BASIC INFORMATION - Printing Options

Tilsner Carton Company utilizes several printing techniques to meet the requirements of the job and your budget. Please use the menu to the left to read about our various techniques.

Flexo Printing

Flexography is the most common process used to print packaging. The corrugated is pulled through a series of stations, or print units. Each print unit is printing a single color. The various tones and shading are achieved by overlaying basic shades of ink.

This technology employs plates with raised images (relief) and only the raised images come in contact with the corrugated during printing.

Our flexo presses accommodate sheets up to 66"x170", have high-end printing up to 360 line screen, and shorten production time by slotting, scoring, folding and gluing.

Our onsite ink kitchen saves time and ensures consistency.

Litho Offset Printing

As an alternative to printing directly on corrugated, the lithographic process offers crisper images and enhanced color flexibility by printing onto large or small labels that are then mounted onto corrugated.

The basic principle of offset printing is that oil and water do not mix. A litho printing plate has non-image areas which absorb water. The plate is kept moist throughout so that ink only adheres to image areas.

During every cycle of the press the ink image is first transferred to a rubber surfaced offset cylinder and from there to the paper.

The offset cylinder's flexibility preserves the delicate plates and conforms to the surface of textured papers.

Tilsner Carton Company has two laminating machines that apply litho labels to corrugated. We have the capacity to do full or partial label mounting. Our Stock Laminator takes a sheet up to 65" x 100" and can mount a label up to 60" x 78". Our new Automatan A Plus can apply a label that is 81" x 81".

Digital Printing

Digital printing does not require printing plates saving you time and money. Our new HP Industrial Press is ideal for prototyping, regional promotions and short runs. The sheet size is 65" x 126". It prints eight colors and provides optimal flesh tones. The inks are UV curable pigment inks which provide flexibility on bendable areas.

Screen Printing

Screen printing is a process of forcing ink through a tight screen which is mounted on a frame. The screen carries a stencil which defines the image area and is made of porous material which allows for full ink coverage on corrugated board. The board is generally screen printed prior to its conversion into a box or display. This method is ideal for those who desire a higher resolution image than flexo-printing provides. Full color graphics are available using screen printing.

We work with sheet sizes of up to 60" x 120". Utilizing up to 6 colors.