EskoArtwork has announced the release of its new HD Flexo version 2.0 plates, which it says will add higher solid ink density for greater color gamut throughout the tonal range.
The company says that HD Flexo 2.0 has application for flexible packaging and corrugated converters, and trade shops aiming to increase shelf impact for their brand owner customers. Jürgen Andresen, vice president EskoArtwork Flexo Business, says, “HD Flexo has been a tremendous success, adopted and applauded by leading flexo printers worldwide. Now, EskoArtwork is responding to the further wishes of our customers worldwide to extend HD Flexo capabilities. These new capabilities further enable conversion of gravure and offset work to flexo. The enhanced process color gamut makes it possible to replace spot colors with process colors, thus reducing the number of print stations and making co-printing of designs possible.”
HD Flexo combines 4000 dpi HD optics on the EskoArtwork Cyrel Digital Imager (CDI) with advanced screening technologies. The company says the new version 2.0 with improved screening provides higher solid ink density (SID) for more vibrant colors on packaging, and that users can achieve this result while printing with standard flexo inks and anilox rollers. It continues that HD Flexo now supports high-quality flexo corrugated-post print, making it possible to produce designs in post-print, which previously required a more expensive pre-print process.
It adds that HD Flexo can accurately match brand colours by mixing small amounts of process colours as accurate highlights, allowing a converter to print more Pantone tints within gamut while consuming less ink. The company also claims a reduction in makeready time and greater run lengths, and a reduction in CO2 emissions.