- September 11, 2013
GENT, BELGIUM | Esko announces Full HD Flexo for flexible packaging. First introduced at drupa 2012, more details were distributed at PRINT 13 in Chicago. The technology has been at more than twenty flexo trade shops and converters worldwide.
”[Our] flexo customers are asking for the combination of the benefits of HD Flexo together with a gravure-like ink laydown and a fully digitally controlled platemaking workflow,” says Jürgen Andresen, Esko VP, Flexo Business. “This is what Full HD Flexo brings, and it moves flexo to an unseen level of quality and consistency with no need for compromises. [The] technology stretches the possibilities of flexo printing, allowing it to perfectly match gravure and offset quality for flexible packaging. Since the introduction of HD Flexo, the high quality results achieved have created a growing demand for more packaging and labels to be printed in flexo. Also the proven sustainability and cost benefits contributed to the raising success of flexo printing. Now, Full HD Flexo will help to further accelerate this demand.”
HD Flexo is said to offer fine highlights, transitions to zero, sharp text, and brilliant image details. Company says the dot shape delivers a superior flexo plate suitable for the highlight, shadow, and solid areas of a print job.
“We went beyond the binary discussion of flat top or round top dots and created the best possible combination of print dot structures on one plate,” says Jan Buchweitz, senior product manager Digital Flexo at Esko. “This enables the differentiation of the ink laydown on the substrate for different parts of the artwork on one single plate. This is a giant step forward for flexible packaging converters as the result is high quality flexible packaging that stands out. In addition, users report better performance of the flexo plate on the press for print consistency and printing speeds."
To support this new technology, Esko will initiate a Full HD Flexo certification program for customers, vendors, and partners—similar to the one in place for HD Flexo.