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IGT Testing Systems has developed the advanced computerised F1 for flexo and gravure inks.

• The F1 makes colour strips with flexo and gravure inks, which can be used for many purposes.

• The F1 has specially been designed to aid computerised colour measuring and colour matching systems.

• The F1 saves on costs because colour testing on the printing presses is no longer necessary.



The F1 printability testers produce colour strips which are suitable for many purposes, such as:

•Measuring colour using colour measuring systems/spectrophotometers

•Use in colour matching systems

•Visual appraisal

•Density measurements, including establishing colour and density tolerances and determination of coverage, wear resistance, scratch resistance, flexibility, adhesion and gloss, ink transfer, light fastness and resistance to chemicals

•Testing printing quality.


The F1 tester prints all kinds of coated and uncoated materials:

•Paper, board, plastic film, cellophane, laminate, metal foil, etc.



The F1 tester can be used for flexo inks in the flexo mode and for gravure inks in the gravure mode. For flexo, the F1 tester consists of a combined inking section with engraved roller (engraved disc) and doctor blade and a printing section with printing form and impression cylinder. The substrate is attached to a substrate carrier and placed on the substrate guide, between the printing form and the impression cylinder.