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DuPont Packaging Graphics Delivers Flat Top Dot Solution to ALC

WILMINGTON, DE – DuPont Packaging Graphics has installed a third DuPont Cyrel DigiFlow flexographic printing system at the ALC Group, a major trade shop in the mid-western United States. The advanced flat top dot, UV main exposure flexo system is designed to meet the demand for better ink transfer and increased color saturation.

“Printing technologies that enable consumer packaged goods to have that ‘extra pop’ on the shelf are in high demand from our customers,” said Byron Pendleton, vice president, ALC Group. “We also needed a solution for some fluting challenges on our high-end corrugated jobs, so we tested competitive solutions and found Cyrel DigiFlow and Cyrel DigiCorr a strong flat top dot system for both issues. It’s why we have implemented this solution in all of our platerooms.”

As a simple modification to existing DuPont Cyrel exposure units, the DigiFlow modification can be used, as needed, when a flat top dot is required. It also optimizes the benefits associated with solid screening programs such as HD Flexo Microcell. DigiFlow delivers improved solid ink density and 1:1 image reproduction, with no additional platemaking steps.

In a comparison of standard and Cyrel DigiFlow dot structures, ALC Group reported a significant performance improvement. The Cyrel DigiFlow dot was more dependable. ALC executives noted the system’s ease of use, greater speed and smaller potential environmental footprint than current flat top dot systems.

As a leader in providing flexible packaging solutions, ALC Group also is experimenting with combining Cyrel DigiFlow and Microcell screening with the new DuPont engineered surface Cyrel DSP and DFP Performance Plates.

“We are still in the early stages of testing, but the Cyrel Digiflow, Performance Plate and Microcell combination are demonstrating enhanced print quality, decreased set-up times, cleaner plates and a better process build to spot color match,” said Mike Taylor, facilities manager, ALC Group.

Taylor also reported that the flat top dot structure, in combination with the engineered surface plate, provides a more consistent and stable plate to print process.

“We have been able to add density in process colors in the plus 20 percent range, without sacrificing highlights. The tests to date look very promising,” said Taylor.

“As the Midwest premier brand steward, the ALC Group is staying in line with its tradition in offering the highest level of client solutions,” added Brenda Frick, vice president of sales, ALC Group.