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Greece's Forlabels invests in ThermoFlexX

March 24, 2014

The label and packaging converter says the imager has greatly improved production times.

The first Xeikon ThermoFlexX imager in Greece has been installed by Forlabels, one of the country's leading label and flexible packaging printers.

Vasilis Chatzichrysos, production and plant manager, says that Forlabels decided on ThermoFlexX after extensively testing the functionality and output of its imagers. "We are in no doubt that ThermoFlexX models distinguish themselves from other flexo imagers by providing the highest output quality on the market. We were also greatly impressed by the productivity of the ThermoFlexX imager, which is unmatched even at higher resolutions. The installation of the ThermoFlexX 48 has significantly improved our production times," he says

Forlabels was founded in 1986 by Avgerinos Chatzichrysos who was later joined by his brother Vasilis. The company runs flexo, digital, thermal, cold foil and screen printing processes. In addition to comprehensive prepress facilities, the finishing department includes laminating and diecutting plus a host of other processes that allow Forlabels to produce an extensive range of self-adhesive labels.

ThermoFlexX offers the widest selection of resolutions of any flexo imager on the market:  2,400, 2,540, 4,000, 4,800 and 5,080 dpi. The latter equates to 250 lpi, which provides about 25% greater sharpness of line-work and images compared to the high definition standards commonly used in other flexo imagers. The automatic clamping system allows plates to be mounted quickly and accurately while the automatic plate release function enables plates to be unloaded in a controlled and manageable way. The vacuum slider, unique to ThermoFlexX models, allows the use of plates of any width. By simply moving a slider to the edge of the plate the operator can isolate the vacuum on the unused part of the drum.

Featuring an open network interface, ThermoFlexX imagers are able to image 1-bit TIFF files received from any prepress workflow with the aid of its MultiPlate software. An easy-to-use graphical interface guides jobs through MultiPlate in order to optimize plate usage. MultiPlate incorporates hot-folder functionality and includes features such as automatic job organization, file cropping, gap customization plus step and repeat.

"We are totally focused and committed to offering the highest possible service to customers," says Avgerinos Chatzichrysos, general and commercial manager. "To achieve our objectives we constantly monitor new developments and technologies around the globe, and invest in industry-leading equipment that enables us to meet customers' requirements with efficiency, versatility and professionalism."

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