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Esko to showcase new flexo platemaking solutions at Labelexpo 2017

PKBR Staff Writer Published 26 September 2017

Belgium-based Esko said it will exhibit a range of new and powerful flexo platemaking solutions for brand owners and label converters at this month’s Labelexpo 2017 in Brussels.

The company says that its technologies come with clear benefits while addressing the industry’s needs for quicker turnarounds and superior, consistent quality.

Included in the list are turnkey workflow solutions aimed for fast start-up, increased automation and improved collaboration during production of labels.

According to Esko, the two new turnkey workflow solutions help in making the entire process from order to production streamlined while enabling simpler label production.

As part of it, the company will introduce the Automation Engine Quick Start for Labels which is a turnkey workflow solution for label converters. The solution features a subset of the full Automation Engine capabilities which facilitates implementation of an automated workflow in seven days.

Esko has another turnkey solution to demonstrate in the form of WebCenter QuickStart for Labels. This solution, it says controls data management within the system and digitizes and optimizes communication and collaboration fully from briefing of the project to the production floor.

Esko says that its workflow server Automation Engine now manages flexo platemaking by facilitating a totally-automated platemaking workflow without operator intervention, from RIPped files to the exposed plate on the CDI Crystal XPS.

The company will also introduce Esko XPS Crystal 4835 UV exposure unit and the Esko CDI Crystal 4835 imaging unit for narrow to mid-web flexo applications such as flexible packaging.

Esko flexo business director Pascal Thomas said: “One of the primary factors influencing plate stability is fast UV exposure that holds the finest lines and text onto the plate.

“Full automation is achieved by linking the XPS to the CDI and thus reducing the process from five manual steps to just one.”


Image: Esko’s CDI Crystal 4835 XPS. Photo: courtesy of Esko-Graphics bvba.