High reproducibility, Simple to operate, Consistent results.
Worldwide the best printability tester for solvent based, UV curing and water based flexo inks.
Includes gravure mode!
NEW: Now pre-inking of the anilox roller for even better results!
Makes colour strips with flexo or gravure inks which can be used for many purposes.
Specially designed for computerized colour measuring and colour matching systems.
Saves costs because colour matching tests on the printing presses are no longer necessary.
The principal properties of the F1 are:
The F1 printability tester produces colour strips suitable for many purposes, such as:
The F1 tester prints all sorts of coated and uncoated materials: paper, board, plastic film, cellophane, laminate, labels, textiles etc.
The F1 tester is used in the following industries:
The F1 tester consists of a combination of inking section with engraved anilox roller and doctor blade and a printing section with printing form (photopolymer) and an impression cylinder. The substrate is attached to a carrier and placed on the substrate guide, between the printing form and the impression cylinder. When the F1 is activated, the anilox disc and the substrate come into contact with the printing form and the doctor blade contacts the anilox.
With the aid of a pipette, a few drops of ink are applied to the nip between the doctor blade and the anilox. During the print the ink is wiped off and transferred from the anilox disc to the printing form and from the printing form to the substrate. Doctor blade, anilox disc and impression cylinder are then lifted automatically. In the multiple revolution mode the substrate is brought in contact with the printing form after the preset number of revolutions are made.
The substrate is removed for appraisal. The anilox disc, doctor blade and printing form are cleaned. In flexography the printing quality depends very much upon the printing speed, which is therefore adjustable from 0.2 to 1.5 m/s.
A two revolution print is made because this fills the engraved disc as well as possible with ink. The second part of the print is most suitable for evaluation. Between impression cylinder and printing form there is about 4 mm space, so that thick materials, like corrugated board, also can be printed.
The force between the anilox and the printing form and between the printing form and the substrate can be set independently between 10 and 500 N.
In case of the gravure mode the print is made on the substrate which is mounted directly on printing form cylinder.
Several versions are available for the application of different quantities of ink. Special engraved discs can be made on specification. A full range of gravure printing forms is available.
Printing form and printing cylinder
The F1 tester has several printing forms: solid and screened, in rubber and photopolymer. Customers' printing forms also can be used. The printing form is attached to the printing form cylinder with cliché (foam) tape.
The substrate carrier consists of a strip of plastic, covered with foam and hard polyester.