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Re: Heatset Litho vs Gravure


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From: Robert Gifford (gifford@epd.engr.wisc.edu)
Date: Mon Aug 23 1999 - 10:27:54 CDT


In a nutshell, heatset litho prints inks on paper and heats them for drying.
Gravure does a similar task, but in a different manner. Lithographic printing
plates have greasy areas where the image is and water where it is not.
Greasy inks are picked up on a cylinder and transferred to the paper. In
gravure, the cylinder carries an engraved image. Ink fills the image
depression, is scraped off the non-image areas, and is transferred to the
paper.

More information is available in part two of a descriptive paper on the
USEPA's web site,
http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/printing/usecluster/index.html

Hope this helps,

Bob Gifford
PNEAC

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