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FLEXO Magazine : May 2010
To learn more, call 704.588 .3371 or Toll Free 800.438.3111 When you purchase your anilox rolls from Harper, you not only receive the most advanced anilox roll on the market, you gain access to the leading innovators and technical experts in the field of flexographic printing and converting. Technical support is a commitment we take so seriously, we devote an entire division to helping our customers achieve unprecedented levels of quality, consistency and profitability. Call 800-438 -3111 and start working smarter today. GRAPHICSOLUTIONS DIVISION HARPERIMAGE.COM Americas • Europe • Asia ©2010 We’re talking smart. www.flexography.org may 2010 FLEXO 25 human element out of printing and mak- ing it more electronic and easier for the operator to effectively and efficiently run this press. That enables the printer to deliver a lot of added-value features to the end product.” Turning to the job at hand, the press manufacturer offers this brief assess- ment. “Obviously, register is a huge component of having good print. Cenveo’s press has an automatic register control system. That is proving to be a key component in good quality print, especially on a long, 10-station press. ” Kelly Roberts of Canflexograph- ics Ltd. points out, “Specific to sleeve technologies, the photopolymer plates and stickyback are all being mounted onto a polyurethane sleeve, built by Flint Group/Rotec. It is essential for this sleeve to equal the accuracy of the press, to ensure that the printed design is in register. Generally, the narrow web market prints to the full width of the press, and this industry norm requires a sleeve that provides dimensional stabil- ity across the substrate width.” Marziali offers a simple observation, before stressing the rationale behind moving into mew niche markets, to include publication related jobs that tra- ditionally fall into the offset realm. “Most magazines are paper covers, unless you laminate the cover. We are open- ing up a new opportunity. Flexo is now doing this. It is becoming more routine, thanks to flexo’s versatility, we can do it in one pass. Everywhere else you go get a cover, cut it down and guillotine. Here, we are able to take it in one shot down to the size they need it, with the perforations positioned where they want them—whether perfect bound or saddle stitched. What we’re doing, here at Cenveo is opening up the market’s eyes to flexo. Publishers are saying, ‘Hold on. We have another option.’” Abray chimes in, “We are going to get to the point where a printer is not going to be just a litho guy or flexo guy. He is going to be a printer and he is going to have a press that has the ability to do it all and interchange several processes.” From Marziali’s viewpoint, “It’s not every day that somebody gets an oppor- tunity to do something like this. Specific suppliers that we are using for this proj- ect are critical to its success. Running through them, in no particular order, we are using Transilwrap 4mil clear polyes- ter. The reason is the clarity of the prod- uct, rigidity of it and good printability as well. It also offers great protection in the final stages of binding. Harper anilox rolls have been our choice from the get go. The quality is top rate. The sleeving system that we use on our Gallus press is a Flint Group/Rotec system—a BLL (Blue Light Label)—which basically is a composite of polyurethane with fiber- glass to make it more rigid and sturdy, day-in and day-out. We have to be very careful that we do not wander out of OEM specs on that. “The die that we are using is actually a flexible die from Rotometrics, which they were gracious enough to supply to us. The objective here is to show some ver- satility, not only in the way we print, but also by the fact that we can do an unsup- ported film, slightly thicker than normal, then sheet it down using a flexible die. Inks are from Sun Chemical and we use 3M 1315M stickyback tape. All our pre- press is done by Autumn Graphics. Plate material is from Kodak. The machine is a Gallus press from Switzerland.” Abray returns to one prominent consideration associated with the cover print job, “These Best-of-Shows are designed to pop, and pop they will— both front and backside. The underside will not have the spotlights or starbursts showing through. But, everything will, in fact, be printed on back side—all 10 layers of ink are actually front reverse printed. As a result, no gloss is required and the part touched by consumer is protected. They are touching just stock—raw material. That won’t affect or alter the print outcome, nor will accidents like dropping water on it, or having it fall on the ground and get Brian Nagtalon cleans a print station in preparation for the FLEXO cover run. FLX_May10_sec1.indd 25 4/17/10 11:05 PM