Gravure Printing

Printing Method

The characteristic feature of gravure printing is that the image is etched or engraved with a laser into the printing plate. The non-image areas are at the original level. The engraved holes get filled with printing ink. At the same time a wiper or blade removes the ink on the non-image areas. The direct ink transfer from the printing plate to the substrate must be done by a high pressure. Therefore the substrate is getting blanked by the image areas of the printing plate. Typical for gravure printing is the “serrated teeth structure” which you can see by using a magnifier.

Machine Examples

Windmöller & Hölscher Heliostar S (Card 2A)

Windmöller & Hölscher Heliostar S (Card 2A)
CategoriesIndexBackground information
max. printing width1.600 mm 
max. colors14 
space requirement288 m² 
variety of materials5paper, cardboard, board, plastic foil, metal foil
max. printing output43.200 m²/h400 m/min
depth of cells70 μm 

BOBST Rotomec 4004X HS (Card 2B)

BOBST Rotomec 4004X HS (Card 2B)
CategoriesIndexBackground information
max. printing width1.650 mm 
max. colors12 
space requirement200 m² 
variety of materials5paper, cardboard, board, plastic foil, metal foil
max. printing output59.400 m²/h600 m/min
contact pressure12 kg/cm 

H.C. Moog 8 TBR 740/1040 (Card 2C)

H.C. Moog 8 TBR 740/1040 (Card 2C)
CategoriesIndexBackground information
max. printing width1.040 mm 
max. colors8 
space requirement155 m² 
variety of materials3paper, cardboard, metal foil
max. printing output9.235 m²/h10.000 sheets/h
max. substrate thickness600 g/m² 

KBA TR12 (Card 2D)

KBA TR12 (Card 2D)
CategoriesIndexBackground information
max. printing width4.320 mm 
max. colors8 
space requirement1.000 m² 
variety of materials2paper, cardboard
max. printing output233.280 m²/h960 m/s
weight500 t 

Info: KBA production until 2007, now Cerutti.