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FLEXO Magazine : October 2010
Industry Indicators it enables package printers to reduce time to market, save money on flexographic plates, and more accurately meet customer expectations with digital proofs matching color and imaging on press. Mark andy: Short run Capability Press manufacturer Mark Andy acknowledged the growing demand for short run label printing, as well as digital print- ing’s surfacing as a dominant force in the short run sector of the market. However, at Labelexpo, Mark Andy showed visi- tors to its booth its new press technologies that have been de- veloped that greatly enhance the capabilities of flexo printing and provide a strong argument against a transition to digital. One of these newly developed technologies is Mark Andy ’s Performance Series. The key technology in the Performance Series press is the newly developed print station/print deck design. With this advancement, the Performance Series mea- surably changes the output and performance of flexographic printing. The printing platform, redesigned with a focus on streamlined productivity, substantially alters traditional on-press workflow, resulting in measurable material and ink waste savings and greater ease of use for the operator. A four-color setup on a Performance Series press can be completed in two minutes and a single station sets up in less than 30 seconds. A minimal amount of ink is required for production runs (6 oz.) and a newly introduced makeready process can reduce material waste by up to 50 percent. The press has been designed for ease of use for any operator skill level, with a load-and-lock inking system, self-positioning doctor blades, push-button controls and open access to the entire print deck and plate roll. oMet: high reSolution Flexo with x-Flex preSS Press manufacturer Omet, celebrating its most profitable year since its founding in 1963, exhibited its X-Flex press printing high-resolution flexo. Demos were carried out using 4,000dpi printing plates on six-color print subjects, including a metallic color. Visitors to Chicago saw live operations of OMETChannel, the new system for remote control though video connection. It works by providing the customer with a helmet fitted with Get your copy of FLEXO now Get your copy of FLEXO now Annual Subscriptions: $55/U.S., $76 International Visit www.ftastore.com or call Customer Service at 631-737-6020. 66 FLEXO october 2010 www.flexography.org FLX_Oct10_mech.indd 66 10/15/10 9:28 AM
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