Flexicon Flat Top Dot Process Unveiled


HALLE/WESTPHALIA, GERMANY | Flexicon, a prepress provider for consumer goods packaging, has developed the HighQuality hybrid process for foils that produces flexographic printing results said to be as good as gravure.

The NExT process for plate exposure for flat top dots developed by Flint Group and an HD resolution of the motifs offered a solid foundation for further in-house development by Flexicon’s Service & Innovation (S&I) department, and they began to work on the development of other new HD surface grids to improve the printing results of highly complex motifs. The second step was the decision in favor of the hybrid process, explains Bernd Sanning, head of S&I, in describing the effect. “It’s the best of both worlds.”

Before color separation, and depending on the technical circumstances of the printer, the decision is made whether a round or flat dot shape must be used, or both. An advantage of the hybrid process, company says, is its different dot geometries, making rich, full-surface printing just as possible as sharp lights, that is, finely shaded areas of the motif.

Company says hybrid process has additional benefits: It produces less plate vibration, enabling higher printing speeds; even the deepest black can be printed in one printing process; and the significantly higher ink transfer with lower pigment content reduces ink costs.

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