Ink consumption is a key factor for achieving cost savings in gravure printing. At the same time, the print quality must meet the customers’ high standards. Janoschka has now compared the ink consumption of an electromechanically engraved with a laser-engraved gravure cylinder (Cellaxy direct laser) under real conditions.
The issue of cost savings is particularly relevant when it comes to high ink consumption and the use of expensive inks, such as metallic and other effect inks. The result of this complex comparison test, conducted in an industrial environment, showed a clear savings potential for white with cylinders imaged with Cellaxy of approx. €25,000 at 10 million m² annually.
In addition to significantly lower consumption, the Cellaxy cylinder also showed impressive results in terms of the high opacity (60.5%). Due to its better cell release properties and related ink transfer, the Cellaxy cylinder achieves excellent smooth ink laydown, even at low viscosity (without frog eye effect). Depending on the production parameters, it is also possible to achieve higher printing speeds with Cellaxy cylinders.
Janoschka, headquartered in Kippenheim, Germany is with more than 1,700 employees plus an annual turnover of more than 95 million euros among the global market leaders in its sector. As a full service prepress provider Janoschka has a comprehensive product range and, based on a wide-ranging technical know-how and long-standing experience, offers printing tools for gravure and flexo printing, embossing rollers, artwork & reproduction, colour management, cylinder bases and much more besides.