Package Printing

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Package printing takes many forms, and any company that uses packaging and needs coding and marking has many options. Inkjet systems are the most commonly used, but laser is gaining ground as practical applications increase. Label printing with inkjet machines is still widely used, but digital printing is increasing in popularity.

Inkjet technology is varied, which makes it flexible and ideal for many different printing needs. Large character and small character printing employ drop-on-demand or continuous inkjet (CIJ) methods to distribute ink onto substrates of all kinds: metal, glass, paper, plastic. Specialty inks can penetrate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe, print small characters on porous paper without bleeding, and permanently mark steel.

Laser Package Printing

Laser technology has been adopted by the package printing industry because it is simple to operate, inexpensive, and very reliable. Downtime can be disastrous for industry, and laser imagers minimize this risk. With applications increasing all the time, laser systems will be employed by even more industries and businesses to meet their packaging needs.

Laser imaging does not need fluids of any kind, which is why it is such a clean process. The heat from a laser etches images into PET and glass, turns PVC brown, and makes a mark on other kinds of surfaces by removing some of that surface. With its adaptability to computerized operations, laser technology becomes one of the most versatile, flexible systems for package printing.

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