Printing process

Anilox rollers can be used for various printing processes and are selected depending on the transfer medium used and the print product. Different printing processes can be used for the different printing projects. Several printing processes such as flexographic printing, offset printing, digital or screen printing are available for label printing alone. A distinction is made between basic printing processes in printing technology.

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Printing processes in printing technology

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Printing processes in printing technology

Letterpress process

With the letterpress printing process, a mirror-inverted printing form of the print image is created. The raised parts of the printing form are then provided with ink. With this direct printing process, the prepared printing form is pressed directly onto the material to be printed. Letterpress is one of the oldest printing processes in the world and was first used in 1450. The letterpress printing process is used in flexographic printing, packaging printing and corrugated cardboard printing.

Planographic process

One of the most popular printing techniques is the indirect planographic printing process. In contrast to letterpress and gravure printing, with this printing technique the two printing components are on the same level. With this printing technique, the ink applied is not pressed directly from the printing plate onto the object to be printed, but rather by a printing roller. One of the best-known planographic printing processes is offset printing. But printing techniques such as lithographic printing, collotype printing, photochromic printing and polyfoil printing are also part of the planographic printing process.

Gravure printing process

In contrast to letterpress, gravure printing processes the print image as a recess (cavity) in the printing form. The cavities are filled with ink and pressed against the print object. Due to the complex production of the printing plates, this printing technique is primarily used for productions with a large number of copies, such as wallpaper or newspaper printing.

Digital printing

The latest printing process is digital printing. With this mechanical printing technique, a solid printing body is no longer required and the digital printing template is transferred directly to the printing material. This type of printing distinguishes between various printing techniques such as inkjet printing, laser printing and 3D printing.


In through-printing, also called screen printing, the ink is pressed onto the object to be printed through a stretched screen or fabric. For the printing of motifs and colors, various stencils are made and the fabric to be printed is covered. This type of printing is used in textile printing.

At Zecher GmbH you will find common printing processes and individual industry solutions perfectly tailored to you and your company. In addition to label printing, our printing techniques also include various forms of surface coating. Discover the diversity of Zecher GmbH!

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Individual solutionsThe right printing process for every challenge

The challenges in printing these days can be very diverse. As an anilox roller manufacturer we also offer you individual services in addition to the standard ones, which we tailor to your requirements and your area of application. Here you will find a selection of our offers as part of individual solutions.

Print sample evaluation

Conception of belt roller tests

Deep cleaning with Flexowash and ultrasound

Advice on basic machine equipment

Support and handling of projects

Customized engraving technologies

Workshops and employee training

and much more.

With the anilox roller tailored to your needs, we can provide the best possible support for your printing results and your process performance. We are ready to break new ground with you in order to master your printing challenges! As pioneers of the anilox roller, we work together with all large, well-known printing machine manufacturers and would be happy to advise you on the optimum anilox roller solution for your specific area of application.

Printing service

As an anilox roller manufacturer, we work closely with our customers and therefore know that the range of printing challenges is diverse. We are happy to support you with your individual printing projects and are ready to break new ground to solve your problem.

Our application technology as well as our research and development not only have a heart for printing and a wealth of experience, modern measuring equipment is also available in our in-house laboratory. To give you an insight into our work, you will find a selection of our printing technology services here.

Coordination of ink transfer with repro requirements
Proofs to determine the exact transfer weight
Analysis to reduce ink consumption
Analysis of your rollers

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Dates – Trade fairs

  • Labelexpo Europe
    11.09.2023 bis 14.09.2023
    Halle 5, Stand E33

Specification pyramid

The requirements for flexographic printing today are diverse. Whether you are printing on foil, paper, cardboard or other substrates – from intensive areas, fine lettering and illustrations to the finest gradients, your result has to be right at all times. Our anilox rollers are perfectly tailored to your requirements. In order to make it easier for you to choose the right specification, we have developed a tool for orientation with our specification pyramid. Despite tailor-made solutions, you benefit from the advantages of standardization with this tool at the same time. A plannable and reproducible print quality and the complete functionality of our products in your machine is the goal of our development and production.

Screen 70, Full-HD

Highest resolution for halftone prints of 70, 80 L / cm and above. Reproduction of the finest gradients, as well as reproduction techniques in 7-color printing. Full HD engraving is especially suitable for all HD plate technologies/types and enables you to print in perfect HD quality.

Screen 60, HD-Ready

HD flexographic printing with halftone prints of 60 L/cm and above. This engraving offers you the ideal technical opportunity to take the first step into the future of high-resolution motifs.

Screen 54

Scale prints and gradients up to 54 L/cm. With this specification you print in impressive quality with full production reliability.

Cross 48

As a combination engraving, this specification level meets your requirements for halftone prints up to 48 L/cm. With this generation of rollers, you can print process and brand colors in the best quality.

Cross 40

We recommend this specification group especially for special colors, gradients and halftone prints up to 40 L/cm. This is the best way to get started in the field of high-quality combination printing.


The most economical way to achieve intensive areas, also in combination with fonts and EAN codes, is with this flexo standard. This engraving level is characterized by high densities and calm areas and is therefore also ideal for special colors. Do you work at the highest speed? No problem for our anilox rollers in this range.


The right foundation not only for packaging printing. As a conventional basis, this engraving level enables you to achieve high density and high opacities for your white or surface printing.

Together we will find the right printing process for your success. We look forward to receiving your inquiry!


Our lineometros enable you to quickly determine raster widths in the range from 30 to 80 lines per cm. You can request your free lineometro from us using our contact form!

Explanations regarding the lineometro


Millimeter scale with 0.5 mm graduation.

Determination of raster widths in the range from 30 to 80 L/cm. By placing and rotating the fan beam accordingly, a moiré is produced, which has its center over the corresponding raster width. For example, with a 60 raster, this moiré then also appears in the 30 L/cm range. As an example, the figure shows the fan beam with a 34 line raster (L/cm).

Lines from 0.05 to 5.00 mm for determining line widths.

Inch scale with 0.025 inch graduation.

Font sizes from 5 to 16 pt capital height.

Conversion units from the metric to the imperial system and vice versa.

Protractor over 180° with 1° graduation. Placing it on the raster at a right angle results in a moiré, which has its center above the corresponding screen angle. The illustration shows the protractor with a 45° raster as an example.