To bring gravure technology into the classroom and laboratory, the author visited a gravure engraving plant. With photographic illustrations, he describes an automated engraving operation and a manual-oriented cylinder proofing operation.
Gravure imaging by means of cylinder engraving and proofing requires special-purpose equipment, skilled operators, and capital investment in process automation and environmental compliance. This makes an engraving company, such as Keating, a valuable supplier to many packaging printers. The same reason makes teaching gravure technology with hands-on components almost impossible unless there is a business model to help sustain the financial viability of these resources within a university system.
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