Flexo platemaking


Flexo average run-lengths are getting shorter, and the industry needs ways to produce smaller jobs lengths effectively, with less lead time. This implies improved on-time delivery of the required flexo plates. As flexo has to be at par with gravure, digital and offset printing, the highest quality and consistency requirements need to be fulfilled.

Must see at Labelexpo 2018

  • CDI Crystal 4835
  • Print Control Wizard

Move flexo plate making closer to the press

With Esko’s new Crystal technology digital plate imaging and UV exposure (simultaneously main and back!) are combined in one automated process. This means that there’s less need for the operator to interfere. This also means that it has become easier for converters to start making their own plates closer to the press.

CDI Crystal 5080 XPS

XPS Crystal 4835

Improve productivity with the new XPS Crystal 4835 exposure unit

The XPS Crystal 4835 automates the plate imaging, main and back exposure and by linking it to the processor it becomes possible to really coordinate the plate making process.

Unlike UV frames using lightbulbs fluctuating in output the XPS Crystal uses UV LEDs which don’t need warm-up time and always emit consistent radiation.

30%
Improve productivity by 30%

Intelligent print parameter wizard

The Print Control Wizard software adds a new level of simplification in the platemaking department.

No knowledge of prepress or platemaking required. Everyone can use the wizard to create premium flexo plates.

The tool uses all critical print parameters and variables (imaging resolution, exposure settings, plate, substrate, anilox, press type, inks, …) to automatically generate the perfect screens and curves for each application.

Print Control Wizard

Device Manager for CDI

Get rid of repetitive tasks

Time spent on manual repetitive tasks during plate processing should be avoided. The new automated flexo platemaking module for Automation Engine allows running a fully automated workflow. Prepare .LEN files automatically for plate making.

The Device Manager moves operational control upstream to the prepress department. Flexo platemaking and digital finishing operations are better integrated with the prepress workflow. Operators use Device Manager to monitor job statuses, and to manage and prioritize the queues of all connected devices.

73%
Reduce operator time by 73%