Esko launches new solutions for Flexo Platemaking

June 21, 2018

The CDI Crystal 4835 and Print Control offers provides much easier and faster access to plates with the highest quality and consistency

Esko introduces two new solutions – the CDI Crystal 4835 and Print Control Wizard – taking its ‘Flexo Simplified’ offer to a completely new level.

 

Flexo platemaking, in most cases today, is a process with many manual steps that require highly skilled operators to produce the right plate for the right job. These new launches mark the first and only automated flexo platemaking line in the industry, and to streamline the entire process, Esko has made it more automated and much easier to use. This not only improves the productivity of platemaking, it also ensures quality and consistency throughout, and simplifies flexo platemaking considerably.

 

CDI Crystal 4835 – the easiest to use CTP device
 

Esko follows the successful introduction of its CDI Crystal 5080 flexo imager with the introduction of the CDI Crystal 4835. This new launch supports the 48x35 inch plate size that is popular with flexo converters and provides the same benefits as the CDI Crystal 5080. The Crystal CDI features automatic plate loading and unloading and is very easy to use. Users report significant benefits in both time and quality. Operators need minimal training and spend 50% less time at the device. In addition, plate waste and plate inconsistencies resulting from manual plate handling are completely eliminated.

 

An early user of the CDI Crystal 4835, Lene Hoegh Madsen, prepress manager at the packaging group Schur in Germany, said: “The CDI Crystal and XPS Crystal are very easy to operate. We can train new operators very fast, and that enables us to make plates at night or early in the morning depending on our needs, and not only when our platemaking expert is in.”

 

CDI Crystal combined with Crystal XPS: ease of use, automation and plate quality consistency

 

The innovative XPS Crystal exposure unit has been introduced for both the 5080 and 4835 sizes in the past few years. These systems are unique and have received awards for reducing the manual steps from nine steps to just one, and for delivering plates of higher quality and consistency thanks to their unique and patented digitally controlled simultaneous UV light main and back exposure.

 

Using the CDI Crystal in combination with the Crystal XPS frees up operators from mundane and repetitive tasks. It also means that there is only a single system to monitor.

 

Print Control Wizard software combined with CDI Crystal XPS: flexo expertise out of the box

 

The new Print Control Wizard software adds a new level of simplification in the platemaking department. Esko has worked its decades of expertise into an easy-to-use wizard that takes the complexity out of flexo platemaking. Flexo platemaking is now easier to use and easier to learn for everyone, without the need to hire dedicated flexo platemaking experts.

 

The application goes beyond excellent screening and outputs the right plate fit for purpose based on a range of print run parameters. The plates produced through Print Control Wizard deliver superior print quality; they use a screen and dot gain curves that take into consideration the press, substrates, inks, anilox and other print run parameters.

 

“The first customers that worked with Print Control Wizard confirm that it is as simple as entering the production parameters in order to get superb screening fit for the print rud. And the print results prove it: the plates last longer on the press and deliver brilliant, consistent quality,” said Robert Bruce, flexo product manager with Esko.

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