Flint has introduced a new XAH Digital plate to its range of Nyloflex thermal printing plates, which are all designed specifically for use in Flint’s Nyloflex flexo Xpress thermal processor.
The new Nyloflex XAH Digital is a high durometer flexo plate that reproduces sharp details of the finest elements, screens, text and line work for superior quality print. It features a smooth surface but produces round top dots.
P.J. Fronczkiewicz, product manager for Flint Group Flexographic, says: “Even though the market as a whole is rapidly moving toward inherently flat top dot plates, many of our customers are still using a substantial amount of standard digital plates with round top dots. There are also companies that have invested in flat top systems and prefer to use those systems along with surface screening to create a customized plate surface for their specific applications.”
Flint has also formulated the plate with its Anti Ink Fill technology as Fronczkiewicz explains: “We also incorporate our AIF technology into this plate to address the issue of plates filling in with ink during printing. This frustrating problem – which can lead to dirty print – can occur in flexible packaging printing with solvent based inks as well as with some UV inks used in the tag & label market. The advantage of AIF technology is that it provides outstanding sub-surface ink repellence to keep the plate screens and reverses clean during print runs, so printers have fewer press stops and can achieve faster press speeds.”
Flint says that the Nyloflex Xpress Thermal System should deliver lower operating costs while producing plates in under one hour from imaging to finishing. The system has a heating system that uses very low energy to control the temperature of the plate surface so that there’s no need for extra components, such as a chiller or vapor handling system. This in turn cuts down the total energy consumption, allowing Flint to claim that it’s a more sustainable approach to other thermal or solvent processing systems.
The Nyloflex XAH Digital Plates are commercially available now, in 1.14 mm and 1.70 mm thicknesses and in varying plate sizes. The Nyloflex Xpress Thermal Processing System is available in either F IV (1067 x 1524 mm) or the soon-to-be released F V (1270 x 2032 mm) format sizes. You can find further details from flintgrp.com.