German digital printing company Stichnothe Druckformen has installed a CDI Crystal 5080 XPS combined flexo plate imaging and exposure solution from Esko to expand its manufacturing capacity.
The CDI Crystal 5080 XPS will integrate the plate imaging and exposure into a single process, helping Stichnothe Druckformen to expand its production capacity further.
Stichnothe Druckformen, which manufactures flexo printing forms, installed CDI Crystal 5080 for flexo plate imaging and an XPS Crystal 5080 for simultaneous UV main and rear exposure.
Stichnothe Druckformen managing director Dennis Melching said: “We owe our success in part to our commitment to invest in state-of-the-art technology. This helps us maintain low tolerances across the entire production process.
“With Esko as a market leader in flexo plate exposure and imaging, choosing the CDI Crystal 5080 XPS was easy. A deciding factor was the fact that the Esko solution is an open system, which means that we are able to image a wide range of different plates.”
Esko claims that its CDI Crystal 5080 XPS combined solution needs 50% fewer manual operations compared to other technologies. It can also drastically cut down the time needed to produce a print-ready plate.
One of the factors that can ensure plate stability is fast UV exposure, which can transfer the finer lines and smaller print onto the plate.
By combining the XPS and CDI, the process is automated which can in turn cut down in size from being a five manual operations to just one.
Melching continued saying: “We apply professional colour management, market-leading proofing systems, the latest direct-to-plate applications and special flexo printing software.
“This ensures that when we get to the review stage, just before plate production begins, everything is ready to start producing the perfect printing form.”
With the new integrated solution from Esko, Stichnothe aims to strengthen its position in high quality flexo printing segment, especially in flexible packaging.
Apart from the CDI Spark imagesetters and the corresponding workflow software, Stichnothe also uses Kongsberg cutting systems, one of which is fully automatic and the other is a milling unit.
Image: Esko’s CDI Crystal 5080 XPS. Photo: Courtesy of Esko-Graphics bvba.