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FLEXO Magazine : June 2012
The press can run at speeds of up to 500 mpm, offers a repeat range of 310 mm to 850 mm and print widths of 1,000 mm to 1,600 mm. It is equipped with an automatic deck positioning system, as well as a quick sleeve change and ejection system. Other features include flying deck makeready (FDMR), Smart- Match color matching systems and Kiss & Go automatic register and job start-up system. Also new is Uteco's Diamond HP 816 for high format flexo printing. Omet demonstrated its Varyflex V2 combination press. The platform is de- signed to offer a wide range of printing and finishing technologies in a multi- process press. It runs water-based, UV or solvent-based flexo and can be equipped with a movable gravure unit and hot or cold foil processing stations. PREPRESS Esko introduced Suite 12, a major update to its workflow software offering for the packaging, label, sign making and display industries. Emphasis is on productivity and efficiency benefits. Featuring WebCenter 12, Automation Engine 12, Color Engine 12, Studio 12 and the flagship editors ArtiosCAD, PackEdge, ArtPro and DeskPack, Esko Suite 12 claims to raise the bar for pro- cess integration from design to press involving all players in the supply chain. Additionally, Esko upgraded its CDI Spark 2530 with digital In-line UV1 and the CDI Spark 4835 Auto with digital In-line UV2. The innovative flexo plate imagers integrate digital back expo- sure, automated loading, imaging, digital main exposure and off-loading to the processing unit. Flexo plate imaging by a single click on a button is possible. DuPont Packaging Graphics pre- sented its expanded range of new flexo- graphic printing plate technologies that enable high quality output at high speed. Cyrel Solvent Process DSP and Cyrel FAST DFP are standard workflow digital plates designed for flexible packaging printers that require higher densities, good minimum dot size and low dot gain. These new plates are designed to attain solid ink density and maintain high resolution in a standard digital workflow. Cyrel DFR is a next generation high durometer digital Cyrel FAST plate that holds high screen rulings for fine detail and wide tonal range. The Cyrel FAST Round Workflow demonstrated at drupa included a 1450 FR sleeve-making system that used dry thermal technology to quickly process high quality photopolymer sleeves. It also eliminated solvents and aqueous solutions from the plateroom. DuPont's Cyrel FAST 3000 TD system is designed to ensure outstanding quality and uni- formity in a large 50 in. X 80 in. format. And, Cyrel DigiFlow is a new digital workflow enhancement that is said to enable great flexibility in creating de- sired dot shapes---flat or conventional--- plate-by-plate. X-Rite Pantone put forth a new color management workflow that encom- passes the entire packaging supply chain, ensuring first-time-every-time color integrity. PantoneLIVE lets brand managers see an accurate representa- tion of on-press color early in the design process. Converters can be assured of easy-to-match color on press. GMG announced that GMG Color- Proof and GMG FlexoProof have the option to connect directly to the Esko Color Engine. This connection means that a customer using Esko and GMG needs to maintain only one color library, cutting down on duplicate work and reducing the chance of errors GMG's newly unveiled OpenColor proofing solution for the packaging market al- lows for color accurate reproductions of print processes that use spot colors and multi-color separations beyond CMYK. GMG's FlexoProof software allows dependable, timely checking to detect errors, prior to platemaking. It can monitor and correct overprinting, trap- ping settings, tonal breaks and moire effects. GMG FlexoProof is said to sup- port all common spot color systems and processes up to 64 separations in one image. Editable spot color databases are included in the package. CGS Publishing Technologies Inter- national is integrating Color Engine to offer users color workflow for cross-fleet www.flexography.org JUNE 2012 FLEXO 51