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Please provide me with all of the following information possible so I can quickly find the source and cause(s) of your problem. This list includes almost every significant variable that can lead to issues in gravure. The cause of a problem can sometimes originate where you least expect it. Without keeping track of all this data it is impossible for me or you to triangulate the source of a problem, especially in a process with so many variables. Successful gravure starts with thorough note taking and learning how to troubleshoot. It is very important that you be honest and accurate with the info you provide. The info and images you send to us will be kept strictly confidential.

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e below text and info into an e-mail.

Your name and contact info:

Phoenix or Dragon Gravure Tissue:
Order number and/or purchase date:

Sensitizer %:
Sensitizing date:
Age or use of sensitizer:
Sensitizing time and temperature:
Tray or Brush sensitized:
Tissue conditioning time and RH%:
Storage method: freezer, refrigerator or unchilled:

What type of screen or dustgrain was used?
Exposure time for screen:
Exposure time for image:
Vacuum pressure for image exposure:
Density of highlight and shadow (if known):
Exposure unit and lamp wattage (if known):
Exposure date:

Laydown solution, time and temp:
Developing method:
Developing water temperature:

Drying alcohol(s) used %:
Time in alcohol:
Is alcohol % checked with an alcohol hydrometer?
Drying method:
Relative Humidity at time of drying:
Type of hygrometer used to measure RH:

Plate conditioning RH %:
Etch date:
Ferric Temp:

List Baumes used in the exact order used with time in each Baume:
Baume and time that shadows began etching:
Total time of actual etching (not counting time it took etch to fully begin):

Was ferric chloride purchased as a pure solution or mixed from crystals? If solution, what brand name?
When was the last time ferric baths were treated for free acids?

Please describe issue(s) in as much detail as possible and try to recall when you first noticed the problem occur during the process:

Please include a high res photo from the resist and/or proof that shows the problem clearly:



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