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Plastics can be difficult materials to print onto, so it is important to ensure a smooth, clean surface. Monitoring of the plastic before printing will safeguard against attempts to print onto imperfect surfaces.

There are several different methods used to print onto plastic. Among these techniques are ink jet printing, laser printing and UV litho. All techniques require a clean, defect-free surface for reliable print transfer. 

In addition to inspection of the surface, process monitoring may also be required. Plastic as a print substrate is prone to being heated by the printing equipment, and so process breaks are as much of an issue as surface flaws.

An automated, comprehensive monitoring system can support the surface quality of the plastic during printing, while ensuring continuous operation without melting or other problems that may cause process breaks and equipment damage.
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