San Diego, California - As the global leader in flat-top dots, MacDermid Printing Solutions demonstrates its commitment to the technology by previewing its new LUX® In-the-Plate (ITP) technology at FTA INFO*FLEX. LUX ITP is a game-changing innovation that will enable printers to reap the benefits of flat-top dots without adding any extra steps to their platemaking workflows. Additionally, MacDermid will debut the new M Jet Film Output system and showcase the new wide format LAVA 5080 thermal plate processing system.
LUX® In-the-Plate: Flat-Top Dots out of the Box
LUX® In-the-Plate (ITP) is a photopolymer plate technology developed by MacDermid Printing Solutions to create flat-topped dots without the need for special exposure equipment, processing, or a controlled atmosphere. The plate is designed to be processed using a standard digital workflow to create the unique LUX flat-topped dot.
LUX® ITP is currently in alpha stage testing, being used by a small group of leading converters. It is being used to produce commercial jobs today, but further testing is planned prior to commercial release. MacDermid plans to commercialize this industry-changing new technology by the end of 2013.
M System: The Liquid Advantage
Building upon the many years of success and the strong reputation of MacDermid's liquid photopolymer plate portfolio, MacDermid launched the new M-System platform in late 2012. MacDermid has unified all the elements of liquid photopolymer platemaking, service, equipment, and research under one umbrella, known as M System . Key to this innovative new business solution is MacDermid's dedicated and experienced team of liquid photopolymer experts.
At INFO*FLEX, MacDermid will be showcasing the M-Jet RE 640, a film output system for the production of flexographic photopolymer plates. The M Jet RE-640 prepress system brings increased productivity options to flexo printers by enabling maximum uptime and fast throughput of screened images up to100 lpi at speeds up to 60 square feet per hour. Plate masks can be output at up to 85 square feet per hour. M Jet film output systems are the economical way for flexo printers to produce phototools for plate production with an attractive ROI.
LAVA 5080 Thermal Plate Processing: Wide Format Thermal Platemaking
This new thermal processor will enable printers and plate reproduction houses to create plates up to 50 x 80 in., allowing wide web printers who had been constrained by the previous maximum plate size of 42 x 60 in. to gain access to the benefits of thermal plate processing.
The new LAVA 5080 enables high-volume platemakers to take advantage of improved productivity and workflow, creating press-ready plates in under an hour. And by eliminating solvents from the process, the carbon footprint of thermal platemaking is significantly reduced, as compared to traditional solvent platemaking.
All these technologies will be featured in MacDermid's booth at INFO*FLEX, Booth #201.