Esko Further Simplifies Flexo Platemaking
Monday, June 11, 2018
Press release from the issuing company
The industry’s only automated flexo prepress and platemaking solution now provides much easier and faster access to plates with the highest quality and consistency
Ghent (Belgium) – Esko (www.esko.com) introduces two new solutions today – the CDI Crystal 4835 and Print Control Wizard – taking its ‘Flexo Simplified’ offer to a completely new level.
Flexo platemaking, in most cases today, is a process with many manual steps that require highly skilled operators to produce the right plate for the right job. These new launches mark the first and only automated flexo platemaking line in the industry, and to streamline the entire process, Esko has made it more automated and much easier to use. This not only improves the productivity of platemaking, it also ensures quality and consistency throughout, and simplifies flexo platemaking considerably.
CDI Crystal 4835 – the easiest to use CTP device
An early user of the CDI Crystal 4835, Lene Hoegh Madsen, Prepress Manager at the packaging group Schur in Germany, confirms: “The CDI Crystal and XPS Crystal are very easy to operate. We can train new operators very fast, and that enables us to make plates at night or early in the morning depending on our needs, and not only when our platemaking expert is in.”
CDI Crystal combined with Crystal XPS: ease of use, automation and plate quality consistency
Using the CDI Crystal in combination with the Crystal XPS frees up operators from mundane and repetitive tasks. It also means that there is only a single system to monitor.
The new Print Control Wizard software adds a new level of simplification in the platemaking department. Esko has worked its decades of expertise into an easy-to-use wizard that takes the complexity out of flexo platemaking. Flexo platemaking is now easier to use and easier to learn for everyone, without the need to hire dedicated flexo platemaking experts.
The application goes beyond excellent screening and outputs the right plate fit for purpose based on a range of print run parameters. The plates produced through Print Control Wizard deliver superior print quality; they use a screen and dot gain curves that take into consideration the press, substrates, inks, anilox and other print run parameters.
“The first customers that worked with Print Control Wizard confirm that it is as simple as entering the production parameters in order to get superb screening fit for the print run”, says Robert Bruce, Flexo Product Manager with Esko, “and the print results prove it: the plates last longer on the press and deliver brilliant, consistent quality.”
A quality growth path
“Esko has always and will continue to protect customers’ long-term investments,” says Pascal Thomas, Director Prepress and Platemaking. “With these three Crystal quality levels, we offer a transparent and modular growth path for our customers, who can decide what level of quality and automation best fits their business.”
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