Flexographic technology news
Announced in July / August 2016 Flexotech magazine, the deal provides an opportunity for MPH partner’s to become early adopters to the latest flexo plate technology, superior than anything else currently on the market.
From Flexotech – Flenex FW is a water washable [flat top dot] flexo plate with a total platemaking time of fewer than 40 minutes. The plates deliver longer runs while producing a consistent 200 lpi at 4400 dpi and a 1% process dot structure.
The FW photopolymer plates contain a special rubber-based compound that offers a number of inherent advantages over other elastomeric materials from which most other flexo plates are made. In particular, rubber is not oxygen sensitive, which minimises the effect oxygen in the air has on the dot shape and the complexity of the system to eliminate oxygen from the plate production process. Advantages include reduced dot gain on the prints as well as better ink transfer for cleaner, brighter print results.
Being water washable obviously brings the benefits of being able to be cleaned with just water and dishwasher tablet, but the plate is also more durable and reduces the effects of plate swelling.
Latest flexo plate technology exclusively available for MPH partners
MPH director Brian Cawdron – ‘Having seen the plate in action, and the multiple benefits it can bring to the business, we’re confident that Flenex FW will be a great fit for our customers, and we’re excited to be able to add it to our portfolio.’
‘With Flenex FW, Fujifilm has some really innovative technology which allows a flat top dot effect to be achieved very simply. This results in noticeably cleaner and brighter print results which our customers will love.’
‘We’re a fast turnaround business, and our customers know and respect us for this, so we’re always interested in products that are going to help us to continue to deliver what our customers need, when they need it. Also important to us was the reduced environmental impact – even when compared with other water washable plates, as Flenex washes clean in simple dishwashing detergent.’
James Whitehead, product manager at Fujifilm UK – ‘The plates contain a special rubber-based compound that offers a number of significant advantages over materials used in rival flexo plates.’
‘Crucially, as this compound is not oxygen sensitive, the effect of oxygen in the air on the dot shape is kept to an absolute minimum, meaning printers can achieve a 1% flat top dot without costly and complex oxygen elimination processes. This results in lower dot gain, while the superior ink transfer produces results of noticeably higher quality.’
‘After a hugely successful drupa 2016 for Flenex FW, we’re delighted that such a respected name in the UK reprographic market has opted to become the UK trailblazer for this proven technology solution. We look forward to a long a successful partnership, from which MPH’s many customers will be the ultimate beneficiaries’.
HOW TO BECOME AN EARLY ADOPTER
MPH Ltd are looking for flexo print partners to join in with the latest flexo plate technology revolution. For more information on Flenex FW, visit Fujifilm here.
Learn about MPH Limited Prepress services here.
Fujifilm Flenex FW is the next generation flat-top dot technology. Sign up and receive your trial plates.