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FLEXO Magazine : November 2012
in rotary systems, the ink produces high color strength for expert end-use results. Lastly, specifically designed for food packaging applications, the low migration UV flexo ink, Flexocure ANCORA was introduced for an ink to meet even the toughest migration tests. Esko launched the Automation Engine 12, for fully-automated workflow applications. Now the BackStage, Nexus, and Odystar workflow solutions are combined into one platform. By being the first to provide full automation for jobs combining multiple printing techniques, the Automation Engine 12 allows such parameters as trapping, reflighting and distortion. Through the engine, a printing process can be assigned to every separation within a file. Allen Datagraph Systems Inc. presented its iTech CENTRA HS Digital Label System, a complete roll-to-roll system between full-scale production and tabletop label production. Capable of runs of 1000 – 3000 feet, the system has the ability to roll substrate to finished product without dies. The printer comes complete with Wasatch SoftRIP software that manages all print job parameters. Intuitive layout features enable users to maximize substrate usage to minimize waste. Anderson & Vreeland featured the Esko CDI Spark 2420 bundle – a small format digital imager with internal RIP and curve building software to make it easy to move from analog to digital. This device uses ablation technology to remove the carbon-mask from a digital plate to produce a plate that is ready for main exposure and processing. The firm also introduced the DigiFlex FlexoJet 1725. This machine uses inkjet technology to print the black negative onto analog plate material. The secret to this technology is a primer coating that gets applied to the material prior to printing – when this specialty- formulated primer and DigiFlex ink mix, they gel instantly creating a clean, crisp negative on the surface of almost any analog plate material. Xeikon, the manufacturer of webfeb digital color presses for labels and packaging converters announced its partnership with print quality inspection system maker Label Vision Systems (LVS). To prove the importance of this partnership, the LVS 7000 was utilized at Xeikon’s booth to inspect runs produced on the Xeikon 3300 digital press. Also introduced by Xeikon was the Vectorizor. This new software add-on for the X-800 works hand-in-hand with laser diecutting devices. Avery Dennison introduces the TurnLock Laminating System, which allows converters to cut material costs by 30 percent, as well as add 25 percent to operational productivities by eliminating the need for overlaminate or transfer tape. Also introduced was the Prime Film Portfolio, a suite of clear, white and metalized facestocks, anchored www.flexography.org november 2012 FLEXO 55