DuPont Packaging Graphics has installed a third DuPont Cyrel DigiFlow flexographic printing system at the ALC Group, a flexible packaging solutions provider in the US.
The flat top dot, UV main exposure flexo system has been designed to address the demand for better ink transfer and increased colour saturation.
ALC Group vice president Byron Pendleton said its customers demand printing technologies that enable consumer packaged goods to have 'extra pop' on the shelf.
"We also needed a solution for some fluting challenges on our high-end corrugated jobs, so we tested competitive solutions and found Cyrel® DigiFlow and Cyrel® DigiCorr a strong flat top dot system for both issues," Pendleton said.
The workflow enhancement Cyrel DigiFlow expands the capabilities of digital Cyrel solvent plates in order to offer better print quality and productivity.
The DigiFlow modification optimises the benefits associated with solid screening programmes such as HD Flexo Microcell, and can be used as a simple modification to existing DuPont Cyrel exposure units when a flat top dot is required.
ALC Group facilities manager Mike Taylor said, "We are still in the early stages of testing, but the Cyrel® Digiflow, Performance Plate and Microcell combination are demonstrating enhanced print quality, decreased set-up times, cleaner plates and a better process build to spot color match."
According to DuPont, without the need for additional plate making steps, the system delivers improved solid ink density and 1:1 image reproduction.
The Cyrel DigiFlow is claimed to have better speed and smaller potential environmental footprint compared to existing flat top dot systems.
ALC Group is also experimenting with combining Cyrel DigiFlow and Microcell screening with the DuPont engineered surface Cyrel DSP and DFP Performance Plates.
Image: ALC Group facilities manager Mike Taylor inspects the new DuPont Cyrel DigiFlow flexographic printing system; Photo: Courtesy of DuPont