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FLEXO Magazine : October 2012
It also features redundant diodes, autofocus optics, and cantilevered sleeve loading. This all leads to faster prep, imaging, and handling times and has afforded dramatic re- ductions in actual engraving time, thus dramatically reducing overall costs of imaged sleeves to customers. “ What’s the most exciting part of all of this?” asks Moravcik with a smile, “Even though it blows the doors off everything out there, this architecture is still in its infancy stage, with nowhere to go but even faster, with even better quality. ” Welcome to the new world! n About the Authors: Nathan Smith is the senior network/ systems analyst for Carey Color Inc., a full service digital imaging company headquartered in Sharon Center, OH, with locations in Illinois, Wisconsin, and the U.K. The firm employs more than 100 experienced prepress craftsmen. Due to their expertise, Carey Color was chosen in 2011 to partner with Kodak to be the North American alpha site for the Flexcel Direct Digital Engraving system. Carey also operates four additional laser engravers at multiple sites in the U.S ., and in the U.K., manufacturing laser engraved plates and sleeves for dry offset, flexo, emboss, and Intaglio printing. This article was compiled with significant technical guid- ance provided by Gary Moravcik, president/CEO of Carey Color Inc. , and Edward Stolzman and Adam Smrdel, flexog- raphy division sales representatives. For more information regarding elastomer sleeves; please contact Carey Color Inc. at 800-555-3142 or visit www.careyweb.com. Sarah Moravcik of Carey Color demonstrates loading of the elastomer sleeve on the Flexcel Direct System. Carey Color Inc. , S haron Center, OH. 56 FLEXO OCtOber 2012 www.flexography.org