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FLEXO Magazine : June 2013
Most recently, many award winning entries at the 2013 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards, including at least one “Best of Show” recipient, were produced using GTT from Apex. Indeed, a number of award winning converters have stated that they could not have achieved such outstanding results without the new genera- tion of GTT technology. Perhaps most importantly, however, is the fact that GTT has achieved patents in Europe, USA and China. “GTT has proven its worth again and again in the field, and thereby secured a strong position in the market alongside conventional anilox rolls,” said Georg Selders, sales director, Europe at Apex. High Quality Printing & Fixed Pallet Underpinning these strong performances is the unique technology that allows GTT to perform to such high standards. Unusually, even within the high quality flexible packaging industry, it is possible to reproduce extremely fine lines with Apex’s GTT S and XS, while the patented metering profiles are suitable for plates of 250 lpi and higher. So, whether printing high, low or mid percentage dots, GTT controls dot gain and maintains density at high speeds over long runs, also reducing the need to stop and clean plates; something which simply is not fea- sible with a conventional hex engraving. This will also result in a much wider color spectrum, which is highly suitable for extended gamut print (also called “fixed pallet”); while solids will print with less “mottling” and “pinholing” and this is ideal for high opaque white applications. Furthermore, “ink misting,” a phenomenon that is becoming more prevalent as press speeds increase, is significantly reduced, if not altogether eliminated. These are just some of the reasons why so many converters in all of the Flexo sectors, whether they are printing film, paper, foil, corrugated, or using water, solvent or UV ink, are turning to Apex’s revolutionary metering technology; and why it is becoming increasingly obvious that GTT, with its slalom structure, truly is the wave of the future. After six months, “Volume range is still within 3% off each other.” ADVERTORIAL Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association Technical Education Services Team 3920 Veterans Memorial Hwy Ste 9 Bohemia NY 11716-1074 Phone: (631) 737-6020 Fax: (631) 737-6813 www.flexography.org FLEXOGRAPHYPrinciplesandPractices6.0 “Finally! A book that demystifies flexographic printing. Bound to be a best seller.” - Dr. Blade “An entertaining ride that touches on everything flexo, from Anilox to Zahn Cup” - Cal Ibration “A masterful compilation of the building blocks of flexography” - Anna Lox “Another fast-paced page turner by FTA that will keep you glued to the couch.” - C.M. Whykay Get a fresh perspective and a new understanding into the principles and practices that have made the flexographic process so successful. Newbies will benefit from content on: presses, ink, ink metering systems, and plate mounting. The more practiced flexographer will find modernized information on topics including: design, platemaking, process color and web inspection systems. And everyone will find use for the updated Flexographic Troubleshooting Guide for those pesky problems sure to arise. A perfect addition to your bookshelf...just be sure to place it within easy reach, you’re bound to be referencing it time and time again. paperback: FTA Member: $130.00 | List: $260.00 Kindle: List: $99.00 www.flexography.org/fpp 100% Updated. 30% expanded. 100% relevant.