Esko Introduces CDI Crystal 4835 And Print Control Wizard


Esko has introduced the CDI Crystal 4835. This new launch supports the 121.92 x 88.8cm (48×35 inch) plate size that is popular with flexo converters and provides the same benefits as the CDI Crystal 5080.

The Crystal CDI features automatic plate loading and unloading and is easy to use. Users report significant benefits in both time and quality. Operators need minimal training and spend 50% less time at the device. In addition, plate waste and plate inconsistencies resulting from manual plate handling are completely eliminated.

An early user of the CDI Crystal 4835, Lene Hoegh Madsen, prepress manager at the packaging group Schur in Germany, confirmed, ‘The CDI Crystal and XPS Crystal are very easy to operate. We can train new operators very fast, and that enables us to make plates at night or early in the morning depending on our needs, and not only when our platemaking expert is in.’

The innovative XPS Crystal exposure unit has been introduced for both the 5080 and 4835 sizes in the past few years. These systems are unique and have received awards for reducing the manual steps from nine steps to just one, and for delivering plates of higher quality and consistency thanks to their unique and patented digitally controlled simultaneous UV light main and back exposure.

Using the CDI Crystal in combination with the Crystal XPS frees up operators from mundane and repetitive tasks. It also means that there is only a single system to monitor.

The new Print Control Wizard software adds a new level of simplification in the platemaking department. Esko has worked its decades of expertise into an easy-to-use wizard that takes the complexity out of flexo platemaking. Flexo platemaking is now easier to use and easier to learn for everyone, without the need to hire dedicated flexo platemaking experts.

The application goes beyond excellent screening and outputs the right plate fit for purpose based on a range of print run parameters. The plates produced through Print Control Wizard deliver superior print quality; they use a screen and dot gain curves that take into consideration the press, substrates, inks, anilox and other print run parameters.

Esko’s innovative Crystal line delivers flexo plates with unmatched quality and consistency for all flexo printing applications. The benefits build up along with the configuration:

  • CDI Crystal standalone for ultimate ease of use and plate waste reduction.
  • CDI Crystal combined with the Crystal XPS adds automation and unparalleled plate consistency.
  • CDI Crystal XPS combined with Print Control Wizard adds flexo know-how out of the box. With this configuration, you can automate the production of consistently high-quality plates without the need for platemaking experts.
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