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Researching Packaging & Print finishing

The research section deals with topics of industrial bookbinding, print finishing and packaging production. A large number of bookbinding projects have resulted in limit values and tolerance specifications that have established themselves as technical guidelines or standards in the industry.

Focus areas

Print finishing

The research focus primarily covers the techniques of varnishing, film laminating and stamping and represents the link between printing and the final print finishing process itself. Research projects are being conducted to develop devices for testing printed sheets (prior to finishing) and varnish adhesion. In the field of film laminating, influencing variables on film adhesion are investigated and a limit value for bookbinding finishing is being worked out.

Bookbinding finishing

Industrial bookbinding has always been associated with a high production risk, which requires research. The main topics are binding quality, gluing technology, material properties and testing, acceptance criteria for technical and optical deviations, transport and time delayed damage.

Packaging production

Packaging production has a solid place in Fogra research. The projects focus primarily on printed carton packaging (folding cartons) and labels, and address issues such as creasing, punching, perforating and gluability.

Research projects for Packaging & Print finishing

Binding capability of printing papers

Packaging & Print finishing   03/04/2021

Development of a method for evaluating the perfect binding capability of uncoated printing papers for high-speed inkjet printing.

Process parameters of film laminations

Packaging & Print finishing   03/04/2021

Material and process characteristics of film laminations to predict thermal and mechanical resistance.


Development of a method to evaluate the coating strength of printing papers for bookbinding

Packaging & Print finishing   03/01/2016

Two methods for evaluating the line break in the fold were developed: the inner fold test and the outer fold test.

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Material, process, finishing and climatic influences on the appearance of metallic effects in printing

Packaging & Print finishing   02/28/2014

Metallic prints were characterised in different printing processes with different inks and on different substrates.

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Investigation of the influence parameters in the pull test within the context of the further development of an optimised and standardisable test method

Packaging & Print finishing   09/01/2010

The new “page-pull test”, resulting from the project, became an international standard (ISO 19594).

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Technical Committee Packaging & Print Finishing

Packaging & Print finishing   12/06/2023

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

Florian Hirschhalmer

Packaging & Print finishing

+49 89 431 82 - 275

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