Flint Group Introduces Thermal Flat Top Dot Plate for Flexible Packaging Printing
- Prints with excellent ink transfer with no surface screening required
- Increases press uptime with outstanding solvent resistance, avoiding ink fill-in
- Reduces pinhole effect with smooth printed solids and exceptional highlights
At a time when flexible packaging print quality is advancing rapidly with plate technologies such as flat top dots, specialized surfaces and screening techniques, Flint Group is proud to introduce a new thermal, flat top dot plate, nyloflex® XFH Digital. The plate was developed specifically for the wide web flexible packaging printer and is the latest addition to the portfolio of thermal plates designed to perform optimally in the nyloflex® Xpress thermal processor.
The unique texturized surface of nyloflex® XFH Digital plates requires no surface screening to produce beautiful, dense solids on flexible packaging and can be imaged at high speed at any resolution. Besides exceptional ink transfer which reduces pinholing, uniform vignettes with soft highlight fades and even tones are effortlessly achieved. Combined with the nyloflex® Xpress thermal processing system which eliminates all solvent handling and plate drying time, plates will be ready for press – from imaging to finishing – in under one hour.
Plates may be exposed using any standard flexo plate exposure unit and imaged with any laser system suitable for imaging flexo printing plates. There are no additional consumable items or software required to attain the flat top dot structure and texture on the plate. nyloflex® XFH Digital plates are specifically designed for the nyloflex® Xpress thermal processing system.
“Printers will especially appreciate the anti-ink fill (AIF) technology that we put into the XFH plates,” explains P.J. Fronczkiewicz, Product Manager Flint Group Flexographic. “As a result, the plates stay much cleaner during printing, reducing stops and increasing press uptime, and they have outstanding solvent resistance which improves color consistency over long runs. The superior resistance to solvent makes the plates more durable, which also contributes to our customers’ sustainability efforts since they are able to reuse the plates in many instances – so it’s a win-win option for them,” Fronczkiewicz concludes.
Plates are commercially available in .045” (1.14 mm) and .067” (1.70 mm) standard thicknesses and in 35 x 47 in. (900 x 1200 mm), 42 x 60 in. (1067 x 1524 mm) and 50 x 80 in. (1270 x 2032 mm) sizes. Visit www.flintgrp.com for additional information or contact your local sales representative to arrange for trial plates.
The nyloflex® XFH Digital plate is another example of Flint Group’s dedication to provide its customers products which are Better. Faster. Easier to use.