1. Flexographic Plate Mounting Tapes
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Flexographic Plate Mounting Tapes

Making Every Job Look the Best It Can

You care about your craft: you’re passionate about getting it right and dedicated to making sure every job that comes off your press is a work of art. What sets you apart is that your expertise doesn’t only reside inside your head, but also in the experience of your well-worn hands.

Expertise and experience both tell you that in flexographic printing you need plate mounting and printing tape solutions that deliver optimal, consistent and productive quality.

Every time. From every angle.


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Honor the Craft with the 3M Print Quality Advantage

You’ve devoted your career to the craft of flexographic printing. You want more than a supplier, you want a partner who can bring solutions and join you in looking at the bigger picture. 3M flexographic experts are devoted to finding ways to help you honor your commitment to the craft at all stages of the print process.

  • orange bar with word Plate-Mounting

    Plate mounting has to be perfect: it requires concentration and skill to mount the plate and configure cylinders correctly. We help you get it right.

  • orange bar with word On-Press

    During the print run you keep an eye on print quality, with a feel for how the press is running. We help keep each run rolling smoothly.

  • orange bar with word Post-Press

    When the run is done demounting becomes the moment of truth. We’ll help reduce the incidence of plate damage and worker fatigue.

Advantages of Flexographic Plate Mounting Tapes

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    Optimal

    You need the right flexographic tape for each job whether it’s low density to maximize dot reproduction, high density for a solid color field or something in between. We offer the industry's largest range of tape densities so you can choose the precise one to best fit the needs of the job in hand.

    Learn how we help you find the optimal combination of characteristics for each job from choosing the right density in the plate mounting room to choosing the right adhesive to help with post-press removal.

  • Workers walking past a flexographic press

    Consistent

    When you pull two samples you want them to look the same. We offer one of the industry’s tightest caliper tolerances so you know your flexographic tape is the same thickness whether it’s from the beginning or the end of the roll – or even a different roll.

    Learn more about how we can help you find consistency, from technologies that help eliminate air bubbles at mounting to adhesives that reduce plate damage at demounting.

  • Worker removing flexographic tape from a cylinder

    Productive

    Air bubbles and edge lift are the enemy, interrupting the run and killing productivity. Our flexographic mounting tapes can help, offering air-release and firm stick so your press keeps running.

    Learn more about how we help improve productivity with adhesive and foam characteristics that help throughout your process, from right-first-time mounting to demounting with less force for reduced plate damage and worker fatigue.

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    The technical society devoted exclusively to the flexographic printing industry.


Optimal

Find the Right Tape for the Results You Want

You work hard to make sure you’re picking the optimum solution for the entire job. In the plate mounting room you need to determine the right flexographic tape density for mounting the plate. On the press you need repeatable results so you don’t have to over-impress by the end of the run. And post-press you need to minimize damage while demounting.

3M science can help. We offer the industry’s largest range of tape densities so you can find the perfect match for the lines and halftones of the job you’re working on, with the 3M™ Comply™ Adhesive System to virtually eliminate air bubbles. We also offer different adhesion levels to help with demounting when the run is over.

Drawing of flexo printing process describing how 3M Flexo helps optimal performance during pre-, on- and post-press steps

 

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    Wide range of foam densities allows you to fine tune mounting tape selection.

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    Repeatable print results prevent the need to over-impress during press runs.

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    For L- and Pro-Series, easy plate demounting minimizes damage and replacement costs.


Flexographic Mounting Tape Density Considerations

When you require solid ink and crisp lines, choose a firm, high-density mounting tape. For halftone work where dot gain is a concern, a softer tape optimizes reproduction. To find the right flexographic tape for your needs, look for your preferred density.


Consistent

Different Conditions, Same Results

Details matter, and you know how to adapt as conditions change. You pay attention to everything: the speed of the press, the humidity of the press room, how the ink and paper are performing and so much more. In the end, you look for consistency: beginning to end, from one run to the next, even from one press to the next.

3M can help: we deliver consistency so you can deliver consistency. We offer one of the industry’s tightest caliper tolerances so you know that the piece of flexographic tape you use to mount a plate today will be the same as the piece you use tomorrow will be the same as the piece you use six months from now, even from different rolls. Micro-channels in our adhesive help eliminate air bubbles for consistent quality while the adhesive also performs dependably during demounting so plates and tape remove easily.

Drawing of flexo printing process describing how 3M Flexo helps optimal performance during pre-, on- and post-press steps

 

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    3M™ Comply™ air release technology allows for virtually bubble-free tape and plate application. It reduces print defects and allows easier mounting.

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    Performance is consistent time after time. Caliper tolerance meets demanding registration requirements.

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    You can count on longer plate life, clean removal, and no residue with 3M flexographic tapes.


Productive

The Less Drama the Better

“Stop the presses!” is great drama, but it’s a productivity killer. Productivity is about balance: you constantly readjust to that changing sweet spot where you can run smoothly at the highest possible speed without defects popping up. Your experience tells you how your press should look and feel when it’s running right, so you notice when something is a little off and hunt it down. You also need to maximize productivity in the plate mounting room to keep jobs moving and after the run to get plates and cylinders stored away or ready for the next run.

Our expertise can help. At 3M we know adhesives and we deliver flexographic tapes that provide both strong hold to prevent plate lift on sleeves and cylinders and the 3M™ Comply™ Adhesive System to help reduce air bubbles. Both features cut down on time spent remounting plates. After the press run our tapes allow plates to be demounted with less force to reduce worker fatigue and plate damage.

Drawing of flexo printing process describing how 3M Flexo helps optimal performance during pre-, on- and post-press steps

Drawing of flexo printing process with text. “How 3M flexo helps during each step of production – Productive. Pre-Press: Strong hold improves efficiency – prevents plate lift on sleeves and cylinders. On-Press: 3M™ Comply™ Adhesive System reduces air bubbles, which requires less downtime and remounts. Post & Off-Press: Knowledgeable 3M application engineers can assess your needs to keep your team efficient.”

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    Strong hold improves efficiency – prevents plate lift

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    3M™ Comply™ Adhesive System reduces air bubbles, resulting in less downtime and remounts.

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    Knowledgeable 3M application engineers and sales team can assess your needs to keep your team efficient.


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