Miraclon, home of Kodak Flexcel Solutions, recently announced spot color support for PureFlexo printing. Delivered as a new feature set for the Kodak Flexcel NX Print Suite for flexible packaging, this announcement enables flexible packaging printers to extend the economic benefits of PureFlexo printing to volume anilox applications higher. Introduced in 2021 for process printing, PureFlexo Printing controls the spread of unwanted ink. It allows greater latitude on the press to meet today’s high-quality expectations of brand customers while maximizing throughput and plant efficiency. It reduces unscheduled press downtime and ultimately improves business bottom lines. It is in line with Miraclon’s commitment to providing a steady stream of innovation to its customers.
“PureFlexo printing is enabled by unique multifunctional plate surface patterns designed to precisely control ink flow during printing. The rigorously tested and patented set of technologies now includes surface patterns with edge effects specifically designed to handle the ink flow characteristics of spot color inks,” says Dr. advanced printing at Miraclon. “When higher anilox volumes are used for larger pigment-based traditional spot colors, it generally results in harder bands, higher print and other common printing practices for s adapt to higher anilox volumes. These practices often produce undesirable print effects such as halo, dirty print and TEV (trailing edge void). At the same time, higher ink volumes also have greater drying requirements, causing the flexographic printing process to be slower to increase drying capacity. PureFlexo Printing addresses all of these typical issues to ensure better uptime and consistency on press.
“Spot color support for PureFlexo printing is an important addition to any shop or converter’s toolset to maximize productivity in the print room,” adds Grant Blewett, Commercial Director at Miraclon. “As companies continually seek to improve their efficiency to increase their bottom line while minimizing their environmental impact, many customers are already enjoying the benefits offered by PureFlexo Printing. The savings add up quickly when reducing just one unscheduled press stop per day on a press can generate up to 60,000 Euros or $65,000 in savings per year. Adding its use for spot colors will now further support their business growth. »
Spot color support for PureFlexo printing is included with a Kodak Flexcel NX Print Suite subscription for flexible packaging. A fully integrated platform designed to deliver tailored solutions for specific applications, creating greater efficiency in high quality flexo printing, along with expert support and tools to maximize supplier benefits prepress and printers.