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FLEXO Magazine : October 2010
Industry Indicators registration of less than .001in. and color registration of less than .005in. CSAT’s unique web retract reduces material waste and leaves no unprinted material. The revolutionary design gives the ITS 600 the most compact system available today. EskoArtwork: HD FlExo 2.0 EskoArtwork continues to revolutionize flexo platemaking with HD Flexo version 2.0 . HD Flexo combines 4,000 dpi HD optics on the EskoArtwork Cyrel Digital Imager (CDI) with ad- vanced screening technologies to produce sharper and more accurate imaging. The new version 2.0 with improved screen- ing provides higher solid ink density (SID) for more vibrant colors on packaging. This impressive result can be achieved while printing with standard flexo inks and anilox rollers. HD Flexo is the leading quality product in EskoArtwork’s Digital Flexo Portfolio. It is unique in offering near-offset quality across all flexo print applications in an easy to use product. With version 2.0, EskoArtwork further improves quality of the standard printing equipment and plates already in use by its customers. It remains an open industry standard system that operates with the customer’s existing CDI equipment, plates and working methods, completed with specifically tuned dots and without tying the customer to specific plates or other consumables. HD Flexo 2.0 will be particularly useful for flexible packag- ing and corrugated converters, and trade shops aiming to increase shelf impact for their brand owner customers. It will enable them to expand their business into the higher-quality segments of the print market. While HD Flexo 1.0 focused on delivering on higher rul- ings and excellent highlights—the principal pain points for flexo converters—version 2.0 delivers exceptional print- ing throughout the entire tonal range; dazzling highlights, stable midtones, and smooth solids, along with higher SIDs (solid ink density). HD Flexo now supports high-quality flexo corrugated-post print, making it possible to produce designs in post-print, which previously required a more expensive pre- print process. Printers today seek a larger color gamut to match more PANTONE® colors with CMYK process inks and ultimately im- prove shelf impact. This helps to reduce costs often demand- ed by the brand owner. A higher SID may extend the edges of the gamut, but brand colors must be matched accurately by mixing small amounts of process colors as accurate high- lights. HD Flexo is able to do this along with better tint builds — with standard volume aniloxes and standard inks. This allows a converter to print more Pantone® tints within gamut while consuming less ink. HD achieves the more vibrant solids with the help of new MicroCell screening, an evolution of EskoArtwork’s pat- ented PlateCell technology that takes advantage of high-res 4,000ppi imaging, developed to improve the solid ink transfer. Imaging at the higher resolution on the CDI allows to image more MicroCells and create a textured surface on the plate, improving ink lay-down and increasing ink density on the final print. MicroCell screens run throughout the full tonal range of process inks, which improves image richness and contrast. This is especially helpful for Pantone® colors, and for white underprints. The product is undergoing beta testing and will be released in Q4 2010. Flint Group FlExoGrApHic proDucts: nEw ExposurE tEcHnoloGy A new exposure technology that achieves 1:1 file-to-plate imaging was announced at the show. Easily integrated into digital workflows, this new technology creates flat-top dots and high line screens without lamination or inert gas. It is expected to be commercially available in 2011. Flint Group: cAst & curE coAtinGs Flint Group launched various Cast and Cure coatings to sup- port the Cast and Cure decorative process. Cast & Cure, as the name clearly states, integrates “casting” and “curing” tech- niques to create holographic, ultra high gloss, or matte finishes on select areas of a printed piece and is suitable for a wide variety of substrates. It is an ideal application for the decorative print market and can be incorporated with anti-counterfeiting features for brand security applications. Flint Group initially announced three coatings to support this process: • Standard C&C Coating, for use in UV Flexo applications • Low Odor C&C Coating, for use in UV Flexo application • UV Offset C&C Coating, for use in UV Letterpress & Offset applications 64 FLEXO october 2010 www.flexography.org FLX_Oct10_mech.indd 64 10/15/10 9:28 AM
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