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FLEXO Magazine : November 2008
FTA TODAY WWLC Investigates ITR F 68 TA’s Wide Web Leadership Council (WWLC) recently convened via con- ference call to discuss in-the-round (ITR) platemaking technology. The WWLC, a collective of industry volunteers repre- senting wide-web FTA members across North America, has made investigating ITR and ways to reduce the upfront cost of this technology one of its four long-term goals (see FLEXO August page 10). F LEXO To help the Council understand the cur- rent state of ITR technology, Bill Bower of Flint Group Flexographic Products, joined the call. He spoke candidly to the group about its advantages and limitations. Discussion opened with Bower bringing the WWLC up to speed: “At drupa, Flint Group introduced the latest version of its own ITR blank, called nyloflex Classic/ Thin,” he said. “This is a similar ITR blank NOVEMB E R 20 0 8 www. f l e x o g r a p h y. o r g product to the one that is produced by Flint for DuPont, called Cyrel Round. The ITR sleeve is a seamless photopolymer sleeve product with the carbon mask already applied, making it ready to be im- aged and washed out. “There are two types of sleeves. One is called the Classic product, which is on a .125in. overall undercut. It is .098in of polymer and a .027in. base sleeve. There is