Miraclon launches PureFlexo to control ink spread
Published: 25 June 2021 | No comments yet
At its first virtual event, Miraclon has introduce PureFlexo Printing which enables FLEXCEL NX System users to control unwanted ink spread.
Designed specifically for wide web solvent ink on film applications, PureFlexo Printing maximises press efficiency, repeatability and overall performance while enabling printers and pre-press providers to experience cleaner print, stable colour and a better bottom line for their business.
Emma Schlotthauer, chief marketing officer at Miraclon, commented, ‘For brands who rely more than ever on the power of packaging to connect with customers, brand consistency and eye-catching flexible packaging is increasingly important. Printers need solutions that help them meet the ever-expanding demands of graphic reproduction, without needing to operate at less than optimum production speeds or risking press downtime from continual adjustments and unscheduled stoppages. A wide print latitude is the key to profitable production. PureFlexo Printing addresses a core technical issue – unwanted ink spread – which helps to widen print latitude and reset the quality-efficiency balance.’
Printers get the best out of their press machinery when they have the flexibility to run uninterrupted. They need wide latitude (also referred to as the operating window) and a robust process to manage production efficiently as a narrow latitude means small changes can push a print run out of acceptable quality or tolerances. By resisting unwanted ink spread, PureFlexo Printing gives printers the power to keep the press running with a low risk of getting to unacceptable print.
John Anderson, director of Advanced Print Applications at Miraclon, explained how unwanted ink spread affects print latitude, ‘Ink that flows easily is a natural characteristic of printing with solvent flexo inks on film. When that ink flows in unwanted places it can fill in, cause bridging and build-up, creating ‘dirty print’. It’s not always easy to manage and is often made worse by practices designed to address other print issues – such as the use of harder tapes, higher ink volumes and over-impression. PureFlexo Printing addresses the issue head-on by using sophisticated plate surface patterning to resist and control ink spread, and sets a new standard for clean, predictable print.’