Kodak Flexcel NX has taken flexographic printing to a whole new level! The new technology delivers results that surpass the quality of gravure printing. They are able to deliver print quality and performance that is a significant step ahead of traditional digital flexo.
The Flexcel NX system enables printing with high line screens in excess of 200 lpi, the product photography appear to jump off the packaging.
How do they do it? Below are the major benefits and advances in this technology.
Flat top dots:
In traditional digital flexo plate making, during UV exposure oxygen inhibition causes the dot profile to become rounded, particularly in highlight areas. With the Flexcel NX System all oxygen during UV exposure is eliminated. By eliminating the oxygen during UV exposure you are able to produce full amplitude flat-top dots with sturdy bases and strong shoulders. The dot structure is the key to delivering an unfailing, repeatable print.
One-to-one image Reproduction:
By using squarespot imaging technology, the fidelity of the thermal imaging layer, and the process of exposure in the absence of oxygen mean that the image in the digital filer is reproduced pixel for pixel on the printing plate.
Stability leads to consistency in prepress, which in turn leads to efficiency and cost savings. They produce precise and vigorous halftone dots that are less susceptible to variations in plate, processor, and environmental conditions.
High Resolution Imaging:
This advanced technology creates an effective resolution of 10,000 dpi compared to your average photograph of 300-500 dpi enabling printing dots as small as 10 microns. This allows for subtle highlight detail, vignettes that fade to zero and use of all available grey levels.
Sustainability and Reduction of Waste:
The Flexcel NX System is designed to produce plates that reduce the amount of substrate waste generated on press, and reduce the total number of plates used in production. On average a 20% reduction in substrate waste and an overall decrease in the number of plates was reported as well plates are capable of run lengths two to four times greater than traditional digital flexo plates.