Flint Group Flexographic Products has released a photopolymer flexo printing plate, nyloflex FTC digital, for corrugated postprint, claiming significant fluting reduction and outstanding print quality.
The company says that its nyloflex FTC digital plate offers outstanding print quality – sharp and defined elements with precisely reproduced text and codes, featuring excellent ink transfer, resulting in very smooth solids with even ink laydown, which allows for high and consistent print quality on a variety of substrates.
Eva Freudenthaler, vice president Technology at Flint Group Flexographic Products, says, “With a continuing trend for lower quality liners due to cost reasons, however, uncompromised requirements for quality printing, printers, retailers and brand owners demand good quality in corrugated post print, both for superior liners and more challenging materials.”
Flint Group says that nyloflex FTC Digital Plate provides the benefits of flat top dots by processing it like any standard digital plate – no additional equipment, processing steps or consumables required.
Freudenthaler adds, “With the development of nyloflex FTC Plate, we had two focal points with regard to print quality: to reduce the fluting effect across many different liner qualities and to further enhance the quality of fine highlight screens in corrugated postprint. While at the same time, keeping it simple for the pre-press operation by providing a plate that can be processed like any normal digital printing plate.”
The company says that on the press, the new inherent flat top dot flexo plate allows for great consistency due to less dot gain tolerances, higher wear resistance and print-run stability, also at increased press speeds. It adds that the nyloflex FTC digital plate ensures a reduced bump-up and consistent dot gain over the entire print-run. In addition, the new flexo plate provides cost savings and increased productivity through quick press set-up, resulting in shortened start-up times and reduced waste.
The new photopolymer flexo printing plate, nyloflex FTC digital, will be available in several thicknesses, from 2.84 mm up to 6.35 mm.