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FLEXO Magazine : July 2008
TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES had high quality talks with visitors from throughout the world. The number of or- ders taken has exceeded our expectations," remarked Martin Weickenmeier, vice- president of drupa and CEO of Körber PaperLink GmbH. The specialist ancillary program at drupa 2008 was very popular. With more than 130 exhibitors presenting innova- tions in the digital supplies sector, the drupa innovation parc was a great success. The drupacube served as an info-tainment center for print buyers. During the day, it was the site of workshops and symposia while in the evening it turned into a styl- ish venue for events. More than 830 print buyers took advantage of this offer. Technologies both new and established, both revolutionary and evolutionary were showcased at drupa 2008. Flexography was well represented by both big and small players in the field. Below is a recap of some products seen on the show floor. APEX GROUP OF COMPANIES Genetic Transfer Technology is used for manufacturing new UniCorr, UniFlex and UniCoat metering rolls. The roll surface is not ceramic, but a mixture of both chro- mium oxide and titanium oxide with fixed particle sizes. It is engraved by laser in a process which is very similar to that used for a conventional anilox roll. However, a newly developed special low energy laser, serves to produce completely new surface structures on the dosing roll surface. They are in no way comparable to the shaped cell structure of an anilox roll. There are no rulings, cell depths or opening ratios to specify for the new roll. The measur- able volumes relating to the amount of ink applied by the roll are no longer comparable with the ink application characteristics of an anilox roll. Although the structures are much shallower, com- parably high and variable amounts of ink can be applied. BOBST Bobst displayed multiple presses, in- cluding Asitrade, AtlasfTitan, General, Schiavi and Rotomec. Also showcased was well-known 16S from newly-ac- quired Fischer Krecke. The FP 16S is designed for versatile applications in the mid-web to wide-web range. The ma- chine can handle very demanding print processes on any flexible web and with any ink system on the market, including elec- tron beam ink-drying systems. DEGRAF SPA Concept 30SDW and Concept 30SEDLF, designed both for the packaging printing and the labeling segment, can produce flexographic plates from 66x81 cm up to 92x120 cm. Concept 30SDW, together with the "larger" Concept SOSDW, are equipped with a double washout area, which allows the separation of the "dirty" solvent (used to remove the layer of the digital plate), from the solvent used to process the plate. Concept 30SDW can process both digital and analog plates. DUPONT Thermal ITR (in - the- round) plate- making took center stage when DuPont displayed Cyrel round. Cyrel round encompasses a complete digital sleeve production solution, consisting of a fam- ily of "ready-to-image" printing sleeves, supported by complementary equipment for UV exposure, processing, drying and finishing. Cyrel round Classic is a newly developed photopolymer sleeve for high- quality printing, particularly on critical materials. Cyrel round Thin, combined with a compressible adapter sleeve, creates the perfect compromise between low dot gain and solid coverage. EFI The company announced new elements in its relationship with Pantone Inc. The EFI Fiery platform provides combined RIP and digital output device calibration, which ensures customers that their entire printing system is calibrated to the Goe system. EFI is among the earliest ven- dors to support the Pantone Goe system's new uncoated components launched by Pantone at drupa. This support extends across the EFI Advanced W orkstream Solutions portfolio and is in addition to the company's already existing support of Goe and the traditional Pantone library. At the show, EFI highlighted Pantone- enabled features for high-end process- color matching of spot-color printing in its Professional Color Capability workflow demonstration. ESKOARTWORK Esko showed the strength of its part- nerships, including Artwork Systems, Enfocus, DuPont, and Gradual. Two new partnerships were announced at the open- ing of the exhibition: Presstek will offer EskoArtwork's Odystar workflow solution under its own Latitude brand, and the SmartColour group at Sun Chemical will cooperate with EskoArtwork to bring in- novative solutions for brand color man- agement to the entire packaging supply chain. On the closing day, EskoArtwork also announced signing a letter of intent to acquire Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering Inc. (MGE). At the "Color for Everyone" demon- stration, end-to-end color management solutions for proofing and output were on display. Through a variety of samples, www.flexography.org J U L Y 2008 - FLEXO
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