Gravure Research Agenda: The Journey of a Test Form from Engraving to Proofing

Issue Information

This article originally appeared in the (02) February 2006 issue of Gravure Magazine


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.