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FLEXO Magazine : January 2013
Technologies & Techniques Sleeves, Screens & Proofs exciting Times, Dynamic Changes By ian Hole It’s quite an exciting time for flexo printing. Things are dynamically changing, and there is a pretty good-sized list of priorities to think about for the coming year. I will focus this quick piece with three that will certainly affect how our industry—particularly its printers—proceed in the future. SCREEN TEST Research has shown a strong link between screening and color control. With higher line screens and a full print range from 0 to 100, we can attain a wider gamut. We are all well aware that brand owners want to take costs out of their packaging budget. With the extended gamut offered by CMYK plus OGB—where many of the special brand colors can be matched—flexo printers are now able to assure better consistency than other forms of printing. This multi-color print process is sustainable with less changes of ink units between jobs, faster makereadies leading to less substrate waste, a reduced number of printing units on the press, and less plates to make and anilox rollers to clean. Extending the tonal range offers very good Pantone spot color emulation, as long as the solid ink density (SID) is con- PROGRESS & PRIORITIES • Brand owners want to take cost out of their packag- ing budget • Flexo is a multi-color print process that is sustain- able. It now offers: - Less changes of ink units between jobs - Faster makereadies leading to less substrate waste - A reduced number of printing units on the press - Less plates to make and anilox rollers to clean • Better screening, wider gamuts, sophisticated proofs are on the horizon 48 FLeXO january 2013 www.flexography.org sleeves offer more print space on the substrate and better use of repeats.