XSYS has teamed up with narrow web flexo press manufacturer Nilpeter and prepress specialist Reproflex Scandinavia to test new flexo print solutions that will enable customers to produce high quality tags and labels.
The products included in the new project comprise of the nyloflex FTS Digital plates by XSYS, an inherent flat top dot plate for printing flexible packaging, tags and labels on foil or paper substrates with solvent, water or UV ink.
The versatile plate can be used with standard solvent processing equipment. The smooth plate surface has a very fine grain that is able to hold customized surface screening patterns. It also features AIF technology with outstanding sub-surface ink repellence to prevent ink filling, thereby keeping plates clean during print runs and allowing increased press uptime.
It also includes printing on a Nilpeter FA-17, which provides stability, tight register tolerance, and printing results on multiple substrates; all normal self-adhesive materials, including flexible packaging films, polymer films, metallic films, and paper.
The FA’s Clean-Hand Technology minimises hands-on press interaction, all data is saved, jobs are easily recalled, and the press will auto register. This approach further eliminates previous manual controls; quick lock handles are replaced with touch button controls, all printing unit covers can open individually or simultaneously, and the anilox rollers have an automatic cleaning function before release.
It also includes prepress by Reproflex Scandinavia which covers the entire value chain from artwork, design, prepress, proofing, colour management, flexo plate and sleeves production. Flexo solutions include SoftTone+ for smooth fadeout, Ultra White for better opacity with less ink and Extended Gamut Printing (EGP).
The results of recent print trials, carried out at Nilpeter’s technology centre in Denmark, are eye-catching label samples that demonstrate what can be achieved with the right combination of prepress, plate and printing press technology and knowledge.
XSYS OEM business development manager Dr. Joelle Bédat said demands on printers to deliver consistently high-quality print with no defects or colour variations, at lower cost and with quick delivery, continues unabated.
Dr. Bédat added that meanwhile, the variables inherent in the flexo process can negatively affect the outcome and quickly eat into profitability.
“By working closely with other leading industry suppliers, XSYS is dedicated to developing innovative and robust flexo solutions for customers to help them reach, and even exceed, their goals,” Dr. Bédat said.
“Strong industry partnerships are essential in order to drive innovation in flexo printing, so our customers can remain competitive. The results we are presenting today clearly show the value of this collaboration, and we look forward to building on this platform over the coming months.”
Following the success of the initial print trials, the partnership plans to expand the scope of the project further to address new sustainability demands.