Skip to content
Tags

Gravure printing

19/05/2012

Rotogravure (Roto or Gravure

Rotogravure (Roto or Gravure for short) is a type of intaglio printing process; that is, it involves engraving the image onto an image carrier. In gravure printing, the image is engraved onto a cylinder because, like offset printing and flexography, it uses a rotary printing press. Once a staple of newspaper photo features, the rotogravure process is still used for commercial printing of magazines, postcards, and corrugated (cardboard) product packaging.

Typical gravure printed products include:

• Food packaging
• Wall paper
• Wrapping paper
• Furniture laminates
• Paneling
• Greeting cards
• Magazines

Today almost all gravure printing is done using engraved copper cylinders protected from wear by the application of a thin electroplate of chromium. The cylinders (image carrier) used in rotogravure printing can be from three inches in diameter by two inch wide to three feet in diameter by 20 feet wide. Publication presses are from six to eight feet wide while presses used for printing packaging rarely exceed five feet. in width. Product gravure presses show great variation in size, ranging from presses with cylinders two inches wide, designed to print wood grain edge trim, to cylinders 20 feet wide, designed to print paper towels. The basics of Gravure printing is a fairly simple process which consists of a printing cylinder, a rubber covered impression roll, an ink fountain, a doctor blade, and a means of drying the ink.

The major unit operations in a gravure printing
operation are:

• Image preparation
• Cylinder preparation
• Printing
• Finishing

Gravure Inks – Solvent Based, Water Based

Advertisements

From → Digital

6 Comments
  1. Hi there, just became alert to your weblog through Google, and located that it’s really informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels. I’ll appreciate in case you continue this in future. Lots of other people will probably be benefited out of your writing. Cheers!

  2. I savour, result in I discovered just what I used to be taking a look for. You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  3. I noticed some interesting topics, a very interesting article.

  4. Excellent post. You must continue to offer excellent resources and content like you have been offering. I will most likely stop by again in the future.
    http://www.KneeNeckBackPain.com/

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. More Fun Things to do with Commercial Printing | Fun Things To Do With

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: