The plate has been developed for wide-web flexible packaging, and it is the latest addition to the portfolio of thermal plates designed to perform in the Nyloflex Xpress thermal processor, which enables the plates to be ready for press from imaging to finishing in under one hour.
PJ Fronczkiewicz, product manager, Flint Group flexographic division, said, “The printers will appreciate the anti-ink fill (AIF) technology that we put into the XFH plates. As a result, the plates stay much cleaner during printing, reducing stops and increasing press uptime, and they have a good solvent resistance which improves colour consistency over long runs.”
There are no additional consumable items or software required to attain the flat-top dot structure and texture on the plate. XFH’s ink transfer reduces pin-holing and helps in achieving a uniform vignette with soft highlight fades and even tones.
“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,” added Fronczkiewicz.
One of the key features of the plate is its texturised surface, which requires no surface screening to produce dense solids on flexible packaging and it can also be imaged at high speeds at any resolution.
According to Fronczkiewicz, the plates can be exposed using any standard flexo plate exposure unit and imaged with any laser system suitable for imaging flexo printing plates.
The plates are commercially available in standard thicknesses of 045-inches (1.14-mm) and 067-inches (1.70-mm); and in 35x47-inches (900x1200-mm), 42x60-inches (1067 x 1524-mm) and 50x80-inches (1270x2032-mm) sizes.