Printing Solutions said it plans to test its latest generation of flexo plates
at several undisclosed U.S. newspaper sites as well as assess performance of its
new computer-to-plate technology.
vendor’s NAPPflex III plates sport higher resolution and improved print
performance plus greater imaging and processing efficiencies, the company said,
adding that MacDermid engineers are developing a high-density foam cushion to
complement the new plates.
MacDermid, which first announced plans to develop flexo CTP systems in
September, said it installed its first NAPPflex CTP unit with manual loading at
a newspaper site in Italy as part of an evaluation project to determine the
viability of the technology.
system will be replaced with an automatic loading device this quarter, the firm
said. MacDermid said the automatic flexo CTP system would have the capacity to
image from 120 to 150 plates per hour. The manual system can process 80 plates
per hour, the company said.
MacDermid said it’s working with Tech-Energy Co. to re-engineer the press
supplier’s single-wide flexographic press to fix tension control issues that
cropped up during a year-long test of the machine at The Recorder in Greenfield,
in 2003 introduced the press, which is being marketed by MacDermid. The
two-around shafltess press is aimed at smaller and mid-sized papers that want
alternatives to offset printing.
Recorder placed the four-high flexo tower in the middle of its existing Goss
Urbanite press. But the Urbanite’s analog drive and the flexo press’ digital
drive yielded tension issues, MacDermid said. Technicians were unable to
determine if the issues occurred because of the design of the tower or as the
result of operating the flexo machine in-line with the Goss press, MacDermid
last year, crews from Tech-Energy removed the tower in order to evaluate the
control problems, the firm said.
plan to monitor the Tech-Energy tests to see if they can demonstrate the print
performance required in the time frame necessary for our press decision in
Greenfield,” said Tom Brown, president of Newspapers of New England, which
owns The Recorder. “We are totally committed to flexography as the best way to
print a newspaper.”