MacDermid Printing Solutions has introduced a digital flexo printing plate designed specifically for corrugated printing. Digital MAF, the new ‘Anti-Fluting’ plate, has a dot profile that dramatically reduces fluting, without the use of additional platemaking techniques or exposure systems.
Digital MAF is the latest in a series of recent product introductions from MacDermid that leverage the company’s expertise in dot shape engineering. This unique expertise in flat-top dots allows MacDermid to optimise each plate’s dot shape to match the particular print application. In this instance, the Digital MAF dot shape is designed to minimise the variations in dot compression that arise from the valleys and peaks of the fluted corrugated board structure.
Timothy Gotsick, Ph.D., vice president and general manager at MacDermid said, ‘The corrugated printing market has been crying out for a solution to the fluting problem for quite some time, and we’re happy to deliver a solution that is not only simple, but extraordinarily effective. Customers who use Digital MAF for their post print corrugated applications will see a dramatic reduction in fluting with the added benefit of being able to produce higher quality print at even faster press speeds than before.’
Digital MAF is commercially available in thicknesses of 2.84mm up to 6.35mm and in format sizes up to 1270cm x 203.2cm (50 x 80 inches).