Flint Group has announced a new addition to its product portfolio: the nyloflex XVH digital plate, a versatile, hard durometer plate with an inherently flat top surface. First announced at LabelExpo Europe 2017, the new plate is now commercially available and can be used as is or further tailored with the use of surface screening. This thermally-processed printing plate provides extraordinary detail that rivals the quality of solvent-processed plates.
It will be highlighted at the upcoming Labelexpo Americas 2018, to be held from 25–27 September. To expand the Flint Group offering for the label market, the nyloprint WF SHARP will be launched at the show. The water-washable, film based plate for the high-end label market improves quality with the highest line count for reproduction of the finest details. This plate is suitable for all types of processing equipment with a flexible polyester base, which results in excellent adaption to different cylinders.
As an integral part of the Flint Group Label Factory, a product and service portfolio that covers all steps of the value chain for label printing, the Flexographic division will demonstrate how it adds value to prepress and press side operations with its latest innovations in nyloflex printing plates, plate processing equipment and rotec sleeves and adapters for label and narrow web printing.
‘As a solutions provider, Flint Group is able to share its expertise in the different flexo printing components to develop products that synergistically work together to deliver added value to our customers,’ stated Jim Rogers, vice president/general manager Flexographic. ‘For example, we used our technical competence in the area of inks to foster our development of the nyloflex XVH thermal printing plate to work optimally with low migration UV flexo inks to ensure longer and cleaner print runs. Flint Group’s comprehensive approach to developing solutions that meet our customers’ challenges is seen across the product portfolio.’
Also on display will be the rotec Eco Bridge, a unique adapter for use on flexographic printing presses and plate-mounting equipment. It features a breathable metal ring that creates an air pillow around the entire circumference of the adapter for easy and fast mounting of sleeves. It uses 90% less volume of compressed air, reducing noise and enabling cost savings.
Visitors can see for themselves how the rotec High Performance Sleeve offers superior dimensional stability and incorporates the new easy-mount technology to increase the ease and speed of mounting sleeves on press. This improves productivity and makes on-press job changes faster and smoother.
The rotec High Speed Sleeve, to be on display at the booth, has been developed with a highly compressible surface to reduce press bounce and enable printers to increase press speeds as much as 30-80%. Its exclusive composition also supports a significant increase in press speed.
On September 26, Flint Group will reveal the winners of its 14th Annual Print Awards, which celebrate the best label submissions from Flint Group’s Narrow Web, Flexographic and Xeikon customers. The awards will recognise customers for their outstanding print produced with the range of product solutions from Flint Group.