Flint Group introduces new thermal plate processing technology

With a focus on innovation, Flint Group flexographic products will debut the new nyloflex Xpress thermal processing system for flexographic printing plates in Europe, Middle East and Africa at the Xeikon Café in Lier, Belgium. The nyloflex Xpress thermal processing system is presently available in North America, and will be offered globally in the second half of 2017.

  • Intelligent configuration of the nyloflex Xpress thermal processor allows for fewer components which leads to less maintenance, less downtime and lower operating costs
  • Specially developed nyloflex thermal printing plates in combination with the unique heating system ensures high plate and print quality
  • Engineered fabric of the nyloflex developer rolls is designed to be highly efficient and environmentally friendly

The nyloflex Xpress thermal processor incorporates the speed of thermal plate making with incredible plate and print quality and offers a smart design with an enhanced user interface. The distinctive characteristics of the processor provide unprecedented control and allow for more consistent and stable plate production encompassing “Thermal like you’ve never seen before.” Friedrich von Rechteren, VP sales & global marketing of Flint Group flexographic products, says “We believe our new, integrated solution, is in a class of its own. We achieved this result by looking at the thermal process holistically. By combining the best in equipment design, plate development and engineered fabric, Flint Group is offering a system which leads to reduced costs, improved quality and improved sustainability.”

At the heart of the processing system lies the nyloflex thermal printing plates specifically formulated to perform exceptionally well in the nyloflex Xpress Thermal Processor. The first of these plates – nyloflex XPH and nyloflex XPM digital printing plates – offer extraordinary detail. Specially developed to print on paper at high line screens of 200+ lpi, nyloflex thermal plates are capable of printing the finest highlight dots up to 50 per cent smaller in size than the minimum printed dot of the market leading thermal plate. The nyloflex XFH digital flat top plate, soon-to-be-released, will be the perfect choice for printing brilliant solids on film substrates. The thermal plates are suitable for use with virtually any ink system – solvent based, water based, or UV.

Further benefits can be realised in the engineered fabric of the nyloflex developer rolls, designed to be highly efficient and environmentally friendly. A unique fibre shape provides optimal surface area to retain molten polymer, resulting in a material that is 30 per cent less dense, requires 33 per cent less material to manufacture and produces 33 per cent less waste after use in plate processing than standard developer rolls. nyloflex Developer Rolls are offered in three widths to maximise the efficiency of use with various plate sizes. The special fabric design and variable width options result in a material that is noticeably lighter and easier for operators to handle.