Water-washable flexo plates


Fujifilm has recently launched an advanced new water-washable flexo plates, Flenex FW. Label converters can benefit from this high quality and low cost-in-use flexo plates.

Flenex FW is a photopolymer plate containing a special rubber-based compound that is not oxygen sensitive, minimising the effect oxygen has on the dot shape. As a result, Flenex guarantees reduced dot gain and better ink transfer for cleaner and brighter print results. The plate delivers longer runs for label converters, while producing a consistent 200 lpi at 4,400 dpi. Flenex FW reduces platemaking processing times to less than 40 minutes, three times faster than leading solvent systems and 1.5 times faster than current thermal and water-wash technologies. This enables label businesses to increase the number of plates they can produce in a given time, and also achieve a faster turnaround. Flenex FW eliminates the expense of higher-cost solvent and thermal processors, as well as potential upcharges on associated consumables, and why it represents the lowest cost-in-use flexo plate production system.

Compatible with the leading flexo platesetters and water-wash processors, the Flenex FW plate will be part of an integrated production environment, which will also include a dedicated label workflow solution.

The plate has been very well received in the US and Europe since its introduction, and is now being offered in India as well.

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