At the FTA’s Fall Conference in Frisco, Texas, DuPont Cyrel Solutions introduced the Cyrel Lightning plate family, optimised for UV-LED exposure systems.

The benefits of the plates includes a further optimised match between access time and plate performance, while not compromising the print quality.

Previously, exposure settings on LED units often had to be adjusted for either higher quality or shorter access time. Cyrel Lightning plates challenge this as they were formulated with UV-LED exposure characteristics in mind.

‘Cyrel Lightning plates use chemistries with tailored UV profiles to achieve tunability between surface- and through-cures. This innovation enables a balanced cure that can be tailored to the unique dynamics of a scanned LED exposure sequence. At the same time, it provides sufficient through-cure using a finely tuned UV absorption profile,’ said Suniti Moudgil, global technology leader at DuPont.

Cyber Graphics, a tradeshop from Memphis, Tennessee, was involved early during the external evaluation of the new photopolymer. Kevin Bourquin, vice president at Cyber Graphics, said, ‘In flexo, we constantly talk about driving process optimisation. So, having a plate that is tuned for LED exposures, driving throughput, not having the exposure be a bottleneck with LED technology, while still delivering the printing quality that we expect, was a great benefit to our business.’

Cyrel LSH is a hard durometer plate with smooth surface, ideally suited for advanced surface screenings and optimized for a broad range of substrates and clean press runs in flexible packaging, tag & label and paper printing applications.

It is the first of the new range of photopolymers plates and will be available in 045 and 067 gauges; it is solvent processable and comes with certified exposure recipes in the latest software of the Esko XPS Crystal units.