Miniature corrugated is a new type of corrugated cardboard, such as F, N, G and so on. Miniature corrugated cardboard has been regarded as the mainstream of the future market for corrugated board packaging because it has the dual effects of better physical properties and printing quality of corrugated board and cardboard. Taking the European and American markets as examples, companies in the United States, Sweden, Germany, and other countries have expanded their traditional A, B, C, and E types to F (with a height of 0.75 mm) with the in-depth study of corrugated miniaturization. ,G楞(0.50mm),N楞(楞0.46mm), O楞(楞0.30mm), the total output accounts for about 8% of corrugated board. Miniature corrugated board will gradually replace cardboard, such as parcel boxes, frozen food boxes and heavy industrial boxes. In particular, cartons exceeding 400 g/m2 will be replaced by ultra-thin quilts. It can be said that in the packaging of small home appliances, hardware tools, computer software, household utensils, toys, fast food, and other color boxes, the design of micro-tiles will set off an upsurge. At present, it is a trend to replace E-papers that use color printing with micro-corrugated cardboard. A large number of packaging users use cardboard boxes, and many large companies have begun to use G-boards for packaging. According to related data, the ultra-thin corrugated paperboard market will grow at an alarming rate of 20% annually.

The advantages of miniature corrugated

Good bursting and flexing performance

Miniature corrugated is the finest corrugated in production at present. The potential advantages of using this corrugated material in packaging are excellent bursting resistance and flexing performance, as well as light weight and thin plate. As the market demand changes, it will produce Increasing influence.

Excellent stacking strength and gasket protection for merchandise

Miniature corrugated sheets have excellent stacking strength and gasket protection for merchandise, and they can be used for high-quality, luxury-pattern printing. In Europe, miniature corrugated carton cartons have largely replaced cartons in general carton packs and are widely used in the packaging of household goods, computers, electrical products, clothing, toys, washing and cosmetics.

Corrugated smooth and better printability

The remarkable feature of miniature corrugated is that it is smoother than E-type corrugated and has better printability and good processing performance. In the carton processing, no need to replace the equipment such as drum die-cutting machine of the original processing board, even in the flat panel. Die cutting machine for processing. Due to the low grammage of micro-corrugated board, the material cost is also reduced, and in addition to its excellent performance, the competitiveness of its market is also optimistic about the insiders.

Miniature corrugated board offset printing process

Choosing a printing machine that satisfies the offset printing process for printed mini-corrugated board

Since the micro-corrugated cardboard interlayer is a corrugated support, it is easily deformed by pressure and causes variations in the printed dots. Therefore, the control of the printing pressure during printing is required to be very accurate. The printing pressure is too large, the corrugation is deformed and the dot is enlarged; the printing pressure is small, the dot transfer is incomplete or the dots are made to be imaginary, and the final printing reduction effect is poor. Therefore, the correct choice of machines is particularly critical. The printing machines that can meet this requirement on the market today include the KBA-Rapida sheetfed offset press and the R905-6LV offset press.

Choose a special blanket suitable for printing on miniature corrugated cardboard

Due to the special nature of micro-corrugated cardboard, special air-cushion blankets with high elasticity and high ink transmission performance were used in the development of direct offset printing micro-corrugated cardboard. Thanks to the good pressure-bearing properties of the blanket, it can relieve the sharp increase in pressure during printing, minimize the deformation of the micro-corrugated board, and minimize the reduction effect of the printing plate dot. The specific requirements for oak cloth are as follows:

The choice of hardness: The hardness of the blanket is the key to the integrity of the printed dot transfer. High hardness, easy to wear plate, but the transfer of clear dots; low hardness, easily deformed dots.

Small compression deformation: In the high-speed printing process, the rubber blanket will be periodically compressed and deformed, resulting in compression fatigue, which will cause permanent deformation for a long time, reduce the thickness of the blanket, reduce the elasticity, and increase the hardness.

Good ink transfer performance: The blanket as the intermediate carrier for dot transmission must have good ink adsorption capacity, ink transfer performance, and strong water repellent performance. Oil and solvent resistance on the surface: The surface layer of the blanket must have good oil and solvent resistance, prevent swelling due to contact with chemicals during printing, and cause dot distortion.

Elongation is appropriate: the fabric of the bottom cloth of the blanket is required to be fine and uniform, smooth and firm, and the expansion and contraction rate is small, and the inner adhesive layer overlaps and has good adhesive performance, and is not easily split, and the vertical and horizontal directions are absolutely vertical. In order to avoid the blanket being easily stretched in the printing process, the adhesive layer will be thinned and the elasticity will be reduced, which will cause the dots to be expanded and deformed and the overprinting will be inaccurate. After several trials, a special air-cushion blanket can be used that satisfies the correct transfer of corrugated board offset printing dots.

Water and ink balance control during printing

The ink emulsification rate is strictly controlled during printing, and the control of the “washboard” problem in printing is the control of the ink-moisture balance and the printing pressure in the offset printing process, and is the control of the consistency of the micro-corrugated board thickness and the best control point of the moisture content. The control of ink and water balance during printing is very important. It directly affects the print quality and appearance quality of printed products. The ink balance during printing is the emulsification process of water in the ink, and the amount of dampening fluid in the miniature corrugated plate offset printing is controlled smaller than that in the normal offset printing. Because the addition of water can cause "washboard" problems after the micro-corrugated board is printed, the control of the ink emulsification rate during printing is also critical.

Choose inks that meet abrasion resistance, high flow, and high tinting strength

Due to the shape of the surface of the micro-corrugated cardboard, the colored surface is uneven. Therefore, if the ink is selected incorrectly during printing, the ink dot above the peak of the corrugated medium will be completely restored, and the dots in the valley will only be It will come into contact with the surface part of the printing material. Therefore, if you want to avoid bright and dark spots, you must ensure that the ink can be completely transferred even in incomplete contact. Therefore, we must choose a more flexible ink to meet this requirement.

Selecting miniature corrugated cardboard materials that meet the printing requirements

Miniature corrugated cardboard is defined primarily by two parameters—height in inches or millimeters, and lay length in watts per foot or meter. For example, F-type corrugated cardboard has a thickness of 0.75 mm and 420 watts per meter. At present, there are micro-type corrugated iron, E-type, F-type, N-type, O-type and so on.

In direct offset printing, the selection of corrugated paper is another important factor affecting the quality of printing. Because there is water printing, we must choose good quality corrugated raw materials, otherwise it will cause the corrugated board to soften and cannot be accurately printed.

The raw materials of corrugated paper can be roughly divided into two categories: primary fiber paper and secondary fiber paper (recycled paper). Therefore, in order to ensure the printing quality, a corrugated cardboard made of fiber paper should be selected.

After the micro-corrugated cardboard is subjected to plastic deformation under pressure, how to reduce the plastic deformation during printing is very important. It has been proved that when horizontal silk corrugated cardboard is used in printing, due to the corrugated direction and the pressure of the printing line, the horizontal corrugated cardboard has large plastic deformation and corrugated crushing, which makes printing difficult. When using straight-line corrugated cardboard, the direction of corrugation and printing The direction of the line pressure is criss-cross and the pressure of the printing line is dispersed. The plastic deformation of the corrugated cardboard is greatly reduced, and no corrugation crush phenomenon occurs, and the printing dot transfer performance is good. Therefore, offset printing chooses straight wire micro-corrugated cardboard as the printing material.

The uniformity of the thickness of the micro-corrugated cardboard is another requirement for direct offset printing of high-grade color micro-corrugated board. Because the inconsistency of the thickness of the micro-corrugated cardboard will cause variations in the printing pressure caused by dot variation.

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