Flexographic plate mounting tapes
The best possible choice for flexographic printers
Today, packaging with sophisticated printing is mainly produced flexographically – the principle industrial printing process worldwide. Flexographic printing can be used for a range of materials, requires only short print preparation times, is low-cost, and produces very good quality print.
The process uses flexible photopolymer plates with a backing layer, a light-sensitive relief layer, and a protective film coating. After a finishing process, the plates are mounted on a sleeve or print cylinder using a double sided plate mounting tape.
tesa’s Softprint® range of plate mounting tapes has been tailored precisely to meet the different printing process requirements. For example, fine dots require a harder printing plate, which, in turn, demands a softer, lower density foam tape. Firmer, higher density foams, on the other hand, are better suited to colour transfer in solid and combination printing.
Printing plates mounted with tesa Softprint® tapes can be mounted smoothly, repositioned easily, and removed simply, all without residue after demounting: advantages which make tesa plate mounting tapes the best possible choice for flexographic printers. tesa Softprint® Steel Master tapes are for mounting onto steel cylinders and tesa Softprint® Sleeve Master for sleeves.
Additionally tesa has a complimentary range of tapes for edge sealing of printing plates, core starting, roller wrapping and flagging and end-tabbing, as well as tesa EasySplice FilmLine for reliable splicing of the low surface energy films such as polyethylene used for many packing applications.
|Application||Product||Foam Type||Thickness (µm)|
|Plate mounting||tesa 52020 Softprint® Steel Master ||Hard||560|
|tesa 52021 Softprint® Steel Master ||Medium||560|
|tesa 52022 Softprint® Steel Master ||Soft||560|
|tesa 52120 Softprint® Steel Master TP||Hard||560|
|tesa 52121 Softprint® Steel Master TP||Medium||560|
|tesa 52122 Softprint® Steel Master TP||Soft||560|
|tesa 52220 Softprint® Sleeve Master ||Hard||560|
|tesa 52221 Softprint® Sleeve Master ||Medium||560|
|tesa 52222 Softprint® Sleeve Master ||Soft||560|
|tesa 52223 Softprint® x-Soft||Extra-Soft||560|
|Splicing||tesa 51905 EasySplice Film||Paper||110|
|Edge Sealing||tesa 53016||PVC||137|
|Plate cleaning||tesa 52064||Paper||110|
|Roller wrapping||tesa 4563 (smooth)||Si-coated fabric||340|
|tesa 4863 (pimpled)||Si-coated fabric||620|
|Core starting||tesa 4959||Non-woven||115|
|Flagging/end tabbing||tesa 4104||PVC||67|