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FLEXO Magazine : November 2010
To learn more about packaging solutions from Kodak: Visit www.kodak.com/go/packaging Produced using Kodak Technology. Eastman Kodak Company 343 State Street Rochester, NY 14650 USA © Kodak, 2010. Kodak and Flexcel are trademarks of Kodak. Subject to technical change without notice. W.PC.131.0910.en.01 (K-503) How Can You Reduce On-Press Waste and Use Less Plates? Flexcel NX Plates in action The Kodak Flexcel NX Digital Flexographic System was designed with maximum print production e ciency in mind. Through unique imaging technology and patented plate making processes, Flexcel NX Plates have finished plate characteristics that are in a class of their own. Kodak's even- height flat-top dots go all the way down the tonal scale, providing unparalleled impression latitude, superior plate robustness and expanded color gamut. As a result, they: • Come to color faster • Last longer on press • Can be re-used more often • Enable the reduction of spot colors through better four color process performance • Eliminate the need to split line and tone work Indeed, it is common with wide web flexible packaging users of the Flexcel NX System to eliminate the practice of splitting the solids and tone and have all on one combination plate. They reduce the number of spot colors and make greater use of process printing and report that plate life compared to comparable traditional digital flexo plates for like jobs, increases 2 to 5 times. And these plates really do come to color faster---just ask any press operator that works with Flexcel NX Plates. In fact, on average, printers that use Flexcel NX Plates tell us that: • They have reduced setup waste on press by 25% • They have reduced the total number of plates they use by 20% This puts them in a position where they can make a SIGNIFICANT impact on their sustainability goals. By the way, reducing waste and using less plates is not a bad thing when it comes to those all-important cost control goals as well. Make an Informed Plate Choice Making decisions for maximum impact on sustainability is all about looking at the big picture---that's what all the environmental gurus tell us. Making a flexo plate choice is no di erent. Consider the flexo plate as a tool that has the power to make a significant impact on sustainability improvement in the pressroom. If maximizing sustainability is important to you, we have learnt that you should look first to the factors that have the greatest impact. Make it your priority to choose a plate that can help you reduce on-press waste and use fewer plates, irrespective of processing method. Take a new perspective on The Great Plate Debate and consider the big picture.
Sustainable Fall 2010