Dutch giftwrap and party accessories manufacturer Hoomark aims to reduce its set-up time and ensure flexo colour quality consistency by investing in a table-top wet proofing system from Print Proof Solutions. The Perfect Proofer enables lab technicians to pre-flight ink formulations under actual conditions of the flexo press without the need for fingerprinting.
Hoomark produces a wide range of customised merchandise including wrap, cards, bags, labels and packaging for global companies such as Disney, Warner Bros, Barbapapa and Sanrio (Hello Kitty). Its designs feature on various paper and film materials such as holograms and metallic substrates, using water-based inks. Printing on to a variety of complex substrates leads to lengthy set-up times and material waste because each substrate type requires its unique ink formulation.
The Perfect Proofer’s “exact simulation of press conditions” is said to ensure colour quality in any situation. The unit features a miniature printing head, a 1 or 2 inch anilox roll, and impression roller, which is gear-driven to handle any paper or film substrate, including unsupported types.
Impression pressure and nip distances are adjustable by increments of microns, making the proofer capable of offering full predictability of the target result, to within a fraction of ?E, at the desired dot gain, and saving up to 15min makeready time per job, it is claimed.
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