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FLEXO Magazine : February 2013
As the firm’s only print technology, flexo is a long-term investment for Ultra Flex. The company intends to automate its prepress production to get good files to the press as fast and as easily as possible. Management also intends to invest in HD Flexo, to make up for the coarseness it cur- rently experiences compared to gravure. HD Flexo will also help with more even solids, and offer better flexo detail (see sample below). Ultra Flex is also working toward expanding its gamut with OGB inks. Tests have demonstrated an increase in gamut of 79 percent compared to CMYK. An update on Ultra Flex in January 2013 shows it has printed hundreds of jobs using seven-color expanded gamut technology. All in all, Ultra Flex believes that gravure offers high quality images and solids, but delivers only medium-quality type and a higher prepress cost. Meanwhile, flexo has many more advantages, including high quality images, solids, and type, along with lower costs and a faster turnaround. The assess- ment is similar to that of American Packaging: gravure is great for long run work, while flexo is good for both long and short runs. 68 FLEXO february 2013 www.flexography.org GraVure (magnified) fLeXO (magnified) GraVure (magnified) fLeXO (magnified) TraDITIONaL fLeXO with smooth plate surface HD fLeXO with micro cell surface.