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Flexographic plate mounting

  • The quality of flexographic printing often depends on how the plates are mounted: a softer mounting tape for halftone work and crisp lines, a firm tape for solid ink. Careful application of 3M products formulated specifically for flexo printing can help you achieve great results. By using the right technique for preparation, mounting, and plate removal, you’ll get optimum performance from the mounting tape. Proper surface preparation is important. It ensures that the plate mounting tape will develop consistent and optimum adhesion between both the back of the photopolymer printing plate, and the cylinder or sleeve.

Products for flexographic plate mounting

  • L-Series Tapes

    3M™ L-Series Tapes are designed to provide easy and clean removal of printing plates, to reduce plate damage, plus excellent resistance to plate lifting.

  • EH-Series Tapes

    3M™ EH-Series Tapes have higher plate side adhesion to resist edge lifting on cylinder diameters as small as 2 inches.

  • Easy Mount E-Tapes

    The plate-side adhesive of 3M™ E-Series Tapes maintains tight contact, yet peels off easily to reduce plate damage.

  • 3M™ Vinyl Tape 471

    Seals plate edges against ink and solvent penetration. Applies easily, bonds on contact, and conforms over plate edges.

  • 3M™ Aluminum Foil Tape 425

    Aluminum foil backing with transparent acrylic adhesive and easy-release liner. Also used to seal plate edges. 

  • 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Hot Melt Adhesive

    Alternative to tape seals. Just apply a barrier bead of adhesive between printing plate and mounting tape.

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