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FLEXO Magazine : August 2012
Technologies & Techniques Quality, Consistency, Productivity Digital Flexo Competes with native Digital on short Runs By Federico d’Annunzio with Mat Jones A“silent” flexo revolution is underway. Flexographic process printing, over the course of the past three years, has gone through a deep “undercover” techni- cal revolution. New, widely used, “Digital Flexo” taglines are easy to apply and consistent in meaning. • New flexo plates deliver predictable quality, wide graphic range, higher line count, and introduce reliable stan- dardization in the flexographic process • Anilox rollers are available with a reduced choice of engraving options, also contributing to an easier stan- dardization • Ink suppliers have supported the trend by introducing higher pigmented inks and easier to use formulations • Press manufacturers took the opportunity of “digitalizing” the flexographic process, by putting as many printing variables as possible under “digital” control “ Digital Flexo,” developed by a number of players in the flexographic industry to reduce and control variables in the process uses “digital” sensing and adjusting technologies to establish a predictable “digital” workflow. • New plate manufacturing processes have eliminated the disturbing influence of oxygen during the exposure process, making flexo plate origination a predictable REGISTER, PRESSURE, PRINT • Reduce and control variables in the flexo process using digital sensing and adjusting technologies, for a predictable digital workflow • Press manufacturers have developed technologies which can “predict” the print pressure for a fast set- up, and can control the printed result during printing • UV flexo technology has proven to be most suitable for practical application of the Digital Flexo concepts • Register, anilox pressure and print pressure are the only variables left to be adjusted on the print unit • Digital Flexo technologies reduce waste and increase production speeds for short runs, extending flexo applications to traditional “native” digital markets 866-APEX-USA gtt@ apexnorthamerica.com www.byebyeanilox.com Hello,GTT When the world’s largest anilox manufacturer rewrites the flexo rulebook with an invention that practically renders obsolete conventional hexcell anilox technology, you know it’s a pretty big deal. Meet GTTFLEX for wide web and GTTLABEL for narrow web. Meet the future of high-quality flexo ink-to- plate metering technology. Imagine replacing your vast stockpile of hexcell anilox rolls/sleeves with just two or three GTT surfaces. Streamline your pressroom: use the same surface for fine screens and stronger solids — on fewer ink stations at higher speeds. Re-imagine your flexo future producing high-definition output. Gain unparalleled print quality and consistency. Do more with less – and free your bottom line to soar. Is this an evolution in flexo? More like a revolution. Here’s why: we reinvented the very concept of ink-to- plate transfer and perfected a new Open Slalom Ink Channel surface geometry, a new hybrid ceramic and a new laser engraving process. Coupled with new flat-top-dot plate technology, GTT delivers unrivaled clarity and predictability — typically at faster speeds and with less clean-up. And don’t worry — if you’re not quite ready to join the GTT revolution or just don’t require the benefits of GTT, you can still enjoy our premier UltraCell and UltraCellPLUS series of conventional hexcell anilox rolls — still top-rated globally. So save time. Save ink. And save money. Let us prove it: download your own GTT brochure today. Or better yet, ask for your GTT quote today. ® Bye bye, anilox. Adios, unwieldy anilox inventories. Sayonara, BCM/LPI math. Bon voyage, sleeve and roll changes. So long, pinholes, dot gain, mottling and haloing. See ya later, downtime. Don’t worry. We’ll still sell you an anilox roll — if you’re really into oldies. GTTLABEL for Label/Narrow Web | GTTFLEX for Flexible Packaging | GTTCORR for Corrugated | GTTOFFSET for Offset | UltraCell & UltraCellPLUS Anilox Cylinders THE FUTURE OF Fl ExO BOOTh3003LabelExpoAmericasChicago,ILSeptember11-132012ViSiTUS!ThefutureofHi-DefHi-Qualityflexobeginshere. GTT Print Ads 8x10.875 FLEXO.indd 1 6/29/12 1:41:28 PM 58 FLeXO August 2012 www.flexography.org A Digital Flexo gidue M5 8 color uV press will be demoed on-site at labelexpo of the Americas 2012, september 11-13, Rosemont, il, in Booth # 5722. Photos: nuova gidue. Press Buyer’s Guide