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62 Labels Plus Labels Plus 63 INDUSTRYNEWS 62 Labels Plus Following two years of development, Glunz & Jensen has introduced the FlexScan 1800. According to the manufacturer, the FlexScan 1800 enables trade shops and converters to exercise full control of sleeve quality before going on press, which prevents production stops and optimises press runs. Glunz & Jensen cuts repro time by 80% FlexScan digitally scans for “low and high spots” on round sleeves thereby eliminating the need for a full test run on a printing press. At the same time, the FlexScan delivers a quality report (PDF or in print), with relief depth/height, that is used to document the quality of incoming or outgoing sleeves. This process can be done in 20 minutes – compared to more than two hours with the current quality control process in the market. “This will enable our customers to cut repro time up to 80 % on each sleeve or adaptor and secure an optimal prepress workflow, along with the highest possible print quality,” says Søren Jørgensen, General Manager at Glunz & Jensen. when printing long-run jobs. FW LAM plates are compatible will all CtFP setters from Esko, Screen, Xeikon and Kodak. The environmental benefit of water wash-out and the elimination of wicking cloth as used in thermal techniques, translates into lower overall cost of making flexo or letterpress plates for label and packaging printers. Richard Ramirez, Fujifilm Australia’s National Prepress Manager said: “We are delighted to be releasing the Flenex range of flexography plates in Australia. They fit so well with the packaging industry’s – and Fujifilm’s – environmental goals in using no solvents or VOCs at all. On top of this, the dot range and shape, and therefore the image quality is brilliant. Overall, with water wash-out, shorter process and drying time and longer durability, costs of making quality flexo plates capable of photographic rendition, will also come down.” Trials have already begun in Australia, with customers finding Fujifilm’s new FLENEX plates delivering on their promise. For further information visit www.fujifilm.com.au FUJIFILM Australia has entered the flexographic plate market with the local release of its FLENEX range, following a very successful launch in the US and Europe at Labelexpo. Fujifilm Australia enters flexo plate market with FLENEX series FLENEX plates offer a sustainable and total solution for package printing in both narrow and wider web markets. The major flexo plate-making methods are addressed: • F LEN EX FW digital LAM water wash-out • F LEN EX FW analogue water wash-out for conventional exposure. The FW plates are available in thicknesses of 1.14mm, 1.70mm, 2.54mm and 2.84mm. Standard plate sizes vary from 533mm x 508mm up to 1067mm x 1524mm depending on analogue or digital applications. FLENEX uses a unique combination of photopolymers and a rubber compound, resulting in very sharp flat-topped dots, with steep shoulders, that are oxygen-resistant and capable of between four and ten times longer print runs than conventional water and solvent wash-out products. Printed images are brighter and with smoother gradations at anything up to 200lpi with halftone dots from 1% to 99% on FW-L media. The water-washable FLENEX system ensures a solvent- free pre-press environment and very fast plate processing/ drying time of, on average, 40 minutes. Other advantages include very good ink transfer, superior compatibility with UV, water-based, and solvent flexo inks, wear resistance and the ability to consistently maintain good product quality even p The FLENEX difference: sharper, brighter, smoother flexographic printing – and no chemicals used in processing; just water. Conventional Thermal and Solvent Plate Flenex FW Waterwash Plate Avery Dennison provides service enhancements for Select Solutions Avery Dennison is offering enhanced service options for its Select SolutionsTM portfolio. The move gives label converters fast and easy access to many more specialist products under the Fasson® EXACTTM and Ready WidthTM programmes. Being able to order the right format and quantity is crucial, as is inventory control, cost control and speed which has been improved, so converters can now respond to customer requests and use high-performance Select Solutions materials more easily than ever before. Over 150 Select Solutions products are available under the Avery Dennison EXACT and Ready Width programmes.
Labels Plus July 2016