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Menasha expands preprint capabilities

In the USA, Menasha Packaging has made a series of improvements to its PrePrint facility in Neenah, Wisconsin, designed to streamline the platemaking process. They include a newly constructed 2,800ft² facility, new equipment and software.

The improvements give Menasha’s Folding Carton Group the ability to break down files, separate, proof and assemble plate-ready files, which are sent to the PrePrint Group where printing plates are produced in-house. Previously, the company purchased all components, plates and separations from suppliers.

The new equipment includes an EskoArtwork 5080 Spark with HD flexo (CDI) digital imager, a DuPont Cyrel 3000 ETL-I lift-top exposure unit and a Cyrel 3000i Inliner plate processor. To minimize error, the new equipment will wash, dry, post-expose and light finish in one pass. A Plate-Vac 300 solvent recovery unit from PRI was also added to recycle the solvent critical to this process.

Bill Gaffney, Menasha’s administrative sales manager, comments: “The speed will be really beneficial. In the past, if a plate needed changes or updates, it could take 24 to 48 hours to get a new one. Now, the timeline will be hours rather than days.”

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