bath). This metal plate in relief is then used in the second step to create the mold that could be in bakelite board or even glass or plastic, through a first molding process.Once cooled, this master mold will press the rubber or plastic compound (under both controlled temperature and pressure) through a second molding process to create the printing plate.
For every colour to be printed, a plate is made and eventually put on a cylinder which is placed in the printing press. To ensure an accurate picture is made, mounting marks are made on the flexographic plates. These mounting marks can be microdots (down to 0.3 mm) and/or mounting crosses. To make a complete picture, regardless of printing on flexible film or corrugated paper, the image transferred from each plate has to fit exactly in the images transferred from the other colors.Highly accurate and specific machinery is made for mounting these plates on the printing cylinders. One of the latest advances in this field is Fully Automatic Mounting Machine (FAMM), for which AV Flexologic won the FTA Technical Innovation Award in 2007.
A flexographic print is made by creating a positive mirrored master of the required image as a 3D relief in a rubber or polymer material. Flexographic plates can be created with analog and digital platemaking processes. The image areas are raised above the non image areas on the rubber or polymer plate. The ink is transferred from the ink roll which is partially immersed in the ink tank. Then it transfers to the anilox roll (or meter roll) whose texture holds a specific amount of ink since it is covered with thousands of small wells or cups that enable it to meter ink to the printing plate in a uniform thickness evenly and quickly (the number of cells per linear inch can vary according to the type of print job and the quality required).To avoid getting a final product with a smudgy or lumpy look, it must be ensured that the amount of ink on the printing plate is not excessive. This is achieved by using a metal scraper, called a doctor blade. The doctor blade removes excess ink from the anilox roller before inking the printing plate. The substrate is finally sandwiched between the plate and the impression cylinder to transfer the image.The sheet is then fed through a dryer, which allows the inks to dry before moving on.In the case a UV ink is used, the sheet does not have to be dried, but is dried from UV rays.
1. Fountain roller
The fountain roller transfers the ink that is located in the ink pan to the second roller, which is the anilox roller.
2. Anilox roller
This is what makes flexography unique. The anilox roller meters the predetermined ink that is transferred for uniform thickness. It has engraved cells that carry a certain capacity of inks that can only be seen with a microscope.
3. Plate cylinder
The plate cylinder holds the printing plate, which is soft flexible rubber. Sticky 2-way tape is used to mount the plate to the plate cylinder.
4. impression cylinder
The impression cylinder applies pressure to the plate cylinder, where the image is transferred to the substrate.
Flexo has an advantage over lithography in that it can use a wider range of inks, water based rather than oil based inks,and is good at printing on a variety of different materials like plastic, foil, acetate film, brown paper, and other materials used in packaging. Typical products printed using flexography include brown corrugated boxes, flexible packaging including retail and shopping bags, food and hygiene bags and sacks, milk and beverage cartons, flexible plastics, self adhesive labels, disposable cups and containers, envelopes and wallpaper. A number of newspapers now eschew the more common offset lithography process in favour of flexo. Flexographic inks, like those used in gravure and unlike those used in lithography, generally have a low viscosity. This enables faster drying and, as a result, faster production, which results in lower costs.