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Imaging that ‘rivals gravure’

According to Reinhard Deim, sales manager of Vienna-based prepress and platemaking specialist Repro Busek, “Brand owners and printers are astonished when I show them the flexographic print quality we’re achieving with Kodak’s Flexcel NX imaging system. The plates give us results that rival gravure in every respect — and in many cases are superior.”

Installed in June 2011, the Flexcel NX system uses Squarespot imaging technology at an effective resolution of 10,000dpi to enable printing dots as small as 10 micron, allowing subtle highlight detail, vignettes that fade to zero and use of all available grey levels. The one-to-one image reproduction and flat-top dots are said to ensure that none of that detail is lost from beginning to end of a print run.

Repro Busek opted for a Flexcel NX mid imager, which images a maximum plate size of 1,143mm x 838mm in about six minutes — far faster than any of its other imaging systems. If a customer specifies larger formats up to 106mm x 1,524mm, the company can call on its colleagues at Reproservice Eurodigital in Munich — another Matthews Group company, who have a Flexcel NX wide imager at their disposal.

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