PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Flint expands nyloflex line for flexible packaging and label markets

The new smooth surfaced, hard round top dot plate codenamed XAH expands Flint Group’s line developed for flexible packaging and label markets offering reduced operating costs and productivity increase.

The new flexographic plate is formulated with an AIF technology that keeps plates cleaner on press and results in faster print runs with fewer press stops. It offers all benefits of the nyloflex Xpress Thermal System such as lower operating costs, higher sustainability and producing plates in under one hour from imaging to finishing.

‘Even though the market as a whole is rapidly moving toward inherently flat top dot plates, many of our customers are still using a substantial amount of standard digital plates with round top dots. There are also companies that have invested in flat top systems and prefer to use those systems along with surface screening to create a customized plate surface for their specific applications,’ said P.J. Fronczkiewicz, product manager at Flint Group Flexographic.

‘We also incorporate our AIF technology into this plate to address the issue of plates filling in with ink during printing.  This frustrating problem – which can lead to dirty print – can occur in flexible packaging printing with solvent based inks as well as with some UV inks used in the tag and label market. The advantage of AIF technology is that it provides outstanding sub-surface ink repellence to keep the plate screens and reverses clean during print runs, so printers have fewer press stops and can achieve faster press speeds,’ he added.

The nyloflex XAH Digital is a high durometer flexo plate that reproduces sharp details and is perfect for applications with solvent-based inks and UV inks used in the flexible packaging and tag and label markets. The new plate coupled with the Xpress Thermal Processing System is said to provide a more sustainable solution for flexo plate makers and supports the printing industry in meeting its sustainability goals.