Market launch of the Flint Group Flexographic Products' latest new technology is planned for November 2011. nyloflex® NExT is a new, high intensity UV exposure technology which enables precise reproduction of the digital layout onto the finished printing plate by exposing the printing plates with UV-A-LEDs. This innovative way of exposing is said to offer great possibilities to establish a new quality standard for flexo platemaking. The high level of UV emission leads to a significant improvement of the reproduction of finest relief elements. Reproduction of high resolution surface screening provides superior print quality with much better ink laydown. Improved mechanical properties and the precisely defined surface of the flat top dots ensure a consistent high print quality and long print runs.
In comparison to typical digital dots, the physical characteristics of flat top dots enable reduced dot gain tolerances, which are usually caused by varying impression settings. Due to the precise reproduction of image data a 1:1 image transfer onto the printing plate can be obtained, which clearly extends the colour gamut and improves the contrast of the printed image.
The nyloflex® NExT technology does not require any additional consumables, which is a huge advantage compared to competitive technologies. It is suitable for all standard digital flexo plates in all plate formats and plate thicknesses and can be easily integrated into an existing digital workflow.To benefit from this new technology, Flint Group Flexographic Products offers two types of nyloflex® NExT Exposure units:
nyloflex® NExT Exposure F III, the mid size exposure unit with format 920 x 1200 mm
(36-in. x 47-in); and nyloflex® NExT Exposure F V, the large size exposure unit with format 1320 x 2032 mm
(52-in. x 80- in.).