The objective of this study was to examine the effect of direct flexographic printing on the compression strength of the RSC style containers when high quality graphics were printed, using thick and thin plate technology. Three factors were studied including: 1) different plate technology (thick and thin), 2) number of colors being printed (one and three), 3) printing impression (light and heavy). The compression strength comparison of the preprint and the postprint were also examined. The results showed that using the thick plate technology caused a significant reduction in the compression strength of printed containers, compared to either preprint containers or containers printed by using the thin plate technology. With the thick plate technology, printing more colors on corrugated containers resulted in a significant reduction of the containers' compression strength. Because of the compressible backing material used in the thin plate technology, the strength of printed containers was highly maintained. This allowed box manufacturers to print more colors on containers without significantly decreasing their compression strength, even when printed with a large surface area and on all four panels.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Corrugated paperboard--Testing; Cartons--Testing; Materials--Compression testing; Flexography

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Department, Program, or Center

Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (CAST)


Proctor, Karen

Advisor/Committee Member

Lee, Barry

Advisor/Committee Member

Goodwin, Daniel


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