Offset

Printing Method

Offset printing is the most commonly used printing process in which ink is applied to the printing plate and then transferred to a rubber blanket. The image on the blanket is then transferred to the substrate (typically paper or paperboard) to produce the printed product. The process is based on the incompatibility of oil and water. The offset technique employs a flat printing plate on which the image obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing hydrophilic area attracts a water-based fountain solution, keeping the hydrophobic areas ink-free.

Machine Examples

Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 162 (Card 1A)

Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 162 (Card 1A)
CategoriesIndexBackground information
max. printing width1.620 mm 
max. colors12 
space requirement227 m² 
variety of materials3paper, cardboard, plastic foil
max. printing output29.403 m²/h15.000 sheets/h
gripper margin11 mm 

manroland Roland 900 XXL (Card 1B)

manroland Roland 900 XXL (Card 1B)
CategoriesIndexBackground information
max. printing width1.850 mm 
max. colors10 
space requirement174 m² 
variety of materials3paper, cardboard, plastic foil
max. printing output28.638 m²/h12.000 sheets/h
print accuracy10 μm 

Goss Sunday 5000 (Card 1C)

Goss Sunday 5000 (Card 1C)
CategoriesIndexBackground information
max. printing width2.860 mm 
max. colors12 
space requirement540 m² 
variety of materials1paper
max. printing output155.470 m²/h15,1 m/s
printig accurancy150 μm 

KBA Commander CT 6/2 (Card 1D)

KBA Commander CT 6/2 (Card 1D)
CategoriesIndexBackground information
max. printing width2.520 mm 
max. colors4 
space requirement160 m² 
variety of materials1paper
max. printing output138.373 m²/h 
revolution per hour47.500 rpm