Esko is reporting customer acceptance and successes at several customer sites worldwide with its new Full HD Flexo technology.
The Full HD Flexo technology combines Inline UV2 digital main exposure inside the Cyrel Digital Flexo plate imager (CDI) with innovative HD imaging and screening technology. Full HD Flexo extends the boundaries of flexo printing for flexible packaging. By enabling the formation of different dot structures in one single plate, the combination of smooth highlight printing and gravure-like solid ink lay-down can be achieved. The result is a superior flexo plate that is delivering unique print quality in highlights, mid-tones, shadows and solids of a print job.
It raises flexo print quality to an unprecedented level – comparable to gravure, digital print and even offset – and allows customers to cost-effectively deliver against the specific requirements of brand owners. We go beyond the binary discussion of flat top dots or round top dots, and create the best possible combination of dot structures on one and the same plate. This is a giant step forward for flexible packaging converters especially, as work can be done more cost effectively without loss in quality, while gaining brand colour consistency, said Dr. Thomas Klein, R&D Manager Flexo Business at Esko.
The HD Flexo technology has brought breakthrough quality to flexo printing at Bischof + Klein. Helmut Wenzl, Operations Manager at the Konzell printing plant of Bischof + Klein, said, Thanks to the installation of Eskos CDI with Inline UV2, our company can execute Full HD flexo printing with high screen rulings and a convincing solid ink laydown. The first productions in higher print runs up to 250000m also showed a very consistently reproduced quality, with print results matching the proofs exactly. We already have many production jobs to be handled with Full HD Flexo in the pipeline.
The fast acceptance and excellent results of this new technology are encouraging, said Juergen Andresen, Vice President Flexo Business at Esko, We are finalising installations at a range of early adopter sites and are ready for a global rollout from early 2013 onwards.
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