Gravure Printing Process Solutions

Know the variables in your painting process to ensure
that perfect finish.

Gravure Viscosity Solutions

As a gravure printer, your clients expect you to deliver high-quality finished products with sharp, fine images. Depending on your industry, these products could include food packaging, wallpaper, paneling, magazines, wrapping paper, furniture laminates, and other goods.

Whatever your printing specialty may be, there is a good chance that your printing process is susceptible to variations and substandard finishes due to inadequate viscosity and temperature control. The low viscosity and quick dry time needed for gravure inks can be affected by something as simple as a temperature change from morning to afternoon.

If you aren’t able to maintain the proper viscosity of your ink, it may not dry before reaching the next station on your press, leading to issues like smearing or smudging. Saint Clair Systems and Norcross Viscosity Controls have extensive experience in developing customized solutions that can keep your gravure press running smoothly.

Common issues:

Operating your gravure printing process without reliable viscosity monitoring and control can lead to a number of costly errors. Viscosity control can help alleviate the frequency of some of the following miscues:

  • Fisheyes
  • Foaming
  • Excessive ink consumption
  • Mottle
  • Picking
  • Off set set off
  • Static
  • Streaking/lines/railroads
  • Color variation
  • Bleeding or smearing

Viscosity control benefits:

With our customized viscosity control solutions, your gravure printing operation can enjoy the following benefits:

  • More consistent product quality due to automatic control of inks and solvents
  • Maintained color
  • Increased ink mileage
  • Solvent control
  • Less environmental impact, with less solvent released into the atmosphere
  • Decreased waste