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Printing surfaces

We have a great deal of experience in which paper and board surface properties are important in terms of printing results. In order for our customers to be able to develop an effective printing surface, we can help with analysing key properties such as:

  • topography or surface smoothness
  • ink/water absorption
  • contact angle and surface energy
  • porosity optical properties such as brightness, whiteness, opacity and gloss
  • compressibility
  • surface strength to avoid fragments being torn away
  • cracking on creasing and folding
  • coating thickness variation and white-top-mottle (WTM)

The desired printing surface contributes towards uniform ink transfer during the printing process, fast ink setting and drying, and adequate final print quality.

Surface treatment for an effective printing surface

You can come to us if you need help improving printing surfaces. The right coating improves both the printability and the optical properties of the paper or board. Calendering or glazing the paper or board gives a smoother surface but reduced opacity and rigidity. We can modify and produce test surfaces to achieve the desired surface properties.


Anita Teleman
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Peter Rättö
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Using the Micro Drop Absorption Tester (MicroDAT) to study droplet imbibition and its effect on inkjet print quality, Svanholm Erik, Ström Göran, STFI-Packforsk report: ART 0763

Development of a method for the analysis of paper surface topography under compression Teleman A, Östlund C, Johansson P-Å, Hornatowska J, Vomhoff H, STFI-Packforsk report: CW 212

Dynamic aspects of crack development in coating layers, Rättö P., Hornatowska J. (2010a), TAPPI 11th Adv. Coat. Fund. Symp., Oct 11-13, 2010, Munich, Germany.

The influence of coating colour composition on the crack area after creasing, Rättö P., Hornatowska J. (2010b), Nord Pulp Pap Res. J., 25(4), 488-494.