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Kodak Adds New Capability to FLEXCEL NX Digital Flexographic System


Latest addition to FLEXCEL NX System drives a major step forward in ink transfer

Rochester, NY, Committed to ongoing innovation in package printing, Kodak introduces a new addition to the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Digital Flexographic System that enables significantly smoother and more consistent transfer of ink on press. The application of new KODAK DIGICAP NX Screening to the entire image area allows printers to produce KODAK FLEXCEL NX Digital Flexographic Plates that improve print quality throughout the full tonal range and expand the achievable color gamut. Users can now enjoy stronger colors and outstanding visual appearance in solid areas, in addition to the fine highlight detail and print consistency delivered by the award-winning KODAK FLEXCEL NX System.

This new feature, applied in the KODAK TIFF Front End Software, utilizes the unique high resolution capabilities of KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology and the 1:1 reproduction capabilities of the FLEXCEL NX System to create micro-texturization of the printing surface. The resulting improvements in ink transfer deliver enhanced print quality, as well as production efficiencies, allowing flexo platemakers to more easily mix areas of solids and halftones on the same plate. Additionally, the new feature helps to reduce set-up time on press with plates that come to color more quickly.

“Extensive trials in the flexible packaging market have yielded excellent results. Customers have been delighted with the gravure-like appearance of the solid areas and amazed that they can now enjoy higher ink densities while still maintaining the finest highlight detail,” said Emma Schlotthauer, Global Marketing Manager for Flexo Plates, Kodak. “One user commented that, in their opinion, they were witnessing the biggest step forward in wide web flexo in the last 10 years.”

Kodak has been recognized numerous times by the flexographic industry for its technical innovation. The FLEXCEL NX System was named this year as the sole recipient of the 2009 Flexographic Technical Association Technical Innovation Award. It also received the 2008 PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award and the Flexographic Pre-Press Platemakers Association Technology Innovator of the Year Award.

Designed to dramatically enhance the quality and efficiency of flexographic printing for applications such as tags and labels, folding cartons, and flexible packages, the FLEXCEL NX System enables offset class, gravure quality results for packaging printers and their brand owner clients, as well as improved productivity, and unprecedented simplicity and predictability on press.

"The beauty of this new development is that it builds upon the core benefits of the 1:1 image reproduction and flat top dot structure that characterize the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System,” noted Schlotthauer. “Users of the new feature are reporting plate, ink and substrate savings, with printed results that are impressing clients and helping to drive new business.”

KODAK Products are backed by KODAK Service and Support. KODAK Service and Support is made up of more than 3,000 professionals reaching more than 120 countries. It is a leading multi-vendor integrated services provider, delivering consulting, installation, maintenance and support services for the commercial printing, graphic communications, document imaging and data storage industries. KODAK Service and Support professionals are uniquely qualified to provide services that control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.
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