If you already have the characterization of your flexographic press, congratulations! You have taken an important step to ensure the quality of your prints, now the next step is to RESPECT the variables set to guarantee consistency.
A characterization involves measuring and documenting the capabilities of all the elements involved in the printing process, analyzing each behavior to establish specific parameters and obtain optimal results. Complying with what is characterized will bring you innumerable benefits:
1. You ensure the quality of your impressions.
2. You maintain consistency.
3. You guarantee reproducibility and consistency in production.
4. You guarantee efficiency by avoiding unnecessary adjustments and repetitive tests, which translates into saving time and resources, in turn contributing to greater process efficiency.
5. You reduce the probability of errors and waste.
6. You contribute to the environment by taking a more sustainable and ecological approach to production.
7. You meet your client’s standards and expectations.
8. You comply with the quality regulations of the industrial sector.
Once you have the characterization, other important factors that we recommend you should take into account are:
1.- Make sure to follow an adequate maintenance program to keep the press in optimal conditions, thus prolonging the useful life of the machine and its components.
2.- Establish tolerances and quality standards using the characterization data to define the tolerances and quality standards for your prints.
3.- It is essential to calibrate the press periodically according to the results of the characterization. Thus ensuring that the press is operating in optimum condition and that colors and images are accurate.
4.- Make sure that the personnel involved in the operation of the press are properly trained and familiar with the results of the characterization. Knowledge and understanding of this data will enable them to properly adjust the press and achieve high-quality prints.
5.- Establishes quality controls for printing materials such as inks, substrates and printing plates, etc. All must be in accordance with the characterized specifications. Using low-quality materials can negatively affect and be reflected later in the print.
6.- Keep a record of the adjustments and changes made to the press, as well as the results of the printing tests. This will help you maintain proper control and tracking of press performance over time.
7.- Use the characterization data to identify areas for improvement in the printing process. Continuous improvement will allow you to optimize quality and efficiency.
Always keep in mind that CHARACTERIZATION IS A VALUABLE RESOURCE to improve the quality of your prints and optimize the performance of the machine, allowing you to make the most of its potential and offer high-quality printed products.