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FLEXO Magazine : January 2012
press variables over the course of a printrun (ink viscosity, plate swell, anilox wear, etc.) it is remarkable that any contract proofs are actually matched. The key to success in this regard is being able to more closely predict the outcome of these changes. And to bet- ter predict the outcome, the variability of the individual contributing components must be minimized. DIFFERENTIATION POINT By utilizing state of the art, high-energy UV-LEDs during the plate exposure, nyloflex® NExT exposure technology ac- complishes this in a way that no other of- fering can. This technology is not suscep- tible to the aging effect and subsequent diminishing output of UV tubes, nor is there variation in output as experienced when traditional tubes warm. The UV-LEDs will have the same, unvarying output over the full course of their extremely long life, ensuring that the repeat job exposed years from now will have the identical exposure charac- teristics as the job made today. With its ability to work with all digital plate types the opportunity for further innovation is a unique cornerstone of exposure technology. The nyloflex® NExT exposure technology creates new possibilities for plate formulations and thus opens unprecedented perspectives for improvements. Implementation into in-line processing like the nyloflex® ITR equipment or the nyloflex® Automated Plate Processor are under consideration as a response to the industry ’s desire for increased automation, efficiency, consistency, and quality. Visitors to the Flint Group stand at the recent ProFlex in Stuttgart, and Label- expo Europe in Brussels, were able to witness first hand some of the many ex- cellent results that have been achieved using Flint Group Flexographic Products’ new and innovative exposure technol- ogy. Print samples obtained from several European customers during exhaustive print trials using varying ink systems and substrates were displayed at both shows receiving universal approval from both print experts and customers. nyloflex® NExT exposure technology is an open system, which was designed to work with all digital plate types, plate formats and thicknesses in the market. Its use is the next logical step in the de- velopment and improvement of digital plate capabilities. Every segment can benefit from the resulting flat top struc- ture, but in different ways for different reasons and to more or less degree. The strong suit of the nyloflex® NExT exposure technology is its ability to im- prove the results of the various software developments regarding image manipu- lation taking place within the industry. Particularly in terms of competitive- ness, print quality and productivity, the new nyloflex® NExT exposure technol- ogy will set a new standard in flexo form processing, which is helping to clearly differentiate it and allow it to compete in the existing market. A well-known attribute of financial success in the printing industry is a continuous investment in new tech- nologies. While the ROI can only be calculated on the basis of a particular configuration, an innovative technology can result in a significant increase in business and competitiveness. Using new technologies, experienced trade shops and printers can maximize their potential to deliver the highest quality products, while increasing their own production efficiency. A significant quality improvement in flexography offers the possibility to take shares from lithography and gravure printing, which facilitates the amortiza- tion of the new technology. For innovative printers comparing the investment of the different flat top technologies, it is most important that the “true cost of ownership and use” over time is considered. With different capital and variable costs, the systems can only truly be compared on a cost/ unit basis, and only after predicted us- age and consumable cost over time are factored in. n www.flexography.org january 2012 FLEXO 45 What if there Were no more innovators? Since 1971 we have challenged our industry standard. We are Harper. The people that introduced the Ceramic Anilox Roll, the 60o Hex, and the SHARPER System TM . We think things like fidelity, reproduction quality and consistency, matter. We may not be trendy, but we’ll be here tomorrow just like our Anilox Rolls and other products. Which makes them worth every penny. You dig? Find out what’s new today at www.harperimage.com Americas 800.438.3111 email@example.com Europe +49(0) 5221.777 .300 firstname.lastname@example.org Asia 662.138.6122 email@example.com