Flint Group Flexographic Products has announced that it will launch a new, UV exposure technology for flexographic printing plates that offers significant advantages over existing technologies. The new exposure technology, currently in beta testing, will enable digital flexo plates to achieve 1:1 file to plate imaging, improving print image reproduction.
“Easily integrated into existing digital workflows, this new technology creates 'flat top dots' and high line screen imaging without the use of any lamination step or inert gas technology,” says Dan Rosen, sales director, national accounts. Expected to be commercially available in 2011, Flint Group’s exposure technology will enhance the benefits of HD flexo, and Rosen says it can easily integrate plate cell surface screening for improved ink transfer.
Also at Labelexpo, Flint Group has announced an expansion of its new “Ultra Thin” plates – those that are just .030” thin. The new line includes nyloflex FAB digital, ACE digital and potentially other materials in the near future. “Flint Group has a growing customer base using Ultra Thin plates,” says Rosen. “Recent testing with FAB digital material, a relatively new plate product, has shown that solid ink density need not suffer by switching to the more efficient thin plate technology.”