UK-based pre-press packaging services and products provider Reproflex3 has installed a dual-head ThermoFlexX 80-D digital flexo plate imager at its site in Newcastle.

The new imager, provided by Flint Group subsidiary ThermoFlexX, will expand Reproflex3’s production capabilities at the Newcastle site.

Capable of imaging at a speed of 12m² per hour, the new equipment provides resolutions of up to 5,080dpi and can use flexo plates from any manufacturer.

The imager operates using ThermoFlexX software MultiPlate and has been interfaced with Reproflex3’s existing Kodak workflow.

"The ThermoFlexX 80-D is packed with features that enhance productivity and quality while making it easy to operate."

The files, received by Reproflex3 from printers across the UK, are sent as 1-bit TIFF files to the imager after processing.

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Reproflex3 joint managing director Andrew Hewitson said: “The ThermoFlexX 80-D is packed with features that enhance productivity and quality while making it easy to operate.

"For example, the ability to mix resolutions on one plate or to use partial plates and to handle a wide range of hybrid and surface screening technologies makes the imager extremely flexible and cost effective.

"The ThermoFlexX vacuum slider system is a clever device, which has reduced running costs by allowing partial plates and smaller jobs to be quickly mounted and imaged.”

Apart from expanding its capabilities in Newcastle, the company has opened new pre-press and platemaking facilities in Bristol, UK and Dubai, UAE.


Image: Reproflex3 joint managing directors Andrew Hewitson (right). Photo: courtesy of Reproflex3.