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Flint Group presented at Labelexpo with an unique product portfolio across the divisions


At the Labelexpo show in Brussels, Flint Group, the solution provider of the printing industry, had built on its show theme of “The one stop you should make” and presented itself for the first time with one joint presence of its unique product portfolio across the divisions. From imagers, printing plates and equipment, sleeves to inks and digital printing solutions, Flint Group covers all steps of the value chain for printing in the label and packaging industry.

Friedrich von Rechteren, Vice President Sales EMEA & Global Marketing of Flint Group Flexographic Products says: “Teaming up with our colleagues and building on our broad technology expertise provides a great opportunity to showcase the full potential of Flint Group and how we can serve our customer needs best. With our latest innovations within Flint Group Flexographic Products we are reaching a next level of products and services which are better, faster and easier to use.”

Flint Group Flexographic Products, showcased its latest innovations and features the nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System and its superior plates portfolio at the show in Brussels. With a smarter design that is easier to use, the nyloflex® Xpress System reduces operating costs thanks to increased productivity, less maintenance and less downtime. The specially developed nyloflex® Thermal Printing Plates, in combination with the unique heating system, ensure highest plate and print quality. In addition to the successfully launched nyloflex® XPH and nyloflex® XPM, thermal flexographic plates for high-quality printing on paper substrates with UV and water-based inks - the nyloflex® XVH and nyloflex® XFH - are announced, completing the Thermal plate portfolio. Both flat top plates are suitable for a variety of substrates and will be commercially available during the first half of 2018.

To expand Flint Group’s offering for the label market, the nyloprint® WF SHARP is also announced. The water washable, film based plate for the high-end label market improves quality with highest line count for reproduction of finest details. And due to the suitability of the plate for all types of processing equipment and the high flexibility of the polyester base, and therefore excellent adaption to different cylinders, it is easier to use. “We leveraged our vast knowledge in the letterpress segment to develop the nyloprint® WF SHARP plate. This plate is specifically designed for letterpress applications in the label market, completing our offering to label producers”, von Rechteren says. The plate is scheduled to be released on the market in Q1/2018.

Flint Group presented at Labelexpo with an unique product portfolio across the divisions

Furthermore, Flint Group presents the patent-pending, state-of-the-art rotec® Eco Bridge for easier and faster use in flexographic printing presses and on plate-mounting equipment. The innovative and more efficient air supply system provides 99% reduction in noise and needs less compressed air. Next to the rotec® Eco Bridge, which is nominated as a FlexoTech International Print & Innovation Awards Finalist, the latest innovation, the rotec® Smart Premium sleeve with easy-mount technology and weight reduction up to 15% has been presented.

Combining industry strengths, the divisions (Flexographic Products, Narrow Web, Digital Solutions (Xeikon and ThermoFlexX) are showcasing solutions that enable label printers and converters to be better positioned to address emerging market realities. Also illustrated with three samples – flexible packaging, PS high quality label and shrink sleeve – which represent Flint Group’s unmatched product portfolio and expertise in the printing value chain that allows for innovative and excellent solutions based on our customers’ and their customers’ needs and ensures maximised productivity.

The nyloflex® Thermal plates were the plates of choice for the project due to their outstanding performance in combination with new technologies. The thermal plates offer extraordinary detail with processing times of 15 minutes or less. The first of these plates - nyloflex® XPH and nyloflex® XPM Digital Printing Plates - offer superior quality. 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% smaller in size than the minimum printed dot of the market leading thermal plate. The nyloflex® XVH and nyloflex® XFH - announced at Labelexpo Europe 2017 - are completing the Thermal plate portfolio. Both flat top plates are suitable for a variety of substrates and will be commercially available during the first half of 2018.

The nyloflex® Thermal printing plates have been imaged with the ThermoFlexX® 80-D, a dual-head digital flexo plate imager, offering unique plate handling, splendid quality and impressive productivity. The ThermoFlexX® 80-D provides the ability to output at resolutions of up to 5,080 dpi, allowing the finest detailed work to be produced. The imager is packed with features that enhance productivity and quality while making it easy to operate. For example, the ability to mix resolutions on one plate or to use partial plates and to handle a wide range of hybrid and surface screening technologies, makes the imager extremely flexible and cost effective. The latter has also been enhanced by the use of Flint Group’s nyloflex® plates, which offer a highly competitive option.

The job was printed on a five colour Nilpeter MO-4 combined with FA-4 modules. The press is designed to support new developments and ink tests aimed for the demanding printers in the Narrow Web market. The press is equipped with five printing stations; platforms that can be changed into various print methods, including flexo, screen and offset. With multiple drying systems, Flint Group is able to handle all ink chemistries including water-based and solvent-based that are hot air or IR drying, as well as UV mercury lamps and the latest UV LED lamps.

Furthermore, the just recently launched rotec® Smart Premium sleeve, optimised with easy-mount technology to increase both the ease and speed of mounting was used. The intermediate layer of the sleeve uses the latest advanced polyurethane materials to allow for a weight reduction of up to 15% and easier sleeve handling. The rotec® Smart Premium sleeve has an additional barrier layer which delivers superior dimensional stability. The outer layer of the sleeve uses the same well-known and high-quality polyurethane that has proven its worth in other rotec® products, which boast excellent scratch and solvent resistance to create a long-lasting, value-added product.

With regards to the shrink sleeve, the final printed product was produced in close collaboration with St-Luc labels & packaging. St-Luc is an innovative company with which Flint Group has been in close co-operation for several years. The company is at the forefront of new innovations in labels, flexible packaging and shrink sleeves. The Shrink Sleeve print is a great example of what collaboration and partnership really can bring to the market.

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