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FLEXO Magazine : November 2009
12 FLEXO NOVEMBER 2009 www.flexography.org case of the genetic transfer device, he suggested replacing "anilox roll" with "metering roll." Platemaking improvements have come fast and furious, according to Robinson. In fact, "One new technology from DuPont was announced since this conference got under- way---Cyrel XD, a hybrid system capable of producing either digital-style round or analog-type flat-top dots. Common to most plate technologies were high line screens, low minimum dots and low cycle times. Other items of note that Robinson cited, included: • DuPont's Photopolymer FAST sleeve and its DigiCorr plate; • Stork Print's direct laser engraving plate that promises no exposure, no washing or drying, no ablation, no mask and a shorter workflow; • MacDermid Printing Solution's direct write technology, which allows users to expose and create the image at the same time; • Asahi's water-wash plate, offering 125 line screen, cycle times shorter than 60 minutes and 2 percent dots; • EskoArtwork's HD Flexo that is capable of producing 4,000dpi. New developments in chambers and pumps were also pointed to. Robinson mentioned that Harris & Bruno offered a new hi-flow ink chamber, as well as a smart pump---a double diaphragm ink pump. High intensity UV LEDs, offer no ozone emissions, and very low heat generation, but may require higher than normal capital investment, which are made by firms like Summit UV, Air Motion System and Panasonic, were said to be generating interest. In the coatings arena, Henkel's Mirafoil, metallic line that mimics foil stamping and can be applied inline, was seen as something that flexographers might want to look at. Robinson expressed the opinion that "We've entered a Digital Tsunami. The integration of flexographic and digital technologies will be what keeps us strong." Worth watching: Oce, Xerox and Agfa modular digital presses, some of which can add flexo units. Notable new interfaces were also briefed. Gal Shamri of Advanced Vision Technology told conference goers that "Automated inline color measurement is a proven technology with hundreds of installations." He maintained that users have reported that it ensures color consistency and reduces waste. New in the field is "Spectralink inline color measurement, which interfaces offline color management to inline print- ing and can even output inline L*a*b* color measurement reports. Benefits facilitate color proofing and ink verification at makeready. Returning the focus to platemak- ing advances, Kodak's John Ander- son and its customer, Bill McKnight, Ellis Packaging, explained that the Flexcel NX system, which captured FTA's 2009 Technical Innovation Award, utilizes flat-top dots and challenges the boundaries of tradi- tional flexo printing. Anderson said the technology results in "gravure- like quality and improves productiv- Dr. John Anderson, Kodak. Jason Barrier initiates a panel discussion from the podium. Panelists (L-R) were: John Anderson, Kodak; Lon Robinson, Tension envelope; Gal Shamri , Advanced Vision Technology; Bill McKnight, Ellis Packaging. Bill Pope (at podium), flanked by (L-R) Mark Mazur, Gary Russell and Catherine Haynes. FTA TODAY
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