PRINTING BLANKETS -- Got Ya Covered
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Available in three- and four-ply to accommodate most presses, The Edge from Gans Ink is said to provide maximum saturation with no additional dot gain, enabling printers to push the capabilities of their presses to the limit. Providing precision and longevity, The Edge features a proprietary sub-face that resists edge-cutting and smashing, adding to the integrity of the ultra-smooth, buffed surface. Some benefits of The Edge line include: less linting due to reduced tack; reduces paper and ink piling; minimal dot gain and dense solids; and easy washups.
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From Reeves Brothers, Vulcan 2000 Plus and Vulcan 2000 Plus SR printing blankets offer good resistance to gauge loss and feature excellent dynamic mechanical properties for sharp dot reproduction. They transfer ink efficiently with low levels of distortion. Vulcan blankets assure exceptional web or sheet release and consistent, accurate gauge. Benefits of this line include improving smash resistance and service life; allows users to print closer to the gap, while eliminating sinking; requires less retensioning; and reduces slippage on the cylinder and at the printing nip.
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The Gerber Innovations Sector automatic coating blanket cutter offers an entirely new approach to producing coating blankets, making coating blanket preparation an integral part of a prepress workflow. Coating blankets produced on the Gerber Sector provide coating accuracy exceeding that with hand-cut blankets, and ensure proper registration with printed images. Perhaps most important, the Gerber Sector reportedly provides a speedy and verifiable return on investment.
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For more information on printing blanket manufacturers, use the reader service card in this issue, refer to our July Master Specifier issue, page 50, or visit www.piworld.com/doc/masterspec.html
GATF Examines Blankets
According to a new original research study on blanket variables, proper torque affects print quality the most. In cooperation with seven blanket manufacturers, the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) conducted the study of various blankets and their effects on print quality and sheet movement to promote product development and printer awareness.