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FLEXO Magazine : November 2012
demonstrations, the ideal shop consists of high performance flexographic presses for short, medium and long runs, plus digital equipment for very short runs and variable imaging projects, and converting systems positioned either in-line or offline, depending on the type of job being run. Each job is controlled by a management information system (MIS) that defines its path, and then reports its performance at the end of the run. Prati introduced its complete workflow for booklet labels production including VEGAplus BOOKLET and SATURN BOOKLET solutions. Specifically designed for the off-line production of booklet labels, the 75 m/min VEGAplus LF 330 BOOKLET has a web width of up to 330mm and can apply - in register - a booklet label on the base label. The new SATURN BOOKLET inspection machine is equipped with the BKL web path upgrade, big idlers, special nipping wheels and an outstanding web guide system. Harper Corporation of America featured a display of the popular Phantom QDTM ink proofing system. Additionally, event participants were drawn to the state- of-the-art engraving technology that the industry leader has developed. This technology, dubbed Extreme Digital Imaging (XDITM), was displayed on a ceramic roll that bore the portraits of Ron and Katherine Harper, founders of Harper Corporation of America. A second, smaller roll was engraved with bold totem pole-like images. This particular display highlighted LaserKote engravings, which are perfect for high volume printing. Color Resolutions International (CRI) featured its new Hydro Poly ink system. The Hydro Poly has been designed for printing on the most challenging of substrates; it provides outstanding adhesion and print quality on many films. The firm’s new exhibit displayed dozens of samples of labeling and packaging, printed using CRI flexographic and gravure inks and coatings with technical experts on-hand to discuss UV and water-based formulations. Pitman featured the new DuPontTM Cyrel® Performance Series (DFP & DSP) digital plates, Cyrel® DigiFlow workflow, Cyrel® FAST, and DuPontTM Tyvek® for tags, labels and more, all of which were demonstrated. The booth showcased packaging solutions that combine to deliver perfection in detail and productivity, such as 3M mounting tapes, Toray letterpress plates, JM Heaford’s newly designed TT 500 ELS plate mounter, the Epson SureColor S70670 64-in. solvent printer and the WT7900 inkjet proofing system, X-Rite’s Exact Handheld spectrophotometer, high-end color management and proofing applications from GMG, the Esko Cyrel 2530 digital imager, Apex anilox rolls and the FlexoWash PW 45 plate cleaner. Alden & Ott introduced soy polymer inks that are naturally produced, stand as a renewable resource, and can be used as cleaner printing. These inks are also 20 percent more degradable and more readily recyclable than other options. Allison Systems Corp. presented a new, heavy-duty dual head peristaltic pump designed specifically for narrow web applications. The pump provides precise control of ink flow through the chamber on both the supply and return sides. Apex North America unveiled its reduced-weight UltraCell series anilox rolls, the ReadyRoll advance in-stock roll program, and GTTLabel – the revolutionary successor to anilox technology for the label and narrow web market. UltraCell anilox and GTTLabel rolls are 30-50 percent lighter, www.flexography.org november 2012 FLEXO 59