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FLEXO Magazine : October 2010
Technologies & Techniques the reduction of all these costs; and they relate directly to the choice of imaging and printing plate technology applied. A Question of focus In the flexo printing industry, we have been hearing for years from our clients at consumer product companies that two of the most important items on their agenda are: 1) reduction of start up and run waste and 2) consistent and repeatable results. These points are, obviously, also important to any flexo printing company interested in generating a profit. While imaging and printing plate technologies may appear to only scratch the sur- face as they relate to reduction of waste, a closer look reveals just how significant an impact these technologies can and do have in this area. It is first necessary to develop a mindset with less focus on individual unit cost and much more focus on how individual components impact total manufacturing cost. Stated simply, there are three primary factors in the prepa- ration of graphics and printing plates for the flexo repro- duction process that can be proven to enable reduction in variable manufacturing costs, as well as provide repeatable and consistent results: • 1:1:1 image reproduction from file to mask to plate. • Flat top dot technology. • Surface pattern innovations that provide enhanced ink transfer from plate to substrate. Flat-top dots (right), compared with the round top dots of traditional digital lAMs plates (left). new micro surface texturization techniques that create 5 micron elements on the plate surface significantly improve ink densities. 16 FLeXO october 2010 www.flexography.org FLX_Oct10_mech.indd 16 10/15/10 12:31 AM
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