News . Print Solutions

04 Jul 2017

With a focus on improving quality, while reducing costs, Flint Group Flexographic Products has launched the nyloflex Xpress Thermal Processing System for flexographic printing plates.

By combining the best in equipment design, plate development and engineered fabric, Flint Group is offering an all-new nyloflex Xpress Thermal processing system that leads to reduced costs, superior quality and improved sustainability.

‘The distinctive characteristics of the processor provide unprecedented control and allow for more consistent and stable plate production,’ comments Friedrich von Rechteren, vice president sales EMEA & global marketing of Flint Group Flexographic Products. ‘We believe our new, integrated solution is in a class of its own and we have achieved this result by looking at the thermal process holistically.’

Supplied in South Africa by Kemtek Imaging Systems, the intelligent nyloflex Xpress Thermal Processor has minimal components, providing minimum maintenance and downtime, plus lower operating costs associated with similar systems in its class. The processor’s zoned heating system is built around a highly efficient IR assembly, which provides precise monitoring of the heat distribution across the drum width and into the plate. The perfectly controlled heat imparts precise dimensional stability to the plate backing, affording increased stability and consistency to plate processing. The accurate regulation of the heat eliminates the need for a chiller. Additionally, the nyloflex Xpress Thermal Processor is packed with clever, user-friendly features for an enhanced user experience.

Flexibility and easy handling

At the heart of the processing system lies the nyloflex Thermal Printing Plates, specifically formulated to perform exceptionally well. The first of these plates – nyloflex XPH and nyloflex XPM – offer exceptional detail. Specially developed to print on paper at high line screens of 200+ lpi, nyloflex Thermal Plates are capable of printing the finest highlight dots up to 50% smaller in size than the minimum printed dot of the market leading thermal plate.

The soon-to-be-released nyloflex XFH Digital flat top plate will be the perfect choice for printing brilliant solids on film substrates, and are suitable for use with virtually any ink system – solvent based, water based, or UV.

Further benefits can be realised in the engineered fabric of the nyloflex Developer Rolls, designed to be highly efficient and environmentally friendly. A unique fibre shape provides optimal surface area to retain molten polymer, resulting in a material that is 30% less dense, requires 33% less material to manufacture and produces 33% less waste after use in plate processing than standard developer rolls.

nyloflex Developer Rolls are offered in three widths to maximise the efficiency of use with various plate sizes. The special fabric design and variable width options result in a material that’s noticeably lighter and easier for operators to handle.

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