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FLEXO Magazine : January 2014
TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES The UV LED Boom How Inkjet Technology Is Increasing Profits Having the ability to quickly create a realistic package prototype that impresses a potential client with its detail and accuracy can make all the difference when it comes to winning business in today ’s competitive mar- ketplace. Until recently, the problem has been how to easily and effectively achieve this level of realism—a prototype that matches the final product—cost effectively and within a short time frame. Today ’s advanced UV inkjet printers and printer/cutters offer flexo printers a cost effective solution, capable of producing realistic package prototypes in hours instead of days or weeks, without the long setup time, waste and returns associated with traditional package prototyping methods. Additionally, they print on virtually any substrate: • Polyethylene terephthalate • Polypropylene • Shrink wrap • Other original press substrates This allows packaging firms, flexo printers and converters to create prototypes using the same materials used in the final printrun. In a flexo operation, even a single proof or comp requires creating plates, adding labor and material costs to the job. While many shops rely on water based inkjet proofing devices to curb costs and produce proofs, these platforms don’t always support the films and other substrates used for flexible packaging. WHAT FILMS CAN UV LED PRINT TO? • Clear • Metallic • Colored • Shrink UV printers can add a variety of effects, like clear coat ink, die cutting and kiss cutting, scoring and more. 52 FLEXO JANUARY 2014 www.flexography.org