Date of Award


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Pulp and Paper Technology


The object of this thesis is to investigate a new idea in predicting printability for rotogravure printing. Present proof presses in the gravure industry are clumsy, expensive, and in most cases, impractical for regular use.

In order to understand the relationship between ink, paper, and plate, it is necessary to consider many variables such as smoothness, ink receptivity, porosity, moisture content, formation, surface strength, and opacity.

The laboratory work performed and presented in this paper shows that a Vandercook proof press may be used to predict printability in the gravure process.