XSYS has released a new technical paper focusing on the common quality issues associated with washout solvents in flexo plate making.

The insightful guide which is entitled ‘XSYS washout solvents 101 – How can washout solvents contribute to consistent plate quality?’ examines some of the often-heard myths surrounding the washout process and explains the adverse effects the incorrect use of washout solvents can have on the final print quality.

The guide highlights the importance of maintaining the right balance of components in the special type of solvent, such as XSYS nylosolv A, used in flexo plate making systems.

If this part of the process is neglected, the effectiveness of the washout is compromised and numerous issues with the print quality can occur, including so-called rice-grain effect, register problems, or missing halftone dots. As well as providing solutions to some of these common problems, the new guide also explains the history of nylosolv, which was the first chlorine-free washout solvent on the market, and the science behind each of its components.

Simon Top, product manager nyloflex, said, ‘We are always keen to share the vast pool of knowledge we have amassed here at XSYS to help our customers maximize productivity, guarantee high quality, and reduce plate waste. This new technical guide is another great example of how XSYS not only provides best-in-class solutions, but also delivers more value so our customers can produce brilliant results.’