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FLEXO Magazine : January 2012
Technologies & Techniques Tireless Advancements The Digital Workflow Revolution Continues DuPont Packaging Graphics is leveraging more than 10 years of experience built around more than 1,000 installations of its leading processor technology with the introduction of the DuPontTM Cyrel® FAST TD3000 thermal plate processor. This new processor has been designed to deliver superior quality on a larger scale with an innovative,fresh de- sign. Enhanced plate handling, thermal processing and plate cooling technologies ensure maximum image quality and plate uniformity across plates up to 52- x 80-in. When DuPont introduced the Cyrel® Digital Imager (CDI) and fully digital press workflow at the 1995 drupa expo, it could be argued that this was the single most important innovation in flexo prepress since the introduction of the com- pany ’s photopolymer printing plate in 1974. Like gravure and offset lithography, flexography could now move away from film based prepress workflows and implement a distributed digital workflow with a computer-to-plate (CTP) output that would allow design and production files to be easily shared by brand owners, trade shops and printers. Then, once ap- proved, these files could go direct to plate. Although the introduction of this digital transformation brought a dramatic improvement in quality and productivity to flexo, neither the industry nor DuPont stood still in the con- tinuing effort to raise the bar. The introduction of the thermal process Cyrel® FAST platemaking workflow in 2001 brought rapid-access platemaking to a packaging industry where every minute counts. The quality of the digital plates proved to be excellent. The elimination of solvents or the need for a dry- TECHNOLOGY TO WATCH DuPont Cyrel® FAST TD3000 thermal plate processor • Introduction: 2012 • Benefits: Larger format size and enhanced capabili- ties for high-volume flexographic printers with wide press widths • Impact: Superior processing and cleanout, smoother and more consistent plate floors, and unequaled dimensional stability • Experience: Currently undergoing thorough extensive testing in preparation for the first installation • Watch for: Enhanced plate handling, thermal pro- cessing and plate cooling for maximum image qual- ity and plate uniformity • 2012 Exhibitions: drupa, other technologies at INFO*FLEX 36 FLeXO januaRy 2012 www.flexography.org