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Cut paper sheets are dropped into a running web printing press. Now an alternative to one color laboratory press proofs.
Gravure Drop In
Drop your test sheets into a 4-color Cerutti gravure press. The cylinder print width is 23 in. (585 mm) and vertical repeat is 35 in (890 mm), select a sample size accordingly. Electrostatic Assist (ESA) is available, or run your test samples without the ESA. Standard ink setup is toluene solvent based, waterbase and acetate based are also available.
- Minimum: 5 in x 11 in (125 mm x 280 mm)
- Maximum: 12 in x 35 in (305 mm x 890 mm)
Flexo Drop In
Drop in your test sheets into a 3-color Comco flexographic press. The plate width is 9 in (230 mm) and vertical repeat is 12 3/8 in (315 mm), select a sample size accordingly. Select your choice of various anilox rolls and ink types including waterbase, solvent, and UV inks. Press is capable of printing on plastic films, foils, architectural webs, and paper grades including all publication grades, label stock, boxboard, and pre-preprint testing of linerboard.
- Minimum: none
- Maximum: 8 in x 10 in (200 mm x 255 mm)
Small one unit test presses are available to print gravure, flexographic, offset, and screen printing.
- Gravure: K-Proofer, Prufbau
- Offset: several small duplicators including a Little Joe
Off Press Material Proofing
Off press proofing can be useful in predicting quality of materials prior to production printing. Small quantities of ink and small sheet sizes can be studied quickly for physical and optical performance properties.
Several bench size and small lab scale proof devices are available to simulate ink on substrate interactions.
- Ink Jet