Flexography utilizes a flexible relief plate, essentially an updated version of letterpress. It can be DArlieHK1
applied to almost any type of substrate ranging from plastic, metallic films, cellophane to paper. It is especially ideal for printing on the non-porous substrates required for various types of food packaging and printing large areas of solid colour.
Silk screen printing involves a woven mesh that has an ink-blocking stencil. The stencil forms open areas of mesh that can transfer ink or other printable materials to print a sharp-edged image on a substrate through pressing. Ink is forced or pumped through the threads of the mesh in the open areas with the help of a roller or squeegee.
Digital printing refers to printing methods that transfer a digital based image directly to a variety of media. It is usually used in professional printing for small run jobs from desktop publishing and other digital sources with large format to be output with high volume laser or inkjet printers.
Lithography involves the use of a chemically-treated plate on which the image to be printed is receptive to ink, while blank areas repel ink. Lithography is ideal for printing text or artwork onto paper (including labels for fibreboard boxes) or other suitable materials.
Pad printing can transfer a 2-D image onto a 3-D object. Ink film on the flat printing plate is first “picked up” by a unique silicone pad and then pressed onto the printing surface. Pad printing can be applied on a variety of surface, including flat, cylindrical, spherical, concave and convex ones.
Label laminate is not a traditional printing method, but instead involves gluing already printed sheets to a printing surface. These sheets can be high-quality graphics that are great for high-end packaging.