Ask PNEAC Archive: Re: Heatset Litho vs Gravure

Re: Heatset Litho vs Gravure

Robert Gifford (
Mon, 23 Aug 1999 10:27:54 -0500

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From: "Robert Gifford" <>
Subject: Re: Heatset Litho vs Gravure
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 10:27:54 -0500

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

More information is available in part two of a descriptive paper on the
USEPA's web site,

Hope this helps,

Bob Gifford

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