Fujifilm debuts Flenex FW water-washable flexo plate

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Fujifilm (stand 9A34) will use Labelexpo Europe 2015 as the European launch platform of its advanced new water-washable flexo plate, Flenex FW. On its stand Fujifilm will demonstrate how label converters can benefit from this high quality and low cost-in-use flexo plate.

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. Flenex FW 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 200lpi at 4,400 dpi, 1% flat top process dot structure for superb quality. Improved durability and reduction in plate swell are further benefits offered by Flenex FW.

The plate reduces platemaking processing times to less than 40 minutes, 3 times faster than leading solvent systems and 1.5 times faster than current thermal and water-wash technologies. The Flenex FW also eliminates the expense of higher-cost solvent and thermal processors, as well as potential upcharges on associated consumables, and represents the lowest cost-in-use flexo plate production system. The plate will be part of an integrated production environment at the show, which will include a dedicated label workflow solution on Fujifilm’s stand.

Label converters will also have the opportunity to explore the company’s comprehensive range of Uvivid narrow web inks and ancillaries, designed to maximise throughput and simplify the production process, as well as guarantee high quality printed applications.

Fujifilm’s hybrid inkjet printer, the Acuity LED 1600, will also be featured on the stand to highlight how users can produce outstanding prototype packaging samples and short-run labels quickly and efficiently, taking advantage of the printer’s spot varnish capability. 

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