Introducing the Heaford gravure proofing press: the industry’s choice for over 40 years.
The proofing press of choice for the world’s leading cylinder manufacturers and converters for the past 40 years, most of which are still in daily operation. Over 600 machines currently in service globally. Ideal for customers who want repeatable quality proofs without compromise, year after year.
With a track record of delivering unmatched proofing quality, our gravure proofing presses have earned the trust of leading cylinder manufacturers and converters worldwide. Experience consistent, high-quality proofs year after year.
Heaford gravure proofing presses combine advanced features and stable designs to offer production-matched proofs without disruptive press downtime. With proofing pressures up to 8000kg and a cambered proofing drum, it accommodates various industry needs, from flexibles to the widest decorative prints.
Enjoy exceptional detail reproduction, down to a remarkable 2% dot, and the versatility to work with various production inks, including solvent, water and metallised. Customisation options allow you to tailor the press to your specific requirements, whether you require shafted or shaftless cylinders. Catering for cylinder widths up to 2850mm(112″) and proof length capabilities up to 5,000mm (197″), Heaford’s gravure proofing presses offer unrivalled flexibility for your proofing needs.
Heaford gravure proofing presses offer a range of benefits that empower you to achieve exceptional proofing quality and streamline your printing workflow.
Experience consistent and reliable proofing results that meet the highest standards. Eliminate variations and ensure precision in every proof, allowing you to showcase your designs confidently, knowing the print will be in register and that any errors on the print cylinder have been identified prior to printing, thus eliminating on press approvals.
All press parameters including ink and substrate are used so that proofs match gravure printing press output. Minimise press downtime and maintain optimal productivity with production-matched proofs. Seamlessly integrate the proofing process into your workflow without disruptions, maximising your press time and profitability.
Benefit from highly stable presses operated and trusted by industry professionals worldwide for decades. Enjoy unwavering performance, project after project, and have peace of mind knowing that your proofing results will consistently match your on press results or prove the integrity of your cylinder manufacturing.
The gravure proofing press caters to your specific needs with various features and customisation options. It offers a wide range of proofing pressures, a cambered proofing drum, and a variety of widths and proof lengths to suit different industry applications, ensuring flexibility and adaptability. A wide range of options are available to meet your unique demands.
Achieve proofs that capture the finest details, even down to a remarkable 2% dot. The press is engineered to reproduce intricate designs accurately, showcasing the precision and quality of your cylinder engraving and on press reproduction.
Work with confidence using different types of production inks, including solvent, water, and metallised options that accurately mirror those used on press. The presses accommodate your preferred ink type, providing flexibility and versatility in your proofing process. Production ink formulations can be determined at the proofing stage.
Choose the cylinder support design to match the type of cylinders you need to proof. Our gravure proofing presses offer shafted and shaftless cylinder options, allowing you to customise the press according to your operational needs.
Please see a selection of the most commonly asked questions regarding our gravure proof presses.
A gravure proofing press replicates the characteristics of the gravure printing process, allowing printers and converters to assess and approve the print quality, colour accuracy, and overall appearance of the final printed substrate prior to a full production run. The Heaford gravure proofing presses allow cylinder manufactures to proof the accuracy of the engraving and ensure there are no errors or omissions. Printers often use gravure proofing presses for customer approvals and prototype designs which accurately match those achieved on press, using the same substrates and inks, without the loss of valuable press production time.
A gravure proofing press works by replicating the gravure printing process on a smaller scale to produce high-quality proofs. Here is a simplified explanation of how it operates;
The proofing presses are available in an impressive range in terms of proof lengths and widths. They can accommodate cylinder widths of up to 4200mm(165”), allowing for proofing a wide range of printing applications.
Regarding proof length, the gravure proofing presses can support proof lengths of up to 5000mm(197 inches).
Heaford’s gravure proofing presses have been the preferred choice of leading cylinder manufacturers and converters for over 40 years. Our consistent proofing quality, stable design, and versatility sets us apart, making us the trusted solution provider for repeatable and high-quality proofs. Our timeless designs are manufactured to the highest quality standards resulting in many gravure proof presses still in daily production, many after 35+ years of service.
Get in touch now to register your interest in the gravure proof press. Our friendly, professional team is waiting to help you with all your enquiries.