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FLEXO Magazine : June 2011
UniFlex GTT for Wide Web | UniFli GTT for Narrow Web | UniCorr GTT for Corrugated | UniCoat GTT for Coatings/Offset GTT ANSWERS Six secrets every flexographer should know about Apex GTT engravings. APEX NORTH AMERICA 65 Washington Street Donora, PA 15033 USA T 866-APEX -USA E firstname.lastname@example.org W apexnorthamerica.com APEX ITALY Via Pietro Nenni, snc 21057 Olgiate Olona (VA) IT T 39 0331 379 063 E email@example.com W apex-groupofcompanies.com APEX ASIA 242 Westwood Avenue #13-52 648365 Singapore T 65 (0) 6284 7606 E firstname.lastname@example.org W apex-groupofcompanies.com APEX LATIN AMERICA Rodovia PR-090 n°13601 (Estrada do Cerne), Campo Magro Paraná 83535-000 BRASIL T 55 (41) 3677-2678 E email@example.com W apexlatinamerica.com APEX EUROPE Metaalweg 8 - 10 5527 AK Hapert NL T 31(0)497361111 E firstname.lastname@example.org W apex-groupofcompanies.com What is GTTTM? Genetic Transfer Technology, or GTT, is the revolutionary product of years of research to engineer the most effective ink-to-plate transfer surface ever. Think of it as the third generation of ink metering technology, succeeding hexcell anilox and engraved chrome. Inspired by the super-efficient geometries found in nature, our GTT Slalom Ink Channels resemble the helical shape of genetic DNA and harness the power of hydraulic flow. Simply stated, hyper-efficient and consistent ink transfer is built into the very genes of GTT. Why is GTT superior to regular hex cell anilox technology? Virtually all flexographers rely on second-generation anilox surfaces made up of hexagonal closed cells — basically, holes — into which ink is doctored prior to contact with the printing plate. Problem is, this process causes turbulent bubbling, foaming and uneven ink release. Result? Mottling, pinholing and haloing. GTT’s new Slalom Ink Channel geometry instead allows ink to flow calmly and reduces the “land” area between channels resulting in uniform ink-to-plate transfer — and stunning results on press. What are the three key GTT technical innovations? To fully appreciate the differences between hexcell anilox and GTT surfaces, consider these three scientific breakthroughs unveiled only in GTT: GEOMETRY GTT’s patented slalom ink Channel geometry replaces closed hex cell geometry which traps ink, and instead employs the efficiency of hydraulic kinetics — freeing your ink to flow calmly and transfer evenly; COMPOSITION Our ReleasAll V1500 superhard hybrid ceramic layer boasts the highest density and lowest porosity in the industry for incredible ink release to plate — plus superior longevity and easier cleaning; ENGRAVING The ConstantBeam laser engraving process replaces the conventional pulsed beam, greatly reducing uneven ceramic roughness and recast. Smooth, hard and even channel walls and floors emerge which serve to release ink better and give longer life to your rolls/sleeves. Enjoy precision and durability like never before. Why are there only five choices of UniFlexGTT: XL, L, M, S & XS? Because five sizes are all you’ll ever need – for any job. Forget about the multitude of possible line/volume anilox combinations. Since each GTT “size” covers a range of two to four conve ntional aniloxes , most printers require only two or three GTT “sizes” to perform all printing tasks. So instead of calculating complex BCM/LPI formulae, just analyze the type of job you’re going to print and select the right GTT size. For example: for super opacity, use “XL”; for solid and screen combos, use “L”; midrange and vignette, use “M ” or “S ”; superfine line/dot work, use “XS.” It’s really that simple. What can GTT do for me today – and tomorrow? Print more — with less. Turbocharge your presses and realize immediate benefits. In four key categories of commercial printing, GTT outshines all competitors: STANDARDIZATION Slash your anilox inventory — because one GTT roll/sleeve can do the work of two, three or more conventional aniloxes; PRINTABILITY Whether solids, screens or linework, GTT reduces or eliminates mottling, pinholing, haloing and dot gain while delivering stronger and denser solids, crisper and finer type and lines, and extended color gamut; DOWNTIME Imagine leaving your roll/sleeve on-press for job after job; imagine using just one ink station for combo jobs; imagine far fewer deep cleanings; imagine needing only a fraction of makeready time; PROFITABILITY Run your press faster, use fewer rolls and stations per job, spend less on ink, enjoy longer roll/sleeve lifespan. Translation: more money in your bank. Will GTT work with my presses, plates and inks? Based on tough, real-world shop conditions in over 10,000 installations all across the globe, GTT is proven to work with all presses, inks and plates in all facets of flexo. Increasingly, OEMs and printers are demanding GTT for their new presses because of GTT superiority and flexibility. Older presses spring to life with GTT. In fact, ink manufacturers are even developing more cost-effective inks optimized to take advantage of GTT’s ability to run thinner, lower-viscosity inks. 1 4 2 5 3 6 W HY WAIT? THE GTT REVOLUTION IS ON. VISIT BYEBYEANILOX. COM AND START YOUR OWN REVOLUTION. SPINE/BINDINGEDGE APEX Brochure Pages 6-11.indd 6 6/3/11 10:59:51 AM
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