Excellence in Gravure Printing

Course Overview:

This training is designed as an introduction to rotogravure, suitable for anyone involved in the printing industry including sales, customer service, administration, marketing, etc... Content covered will include the history of rotogravure, an overview of the rotogravure market, the rotogravure printing process, cylinders, doctor blades, substrate and ink options, color and design considerations, and more. This two day training addresses various topics through hands-on activities accompanied with presentations and discussion and at the end participants will leave the class with a strong understanding of the fundamentals of rotogravure printing and be able to troubleshoot a variety of gravure related issues upon return to their respective facility.

Training Benefits:

  • The basics background, principle and elements of rotogravure printing.
  • Important factors (density, print sharpness, gray balance, dot gain, dot loss, print contrast, ink trapping, pH, humidity, viscosity, temperature) in the printing process.
  • Advance techniques of half tone and spot color printing and its benefits.
  • Of engraved cylinders, characteristics, specification and critical parameters, precaution and cleaning.
  • Of doctor blades, role, types, angle and possible problems due to doctor blades with its cause and remedies including handling & storage of doctor blades.
  • Gravure inks, composition, nature, and critical ink parameters.
  • Of gravure substrate & nature of substrate and properties that affect print quality in production run.
  • More than 25 problems appeared in rotogravure printing, with possible causes and effective solutions.
  • How to improve and calculate OEE and ink mileage in the printing industry.
  • Environmental impacts of gravure printing, possible pollutants and its treatment for green manufacturing.

Who Should Attend?

  • Those new to the prepress and offset printing industry
  • Printers/ slitters Operators and Helpers
  • Quality Control Technicians.
  • Plant Management and Supervisors.
  • Prepress and Graphic Designers.
  • Sales and Customer Service Representatives.
  • Ink room technicians / Ink matchers.
  • Packaging Technologists.

Training Outcomes:

  • Better rotogravure process understanding to work in printing industry.
  • Better troubleshooting to online printing problems after understanding its root cause.
  • Engraved cylinders, doctor blades, substrate and inks basic knowledge to process team for consistent print quality.
  • High and high consistent quality and efficient productivity in addition to job profitability.
  • Better colour consistency throughout production run and color standardization.
  • Materials waste, defects as well as downtime reduction for printing process.
  • Standardization of anilox/plate and doctor blades quality variables and press parameters for consistent printing..
  • Effective implementation of SOPs and standards as per ISO requirements in the printing industry.