Gravure Printing

This printing process is used in high-output rotary presses. Here the printing elements take the form of small cells on the surface of the gravure form cylinder. The print image is generally transferred onto the cylinder by means of electromechanical engraving using a diamond stylus. During the course of the printing process, the printing cylinder is entirely coated in ink. A doctor blade then removes the excess ink from the surface and the only ink remaining is the ink in the cells. Then a rubber roller presses the paper web against the printing cylinder and the ink remaining in the cells is applied to the paper.

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