The primary objective of this study was to determine the effect water-based flexographic ink specifications have on the overall print quality of Universal Product Code (UPC) Symbols. The study built on work done in 1980 by George Huddleston of the Mainville Forest Products Corporation. Selected for the study were two inks that closely resembled the ink specifications identified by Mr. Huddleston. The quantification of quality was made by printing UPC Symbols on single-wall corrugated board with the flexographic printing process, and observing the percentage of these symbols found to be printed within tolerance. These figures were then compared to the percentage of symbols found to be printed within tolerance using a flexographic ink not in accordance with Huddleston 's specifications. The results of this study were determined to be inconclusive.

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Printing ink--Testing; Product coding--Quality control; Corrugated paperboard--Testing; Flexography--Equipment and supplies

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Olsen, David


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