ROCHESTER, NY—The installation of the first KODAK FLEXCEL NX System at Sweden’s Okab Intergraphic has been so successful the packaging specialist expects to achieve ROI in just nine months. “We wanted to be unique and offer something special to our customers. Being the first company in Sweden to install this technology allows us to do that,” states Mats Esbjornsson, vice president of its parent SEK6m.
Okab Intergraphic’s product portfolio is divided into 60 percent flexo and 40 percent litho and Esbjornsson chose the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates to help it maintain its market leading edge. “Providing our customers with a more competitive solution sets us apart from what is already available. We are still working toward full production, but we already expect the system will have paid for itself by the end of the year.”
As well as improving its relationship with customers today, Okab Intergraphic’s investment was also critical to ensure the company’s long-term survival. “We work with many top brands, and to continue to provide them with the best service, we needed to invest in state-of-the-art solutions. We can now deliver something almost no one else can.”
The KODAK FLEXCEL NXSystem uses a unique combination of exceptional imaging technology and materials science to produce plates that deliver outstanding on-press performance, achieving gravure-class print quality on a wide variety of substrates. It enables customers to grow their businesses through differentiated print quality, helps reduce costs through production efficiencies, and supports sustainability goals through reduced waste. It delivers imaging stability and predictability, true 1:1:1 image reproduction, stable flat top dot structure providing consistent quality and repeatability on press, smaller minimum dots, excellent ink transfer andimpression latitude with full tonal range, reduced makeready times, and increased run lengths. It also eliminates the bump curve.
Quality is not the only gain the transition has achieved: “We are 25 percent more productive,” says Esbjornsson. “Other systems require full separation on a job to get dot and full-tone plates. With the FLEXCEL NX System, these are combined so instead of five color separation there is only the need for four. That can save us as much as 15 minutes per job, or €90 to €100.”