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Advancing lenticular flexo printing

Omet and DPLenticular have “successfully concluded” joint printing trials with Lenstar lenticular roll material on the Omet X-Flex flexo press. According to Gianluca Vitali, from Omet’s technical department, the results “look very promising and will certainly create new possibilities and markets for many flexo printers”. Samples from the print run were distributed by Omet during Labelexpo Europe 2011.

The lenticular material used for the test was Lenstar 150lpi, 262 micron roll. The test image was supplied by Pixalen Studio, and the latest generation Kodak Flexcel plates were used in combination with Zeller+Gmelin UV inks.

DPLenticular managing director Daniel Pierret comments: “One of the biggest problems we had with roll-fed flexo presses was poor registration. Compared to a sheet-fed press, it’s difficult to take a sample during the run to check the image quality. Only when the material is printed, cut and finished, you can see the final result. So, it was quite understandable that people were not eager to engage in lenticular flexo printing.”

However, the combination of higher resolution flexo imaging devices, combined with servo-driven presses with auto registration systems and stable Pacur Lenstar lenticular roll sheet material, are now said to make good quality ‘direct-to-lens’ lenticular flexo printing a reality.

Bob Marriott from DPLenticular assisted Omet during the test run states: “Matching the best lenticular material with the latest technology and the right equipment is all it takes to make it work, and that’s exactly what we wanted to show people by running these print tests together with Omet.”

He concludes: “We are very happy that Omet was willing to help us with the testing. However, having said that, I’m quite sure we can reproduce similar result with any other state-of-the-art flexo press.”

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