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3 Common Flexo-Printing Defects You Should Be Aware Of

Posted by David Lee on Sep 6, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Flexo printing defects are frustrating and expensive, harming the quality of your printed products and making print jobs look unprofessional. Fortunately, the most common printing defects also have common causes and, in many cases, simple solutions. In this blog post, we look at three of the most common defects you should be aware of.

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Topics: Flexographic Printing

What Is Dot Gain & What Can You Do About It?

Posted by David Lee on Sep 5, 2019 5:26:40 PM

'Dot gain', sometimes known as tone value increase (TVI), is a flexo printing defect characterised by the diameter of halftone dots increasing during the printing process. Essentially, this means the dots on your printed substrate come out larger than intended and, in many cases, this will result in printed material looking darker or fuzzier.

Ultimately, dot gain is a problem because it can have a detrimental impact on the quality of your final printed product. Dot gain is usually expressed as a numerical value, giving the difference between the dot size on the source file and the actual dot size on the final printed product.

Fortunately, with flexo printing, there are steps that can be taken to minimise the problem. Let’s take a look.

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Topics: Flexographic Printing

Labelexpo Europe 2019 - Platemate Platemounting Systems

Posted by David Lee on Aug 30, 2019 10:33:11 AM

At Labelexpo 2019, Focus Label Machinery will launch a new range of compact video platemounting systems for narrow & mid web applications.

The Platemate 2 system makes use of two pre-applied register marks on the extreme edges of the polymer printing plate, which are aligned perpendicular to the printing direction. The printing cylinder is loaded onto the system and double sided adhesive tape applied to its surface.

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Topics: Focus Label News

How To Increase The Speed Of Your Printing Press

Posted by David Lee on Aug 26, 2019 10:55:00 AM



Increasing the speed of a printing press is a common goal for many printing businesses. After all, the difference between 300 fpm and 600 fpm, when evaluated over the course of a whole year, can make an enormous difference to the number of items that are printed and, consequentially to your profits.

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Topics: Printing Press

ITMA 2019: What We Learned

Posted by David Lee on Aug 23, 2019 10:53:33 AM



The four-yearly ITMA textile and garment technology expo is the world’s leading event for the international textile industry, showcasing the latest in materials technology and technical innovation – including in textile printing. As such, it is a great opportunity for businesses like us to engage with suppliers, customers and friends in one place – and also to keep up to date with the changes transforming the industry.

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Topics: Textile Printing Machinery, Events

What You Can Expect from Focus Label At Labelexpo 2019

Posted by David Lee on Aug 16, 2019 11:23:36 AM

Coming up at the end of next month is one of the highlights of our year for exhibitions: Labelexpo Europe 2019. We are delighted to be taking part as exhibitors and really look forward to meeting established customers and building links with new contacts in the industry. This article explains a bit about what we are up to and what you can expect from Focus Label Machinery at Labelexpo.

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Topics: Events

Flexo Press Installation At Advanced Labels

Posted by David Lee on Jul 25, 2019 11:09:28 AM

Focus Label Machinery have completed their latest installation at Advance Labels, Syston, Leicestershire. The family run company, established in 1993, have increased their capabilities with an 8-color, full UV Proflex 330SE servo-driven flexo press.

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Topics: Case Studies

What Is Serigraphy?

Posted by David Lee on Jul 25, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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Serigraphy is the artists' term for silk screen printing, a process which involves a stencil and ink which is forced through a silk screen, although modern versions are often made of nylon or finely woven polyester. One colour is applied at a time and a blade is used to sweep the ink smoothly across the press.

Serigraphy is an extremely ancient form of printing and has been used since the days of the Chinese Song Dynasty (960 - 1279 CE) to transfer exquisite designs to silk material. In modern times, machine-based heat transfer silkscreen printing is used in the textile industry to mass produce attractive prints on fabrics, including t-shirts, curtains, cushion covers and bed linen. Heat transfer is also a popular alternative to sew-in garment labels, especially for underwear and swimming costumes.

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Topics: Textile Label Printing

ITMA 2019: Thanks For Your Support!

Posted by David Lee on Jul 23, 2019 11:46:53 AM

Three weeks home from ITMA 2019 in Barcelona and we are still reeling from what turned out to be an incredibly positive and exciting event. Exhibiting at a high profile international event such as this takes plenty of preplanning and hard work – but it was more than worth it for how well attended and well received our exhibition was this year.

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Topics: Events

The FlexoTech International Print & Innovations Awards Return For 2019

Posted by David Lee on Jul 16, 2019 12:02:47 PM

Focus are proud to once again be a silver sponsor of this prestigious event celebrating the work of Britain’s premier printers.

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Topics: Events

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