BasysPrint and MacDermid Printing Solutions have co-operated to make spot varnish printing “a cost-effective reality” for packaging and commercial offset printers.
Through the joint development, BasysPrint is now able to offer MacDermid’s Accent high quality coating plate, which applies spot varnish, as opposed to blanket coverage, on the printed matter via a dedicated fifth printing unit. The water washable polymer-based plate, sensitive to 405nm laser light, can be imaged by BasysPrint’s UV CTP solutions.
After exposure, the plate is developed by means of a high pressure wash-out unit followed by a drying and curing step. This is said to produce coating plates with the same accuracy as offset plates “and in perfect registration”. It also enables printers to bring coating plate production in-house, which results in a considerable cost advantage, the companies state.
“Increasingly, end-users are looking to differentiate their products with more creative finishing. Inline spot varnish can offer this creativity without the need for a separate postpress process,” explains Christophe Lievens, BasysPrint director of sales and marketing. “Traditionally print shops had to buy their occasional expensive coating plates at a trade shop because it required flexo equipment to produce such a plate.
“Now they can use a BasysPrint UV-Setter for their conventional printing plates and the same imager to expose coating plates for spot varnish printing. This offers a very attractive Total Cost of Ownership to our customers with on top of that the possibility to make a distinction in their competitive market.”
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