MacDermid Combines LUX Flat-Top Dots with LAVA Thermal Processing

INDIANAPOLIS, IN | MacDermid Printing Solutions announced at the Flexographic Technical Assn.’s INFO*FLEX held at the Indiana Convention Ctr. on May 1—4, that the LUX platemaking process can now be used with LAVA thermal processing systems. The combination of flattop dots with thermal processing is an industry first and offers a unique opportunity for printers and converters to merge the quality and consistency of LUX with the efficiency and environmental benefits of LAVA.

“The results have been outstanding,” said Timothy Gotsick, MacDermid’s global director of Innovation. “Thermal LUX combines the print advantages of LUX with the speed and environmental characteristics of thermal platemaking with LAVA. These technologies just belong together because they address so many needs for both platemakers and printers – convenience, versatility, lowered environmental impact, and superb print quality. And all ready to work today with current digital platemaking workflows. We are excited to offer this unique combination of technologies to our customers.” he notes.

In conjunction with the introduction of this new capability, MacDermid announced that LUX Laminators are now available in two format sizes: the original 62-in. and a new 38-in. model. The new LUX laminator laminates plates up to 38-in. width and includes several new features that make lamination of the LUX membrane easier and more efficient. This new LUX Laminator, in combination with the LAVA 2530 Plate Processing System, is a combination claimed suited to the narrow web market.

The LUX platemaking process is reported a simple and easy to use technology which produces unique flat-top dots on current digital flexo printing plates. This new dot shape enables printers to substantially improve their TM print quality and consistency, making flexo competitive with gravure and offset printing processes. This simple process is said easy to integrate into existing platemaking workflows, is compatible with all digital plates from MacDermid, does not require modification to current platemaking equipment, and can be used with all digital flexo plate imaging units, including units equipped with the latest “HD Flexo” imaging technology from EskoArtwork. The LUX Process, the company says, has been print-proven on a wide variety of substrates—including  paper, flexible film, foil, paperboard, labelstock, and corrugated. LUX has received both the  FTA Technical Innovation Award and the Flexographic Pre-Press Platemakers Assn. (FPPA) Technology Innovator Award in 2011.


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