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Researching 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

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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 Process parameters

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.

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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 for Offset printing

Increased economic efficiency and sustainability of print production with heatset offset presses through independence from natural gas

Offset printing   01/01/2023

The research project is intended to help make print production with heatset offset presses more economical and sustainable.

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Mackle and CO2 savings through paper-dependent pre-adjustment of sheet-fed offset presses

Offset printing   08/31/2022

The aim is to establish a new paper characteristic value that allows to predict the expected solid tone densities and tone value increases.

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Prepress technology   08/24/2022

The aim of this project is to develop a cross-process print quality assessment procedure (ISO score)

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Visual and metrological characterization of metallic effects to increase process reliability in packaging printing

Prepress technology   06/01/2022

The aim is to clarify which properties in human perception are responsible for the expression of the metallic effect.

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Printing standard for seven-colour offset packaging printing

Offset printing   09/01/2021

The aim is to characterise OGV printing inks, folding boxboard and label papers on the market using laboratory techniques.

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Material compatibility and deinking of mineral oil free Coldset inks

Offset printing   03/01/2021

The aim is to improve the deinkability of mineral oil-free newspaper inks and to establish a new reference set for the swelling behavior.

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Communication of characteristic values describing the metallic appearance of prints

Offset printing   10/31/2020

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

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

Offset printing   03/31/2020

Within the scope of the research project, an already existing laboratory method for testing the residual strength is to be further developed.

Laboratory method residual strength of paper

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.

Hsi measuring test form


Technical Committee Offset Printing

Offset printing   11/19/2024

The next meeting of the TC Offset Printing will take place on 19 November 2024 together with the TC Packaging & Print Finishing.

Jürgen Gemeinhardt

Head of Printing Techniques

+49 89 431 82 - 256

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