Flint has added a new printing plate, the Nyloflex FTH,to its range of flat top dot plates and is aimed at flexible packaging printing.
It can be exposed with either standard tube or LED UV-A light, which will give a flat top dot surface on the plate without the need for any further processing steps. The surface can then be texturized with the latest surface screening technology to create a customized surface pattern to meet the specific requirements of the printer. This results in a micro-textured surface for good ink laydown and improved solid ink density on flexible foil substrates. Flint claims that this leads to lower ink consumption, which should save costs, though of course this depends on the cost of the plates.
The plate is said to hold extremely sharp highlight detail due to its very hard durometer. The formulation has been optimised to counter ink fill, allowing for cleaner running plates with increased press uptime. It also has good solvent resistance, allowing for more consistent results across longer print runs.
The Nyloflex FTH plates are available in 1.14 mm and 1.70 mm standard thicknesses and in 900 x 1200 mm, 1067 x 1524 mm and 1270 x 2032 mm sizes. The plates are processed in solvent. You can find further details from www.flintgrp.com.