Optimizing Flexographic Print Quality Through Prepress Technology


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October 15
11 a.m. ET
Mark Samworth

Optimizing Flexographic Print Quality Through Prepress Technology

This Membernar is part two of a two-part series. As flexographic print quality continues to evolve, the impact of prepress technology becomes increasingly obvious. Mark will describe flexography’s latest and most advanced screening technologies in detail and focus on how to optimize them under your production conditions. He will begin by reviewing Esko’s Crystal Screening and Print Control Wizard (a 2019 FTA Technical Innovation Award recipient) in detail. He will then look at future developments of these technologies and how they affect flexographic print quality.

Join Mark as he explains:

  • How Crystal Screening uses anilox cells in solids and halftone dots to improve flexographic print quality.
  • The additional parameters available in Crystal Screens—including cell pattern, grooves, highlight dot size and highlight dot frequency.
  • Why optimizing parameters can be difficult for a human but is easy for a software application.
  • How Crystal Screens can enhance ink transfer by imaging smaller “cells” into the larger dots and solids.
  • Print Control Wizard technology—developed for single-color optimization—is now being applied to 4-color and beyond.

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About Our Presenter

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Mark Samworth, Esko

Mark Samworth began his career with DuPont, where he held numerous positions in the areas of flexographic plates and electronic imaging. Mark joined Esko in 1997 and is currently focused on consulting in screening, calibration, G7, color management and expanded gamut. He holds 11 patents in digital imaging, including FlexoCal, Hybrid Screening, Plate Cell Patterning, Concentric Screening, Equinox expanded gamut technology and PressSync. He has authored numerous articles in the industry’s major trade publications and presented many papers at the industry’s major trade forums. In May of 2011, Mark was inducted as the 49th member of the FTA Hall of Fame. Mark received his Bachelor of Science from RIT and his MBA from the University of Delaware. He lives in Wilmington, DE.