“The benefits of direct laser engraving with AVCE are extraordinary,” says Paul Zeinert, direct engraving product manager for Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. “Plate processing is 30% faster, print quality is amazing and AVCE has less impact on the environment. We’re honored to have received this certification."
AVCE direct engraving material is imaged by direct laser ablation in a one-step process that delivers impressive results, including excellent ink transfer, dimensional stability and durability, faster processing, and plate resolution up to 200 lpi for flexography and 250 lpi for letterpress.
According to the company, AVCE lets customers control the engraving parameters that affect dot shape and support, producing precise results that can be formulated to match printing requirements. The ability to directly engrave AVCE impacts the three dimensions of an image reproduced on to the printing plate. Plate relief becomes shallower and more stable since AVCE can be engraved precisely in the third dimension with up to 12-bit digital resolution. Total relief depth and dot support parameters within the plate are not fixed, as physically given with UV exposure. These parameters are operator controlled and adjustable to the density in the design. At the same time, AVCE provides optimum reverse depth in the image without the need to adjust overall plate relief.