Fujifilm Introduces Clarity Plates

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Fujifilm has introduced Clarity, the latest technology expressly developed for flexo printers. Clarity are water-washable flexo plates that provide the highest flexo print quality at the fastest production times, while significantly lowering cost-in-use compared to thermal, solvent or other water-wash technology.

Brady Corporation, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based identification solutions manufacturer transitioned to Clarity water washable flexo plates in 2013 after running extensive plate trials.

Theresa Narveson, manufacturing engineer, Brady Corporation said, ‘We are always looking for ways to improve our productivity and efficiency in order to best serve our customers, and after representatives from Fujifilm visited us and installed the new Clarity plates, we received a lot of positive feedback from our press operators who were impressed with the quality, fast production time, durability and ease of clean-up.’

Clarity, which is compatible with Brady’s current CTP imaging equipment, reduces platemaking processing time to less than 40 minutes, 300 percent faster than leading solvent systems and 1.5 times faster than current thermal and water technologies. Faster plate making means more time on press and a dramatic increase in output per shift, while freeing printers to redeploy labor costs to more value-added activities.

Clarity’s innovative water wash chemistry does more than simply eliminate the need for solvents and wicking cloths, it delivers longer runs while producing a consistent 200 lpi at 4400 dpi, a one percent process dot structure for print quality never before seen with flexo plates.

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