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FLEXO Magazine : January 2012
ing step also cut plate processing time down to as little as 30 minutes. In addition to the elimination of solvents, the reduced energy consumption and the ability to recover spent devel- oper rolls significantly reduced the carbon footprint of flexo platemaking. Users could then show a sustainability commit- ment to their customers. Flexo has made tremendous technical advances in the last 15 years which has allowed it to grow to the point where it is the most popular package printing process in many seg- ments globally. High quality flexo printing is now the norm— rather than the exception—around the world. Flexo quality is fully competitive, although continued improvement in print quality is still important to flexographers. CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT DuPont is continuing improvement in the areas of resolu- tion, run-length and press latitude. Printing professionals can look forward to a step change increase in solid ink density and uniformity. The introduction of the next-generation DuPont processing system represents a significant advancement in printing technology. Cyrel FAST TD3000 thermal plate processors have been re-designed to provide superior processing and cleanout, smoother and more consistent plate floors as well as un- equaled dimensional stability. This next generation system will be introduced in a 52- x 80-in. format, allowing customers who were previously constrained by the 42- x 60-in. size to take a fresh look at this system. A complete line of Cyrel Digi- Flow exposure units in all standard flexo platemaking sizes will be demonstrated at drupa 2012. Plate processing no longer needs to be a “stand-alone” operation. The new generation Cyrel system will be able to op- erate on a larger scale within a fully integrated and automated flexo prepress workflow, and deliver consistent high quality. Rapid access platemaking, reduced environmental footprint and outstanding print quality have been the key benefits of the system, allowing rapid and broad acceptance across the flexible packaging, folding carton and tag and label segments. DuPont works closely with flexographers to identify and confirm productivity improvements and resultant ROI benefits. The Cyrel® FAST TD3000 is currently undergoing thorough extensive testing in preparation for the first installation of an external evaluation unit in Q1, 2012. The first three units will be installed in North America. The processor will be unveiled at drupa which takes place May 3 – 16, 2012 in Dus- seldorf, Germany. n www.flexography.org january 2012 FLEXO 37