Adding graphics to your packaging builds brand recognition and establishes an eye-catching presence in the retail environment. With highly skilled graphics designers on staff, PCA can help you explore various options to enhance the appeal of your packaging.
PCA offers a wide variety of printing capabilities including:
Flexographic Direct Print (Flexo)
The most commonly used printing method for corrugated products, flexographic direct printing is an economical, versatile and high-quality process. We can apply up to six colors plus aqueous and UV coatings, and we can achieve image resolution between 45 and 110 lines per inch.
Flexographic preprint is a cost-effective printing option for higher-volume, high-resolution packaging and displays. It differs from direct printing in that the outside liner is printed (in roll form) before it is converted into corrugated sheets. By preprinting the liner before it is converted, this process provides high-quality images, color consistency and good color saturation. We can apply up to ten colors plus aqueous and UV coatings, and we can achieve image resolution between 45 and 133 lines per inch.
Lithographic Printing (Litho)
For high-impact graphics with near photographic quality, lithographic printing is a terrific option for smaller runs where flexibility in copy is a must. This process is performed on cut sheets, which are then applied to converted corrugated blanks. It is also well suited for high-volume needs through a manufacturing process known as singleface lamination. Image resolution ranges between 45 and 200 lines per inch.
Rotogravure Preprint (Gravure)
For high-quality images, color consistency and bright, rich color saturation, rotogravure printing is a cost-effective method for higher-volume, high-resolution packaging and displays. The outside liner is preprinted in roll form before being converted into corrugated sheets. Solvent-based, water-based, metallic, day-glo or fluorescent inks may be used. Plus PCA’s in-house filmless engraving capability minimizes turnaround time and prepress costs while accelerating speed to market.