Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Flexography: A History

Since it was first used, flexography has gone through significant advances. The process has improved much that it is now extensively used in color printing on different substrates. 

Initially, flexography is called aniline printing since aniline dye inks were used in the process. However, the Food and Drug Administration classified aniline as suitable for food packaging in the 1940w. This resulted in the decline in sales of printing. In 1949, new and safe inks were used in aniline printing but despite the change sales continued to decline. This brought about the need to rename the process. After a poll conducted by Mosstype Corporation, the winning name was flexographic process. 

Improvements in flexography continue until today. It’s not impossible that we’ll see great advancements in the near future. It’s impossible not to come in contact with a flexographic printed product in a day since most materials today are created through this process. This includes plastic bags, foil, labels, envelopes, gift wrapping paper, and many others.     

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