There has been a a step-change in the Dion Label printing process since it installed the Kodak FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution from Miraclon.

The Westfield, Massachusetts-based labels and flexible packaging printer is now able to produce products with much greater consistency while delivering higher print quality.

Brent Berthiaume, Dion Label pre-press manager, said, ‘Brands, especially pharmaceuticals, are introducing more complex designs that demand tighter registration and colour tolerances. We were struggling to achieve these consistently and needed to upgrade our equipment. The quality achieved with the Kodak FLEXCEL NX plate solution had been on our radar for some time, but we wanted a non-solvent solution. As soon as the aqueous FLEXCEL NX Ultra solution became available, we quickly made the switch from our thermal system.’

He continued, ‘The difference in press performance since the install of the FLEXCEL NX Ultra solution has been night-and-day. The quality and colour consistency we now achieve allows for much higher throughput while achieving tighter registrations along with significantly less dot gain compared to our previous system. This has all but eliminated the need for spare sets of plates on longer runs.  In addition, we now run our plates consistently at a higher line screen of 175+lpi, providing our customers with the highest quality product. This line screen matches our digital presses, providing a seamless transition between the two environments.’