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Several Simple Measures to Improve the Overlapping Rate of Water-based ink

Date:2023-06-29  From:Star Color   


1.Adjust ink viscosity: The viscosity of waterborne ink affects its flow and spreading characteristics. If the ink is too thick, it may not spread evenly, leading to poor overlapping. Conversely, if the ink is too thin, it may spread too much, reducing the overlapping effect. Adjusting the ink viscosity to an optimal level can enhance the overlapping rate. Consult the ink manufacturer's guidelines or conduct some trials to find the appropriate viscosity for your printing process.

2.Optimize ink formulation: The composition of the ink, including the pigments, binders, additives, and solvents, plays a crucial role in its performance. Ensure that you are using high-quality ink formulated specifically for waterborne applications. Work closely with the ink manufacturer to optimize the formulation to improve the overlapping rate.

3.Control ink film thickness: The thickness of the ink film influences the overlapping rate. If the ink film is too thin, it may not provide adequate coverage and color intensity. On the other hand, if the ink film is too thick, it may result in excessive spreading and poor overlapping. Optimize the ink film thickness by adjusting the printing parameters such as mesh count, squeegee pressure, and printing speed.

4.Maintain proper screen tension: Screen tension affects the ink transfer and control during the printing process. Inadequate screen tension can lead to uneven ink deposition and poor overlapping. Regularly monitor and maintain the proper tension of your screens to ensure consistent ink transfer and improve the overlapping rate.

5.Optimize printing parameters: Fine-tuning the printing parameters can significantly impact the overlapping rate. Experiment with variables such as ink deposit, squeegee angle, flood and print speeds, and off-contact distance. These adjustments can help you achieve better control over ink deposition and improve the overlapping effect.

6.Use appropriate mesh count: The mesh count of the screen affects ink transfer and the amount of ink deposited on the substrate. Using a higher mesh count can help control ink flow and enhance the overlapping rate. Consider the characteristics of your artwork and substrate to determine the optimal mesh count for your printing application.

7.Conduct regular maintenance: Regularly clean and maintain your printing equipment, including screens, squeegees, and flood bars. Ink buildup and debris can affect ink transfer and lead to poor overlapping. Proper maintenance ensures consistent ink flow and improves the overall printing quality.

Remember, achieving optimal results may require some experimentation and fine-tuning based on your specific printing setup and requirements. It is advisable to consult with ink manufacturers and printing experts for further guidance tailored to your specific application.