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Offset printing

The research projects are directly related to printing practice. In most cases, a connection is established between the print quality, the process parameters and the materials used. The results also contribute to the further development of national and international standardisation.

Focus areas

Print quality

The term print quality does not only refer to optical properties such as colour, gloss, detail reproduction, print evenness or image register. It also includes ink adhesion or other strength properties of the printed product.

Print production and process parameters

In order to ensure economical and high-quality print production, sophisticated adjustment and control of the printing machine is required. Furthermore, the parameters stipulated in the standardization concept, solid tone colour and tone value increases, as well as ink acceptance in multicolour overprinting, must be adhered to.

Material influences

The interaction of the materials substrate, ink, dampening solution, blanket and printing plate is crucial for achieving a satisfactory print quality. They also have a major influence on solid tone colour and tone value increases as well as the stability of the printing process.

Research projects

Integration of the highspeed inkjet into conventional offset production environments

Offset printing   10/31/2019

Typical offset print products are to be identified and provided with quality requirements that are customary in practice.

Communication of metrological parameters to describe the metallic appearance of prints

Offset printing   11/01/2018

Objective parameters are to be established which correlate with the visual impression of printed metal surfaces.

Laboratory method for the practical and reproducible determination of the residual strength of papers for heatset web offset printing

Offset printing   04/01/2018

The research project will further develop an existing laboratory method for testing residual strength.

Modelling the printing behaviour in sheet-fed offset printing on the basis of measurable paper properties

Offset printing   04/01/2018

The aim is to determine the factors influencing solid tone colouring and tone value increases in sheet-fed offset on the paper side.

Reduction of "Picture Framing" in sheet-fed offset printing through targeted selection of material and application parameters

Offset printing   01/31/2018

The research project aims to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms by which “Picture Framing” occurs.


Technical Committee Offset Printing

Offset printing   04/12/2021

The next meeting of the TC Offset Printing will take place on 12 April 2021 together with the TC Packaging & Print Finishing.

Jürgen Gemeinhardt

Head of Printing Techniques

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