XSYS has launched the nyloflex FTM Digital flexo plate for printing with water-based inks.

It enables printing with water-based inks on coated and uncoated paper for aseptic food packaging and corrugated preprint liner.

The acceleration in the demand for more environmentally friendly packaging production triggered its development Simon Top, product manager at XSYS, says, “The new plate has a broad appeal. Printers serving different segments of the packaging production can move to a more sustainable operation. Not only that, they can retain the ability to produce the highest quality products.

“The nyloflex FTM Digital plate will help to fulfil the brand owners’ sustainability requirements. It allows printers to switch from printing on plastic film materials to printing on paper substrates with water-based inks.”

The company says the medium hard plate has a smooth surface. It brings a good ink transfer and ink laydown out of the box and can reproduce sophisticated surface screenings. It has no need for additional equipment or auxiliaries. The plate can be exposed in existing systems with standard tube lights or LED UV-A light exposure before solvent processing.

Improved press uptime

XSYS says its inherent flat top dot technology ensures minimum dot wear and significantly less dot gain compared to round top dot plates. The company adds it improves press uptimes to reduce costs and startup waste in the press room. Featuring advanced dot sharpening, the nyloflex FTM Digital presents fine highlights and a high solid ink density in print. XSYS says this increases the shelf appeal of the final product.

Top says, “The nyloflex FTM Digital is the flat top dot counterpart of our nyloflex ACT Digital plate. It enables printers to easily tackle both coated and uncoated papers without the need to use two different plate types. In the past, you had to combine a hard plate and a medium hard plate to achieve the optimum result. In one customer case, using the new plate, we reduced this complexity for up to 60 per cent. Better plate filling is an additional benefit, reducing the plate waste and total plate cost in the plate making process.”

The new plates will ship in in 1.14mm to 2.84mm thicknesses and in varying plate sizes from May 31.

Top adds, “The new plates are the optimum choice for long high-quality print runs on more sustainable substrates. They offer the perfect response to market pressure for cost-efficient solutions that are better for the environment.”

XSYS is a division of Flint Group.

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