Miraclon has launched UV Choice Printing, enabled by advanced plate surface patterning technology and tailored to increase printing performance for label and other UV flexo printed narrow web applications. 

Available to Kodak Flexcel NX technology users, UV Choice Printing claims to offer both narrow web printers and trade shops the opportunity to: 

  • Increase print performance and stability across a wider range of printing conditions. Supporting a range of substrates including foils, uncoated and coated labels, UV Choice Printing optimises UV ink transfer and is claimed to increase ink density by up to 15%, minimising the need for troubleshooting quality issues on press.
  • Decrease press set-up times by 5-20%. UV Choice Printing aims to simplify and decrease press set-up times by ‘up to 20%’. It enables presses to come up to colour faster, while delivering results in a wider variety of press conditions thanks to the increased latitude offered with lower volume anilox.
  • Reduce plate imaging time by up to 50%. In pre-press, UV Choice Printing maximises efficiency by cutting imaging times thanks to optimising the surface area to be imaged (compared to imaging without advanced plate surface patterning), enabling pre-press operators to cut imaging time in half.

Narrow web printers and trade shops utilising Flexcel NX technology can subscribe to UV Choice Printing through Flexcel NX print suite for narrow web, a fully integrated platform to optimise print performance features for the Flexcel NX system. Subscribers benefit from immediate access to new features and innovations for narrow web applications as they become available, and Miraclon’s field applications team can provide implementation assistance and training, platemaking audits and tools to help maximise the benefits.

‘Flexcel NX technology is specifically designed to address inherent flexo complexities and costs, from pre-press to on-press, to achieve the efficiencies, print performance and productivity users need,’ commented Reid Chesterfield, chief technology and innovation officer, Miraclon. ‘This flexible approach allows our customers to continue using the flexo plate technology they trust and benefit from, without the need for new hardware to take advantage of our newest innovations while offering forward and backward compatibility.’

‘UV Choice Printing is the simple choice to enhance label and other narrow-web application printing. It addresses the key concerns and challenges our customers are telling us they’re facing, allowing them to continue pursuing better productivity and efficiency across a wider range of print conditions and applications to maximise their savings.’