Effect of Blanket Properties on Web Tension in Offset Printing
2010 (English)In: Advances in Printing and Media Technology, Montreal, Canada, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
VTT and KCL together with several companies in the printing value chain have studied how to control web tension in different parts of a printing press. Extensive trials on printing presses, at pilot scale and at laboratory scale have yielded data for modeling work. Modeling was carried out with statistical methods and by finite element method (FEM). Results show the extent to which paper and printing blankets affect tension formation in a printing press. The main emphasis of this paper is on the effect different printing blanket types have on web tension.It was found that printing blankets have a clear effect on web tension. The degree of tension change is affected by the type of blanket, nip pressure, distances between the blankets, moisture, paper properties and the combination of blanket types in different printing units. Depending on their feeding properties and their effect on web tension, in general, the blankets can be distinguished as negative, neutral and positive. Also the blanket’s effect on web tension is influenced strongly by the type of adjacent blankets. The interactions of fountain solution, ink, nip, blanket and paper had also an effect on the tension formation. The paper experiences a very high rate of strain inside the printing nips, which can affect the paper’s response and therefore tension after the nips. Results suggest that tension cannot be solely predicted with the elastic paper properties measured by conventional methods.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Montreal, Canada, 2010.
offset printing, web tension, runnability, printing blanket, paper
Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-47712OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-47712DiVA: diva2:456072
QC 201111142011-11-112011-11-112011-11-14Bibliographically approved