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Flint launches inherently flat top flexo plate

Published 17 July 2017

Packaging and printing supplier Flint Group has launched nyloflex FTC Digital for corrugated postprint.

The product launch will expand the company's flat top dot flexo plate that can provide significant fluting reduction for various corrugated boards from fine to rough flute.

nyloflex FTC Digital plate is claimed to be offering high print quality, with sharp and defined elements and precise reproduction of text and codes. This lets printers to use high resolution printing in corrugated postprint.

It is also claimed that the new flexo plate offers good ink transfer, resulting in smooth solids with even spread of ink. This results in high and consistent print quality and variety of substrates.

The new product benefits printers with flat top dots in an easy and efficient by processing it like any standard digital plate, with no additional equipment, processing steps or the need for other consumables. This also simplifies the complexity of plate making, while enhancing reproducibility.

The plate material can show its durability, robustness, high ozone resistance and good storage capabilities that are standard for all nyloflex printing plates.

Flint Group Flexographic Products Technology Vice President Eva Freudenthaler said: “With a continuing trend for lower quality liners due to cost reasons, however, uncompromised requirements for quality printing, printers, retailers and brand owners demand good quality in corrugated postprint, both for superior liners and more challenging materials.

“With the development of nyloflex® FTC plate, we therefore had two focal points with regard to print quality - to reduce the fluting effect across many different liner qualities and to further enhance the quality of fine highlight screens in corrugated postprint - while at the same time keeping it simple for the pre-press operation by providing a plate that can be processed like any normal digital printing plate.”

The new photopolymer flexo printing plate, nyloflex FTC Digital, will be available in several thicknesses, ranging from 2.84 mm (.112”) up to 6.35 mm (.250”).

Image: Flint Group releases nyloflex flat top corrugate (FTC). Photo: Courtesy of Flint Group.