Esko added a new flexographic plate imaging system within its Cyrel Digital Flexo (CDI) Spark line, which the company has given a lot of attention to since drupa 2012.
The new CDI Spark 2420 is described as a compact system for narrow web label and tag converters. “According to FINAT, global label demand across all print technologies is expected to continuously grow in the coming years, while world label demand growth for 2012/13 is approximately six to seven percent,” said Jan Buchweitz, Esko Senior Product Manager, Digital Flexo. “The CDI Spark 2420 fits neatly into our portfolio that includes the CDI Sparks 1712, 2120 and 2530.”
Esko states the CDI Spark 2420 addresses these new production trends in the label and tag market with its ability to image plate sizes up to 609 mm x 508 mm (24 x 20 inches) and also handle a range of plate materials, including: digital flexo plates, chemistry-free film, digital foil-based letterpress plates, digital metal-based letterpress plates and digital silk screens.
Understanding its customers’ need to continually expand capabilities and market reach, Esko provides an imaging resolution upgrade path on The CDI Spark 2420 also provides an upgrade path for customers, who can choose between the standard 2,000 ppi to 2,540 ppi resolution system or upgrade to higher resolution systems with 2,540 ppi to 4,000 ppi or HD Flexo 4000 ppi in combination with high definition screening.
In May 2012, Esko introduced its Full HD Flexo concept for a worldwide commercial launch in 2013. The concept combines CDI plate imagers with Inline UV2 and HD Flexo technologies. Esko projects the concept will push flexo printing to a new quality benchmark comparable with gravure and offset, because it bridges the argument of flat top dots versus round top dots to create the best possible combination of dot structures on the same plate.
In May 2012, Esko introduced the CDI Spark 4835 Auto with digital Inline UV2 for flexo plate-making. The CDI Spark 4835 Auto is equipped with a digital UV back-exposure, integrates digital back exposure, automated loading, imaging, digital main exposure and off-loading to the processing unit.
In October 2012, Esko introduced its new CDI 2530 system designed as a high-quality, affordable option for small label companies in North America. Employing Inline UV1 and magnetic drum technologies, the CDI 2530 images digital flexo plates up to 25 x 30 inches. It comes with an incorporated plate loading table and an EasyClamp II drum for easier and faster plate loading, while integrating with the Kongsberg XN for automatic label cutting.