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REVO team collaborates for ‘Flexo Digital Revolution’

June 2, 2014

The “REVO Digital Flexo Revolution” is a new team of seven technology suppliers to the flexo industry whose goal is to digitalize the flexographic process and make it consistent and more cost effective. The team aims to strengthen the overall flexo business proposition in the labels and packaging industry. The team is made up of: Flint Group Narrow Web, Esko, DuPont, Apex, UPM Raflatac, Adare, and Nuova Gidue, who will officially introduce the project at an Open House at Gidue headquarters in Florence, Italy, June 10-12.

UV flexo, due to its high quality and consistency, is the preferred REVO printing technology. Extended color gamut/seven color separation is the preferred prepress technology: seven fixed colors (CMYK + Orange, Green, Violet or Reflex Blue) printed on top of each other, as very fine vignettes, are able to reproduce 90-95% of the PMS color palette. Next generation rollers provide ink transfer consistency due to the open slalom-designed surface. Digital automation removes the need to change anilox and ink to match PMS colors: print and diecutting cylinders are changed automatically without an operator, and also the press runs “digitally” without an operator. A list of substrates is provided for immediate production under REVO standards.

REVO members work together to define “off-the-shelf” protocols, hardware and software, immediately available to converters, who want to start producing in a digital flexo environment, without extra costs. A top-quality converter of labels and packaging is part of the REVO Team, and tests and validates the REVO standards on behalf of future REVO Converters.

REVO Digital Flexo standards will be available to the entire flexo industry six months after the official presentation of the REVO project. The partners have agreed to promote a move of flexo towards the full digitalization of the process, and agree to share at a later stage all the standards and the protocols defined for the best performance of the REVO Digital Flexo Revolution. The REVO project standards will be open to all the flexographic industry players, who are willing to share the REVO Digital Flexo objectives.