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FLEXO Magazine : May 2011
FTA TODAY sees “hybrid screens in highlights and vignettes, as well as light impression, tight registration and good color trans- fer,” as leading to very positive results. Mark Hemans, Huhtamaki, a mid web degree of difficulty judge, adds, “In-the-round plates were heavily used. There was a good attempt at lowering trap tolerances and tighter control of registration.” Thomas Klein, tesa tape, who re- viewed wide web process entries for level of execution, was impressed with printers’ use of double black for line and process separation, extended gamut and the integration of silver metallic inks. According to Mike Taylor, ALC Group, who judged envelope, student, news- paper and promotional entries, it was clear that the entrants were comfortable with using proper tooling, such as anilox roll line count, digital plates and new screening technologies. “Density blocks and dot area scales, along with slur targets, made it possible to control and monitor dot gain, impression settings and registration,” he says. Scott Gehrt, Fox Valley Technical College, who judged level of execution in the preprint and combined corru- gated categories, notes the freedom afforded by top-of-the-line equipment. “T he creativity in the designs submitted today reveals how great the technology has changed through the years,” he says. “Machines are capable of printing top quality flexo and the winning prints prove that.” His colleague on the panel, Maureen Armstrong, Smurfit Stone, who looked at degree of difficulty, adds, “Prepress calibrations for the plates and press conditions was evident in the top-scor- ing items.” Sounding a similar refrain, José Soler, Comexi, a degree of difficulty judge for wide web line and screen, notes, “We saw complex designs for very porous substrates that are difficult to print. Dif- ficult graphics may register easy on a substrate, but dot quality is affected on highly absorbent substrates. On paper, we saw 100 and 120 line screens. UV technology was evident in higher-end work. Screening went very low. I saw hints of big and important innovations in UV and EB coatings and varnishes on smooth-end films.” Soler’s counterpart in the process arena, Bart Wright of Colormasters, concurs. “ The increase in plate and prepress technology pushes the enve- lope in what can be accomplished in flexo. This is the direct reason for the increase in line screen.” Judges, Graphic Design: L-R: John McDonald, Brandimage, Desgrippes and Laga; Tom Newmaster, William Fox Munroe; and Greg LaFond, Matthews Brand Solutions. www.flexography.org MAY 2011 FLEXO 15 There are plenty of reasons to convert to the Anilox Sleeve: faster production, quicker changeovers, lower costs, lighter weight. It is easy to understand why sleeves are the preferred foundation for anilox technology. But just as important are their handling considerations. Sleeved and journaled anilox share traits of a hard yet brittle shell of ceramic that is easily damaged. Fortunately Harper can provide not only the right sleeves, but the right storage, the right cleaners, and the right plan for care and maintenance. Trust the experts. Harper Corporation. Take a peek at the future of anilox rolls. To learn more, call 704.588.3371 or Toll Free at 800.438.3111 Or visit our website. Anilox Roll Division HARPERi MAGE.Co M Americas • Europe • Asia ©2011
Sustainable Spring 2011