Labelexpo (Brussels, 29 September-2 October) is the biggest annual event for the label and packaging printing industry and alternates between Brussels and Chicago. The event showcases everything to do with the label industry, and offers a unique opportunity for promoting a range of label printing machinery and technology. In particular this year there was a real excitement and buzz around the show for digital and in particular hybrid label printing technology.
The subject of print quality is very complex, subjective and difficult to quantify, particularly when printing four colour images. Some recent articles have been playing the numbers game, using the number of dots or lines per inch as the key factor for print quality. This is a simplistic approach which does not consider the other important factors, many of which are systems related rather than specific to the printhead.
So, what are the other contributing factors for print quality?