Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
With recent advancements in elastomer imaging and plate technologies, a study comparing the ink transfer and image definition characteristics of the current flexographic printing systems was conducted. Using a number of print metrics across a variety of testing conditions, overall results suggested that the elastomer printing system laid down more ink and produced shaper printing than the photopolymer printing system. In particular, the elastomer printing system showed greater solid ink densities for the solvent and aqueous ink printing conditions, while the photopolymer printing system showed higher values in the ultraviolet ink printing conditions. Results across conditions also revealed that the elastomer printing system produced stronger opacities, larger print contrasts, smaller minimum dots, finer lines, and smaller type than the photopolymer printing system. Following a discussion of these results, the studyâ€™s research limitations and areas of future research are addressed.
Palmer, Jason, "THE INK TRANSFER AND IMAGE DEFINITION DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ELASTOMER AND PHOTOPOLYMER PRINTING SYSTEMS" (2015). All Theses. 2274.