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Are Process Free Plates Right for your Business?
If you looked at process free plates before and decided that they didn't meet all your needs, you should take another look. Kodak plate engineers have worked magic with the technology behind process free, and the capabilities of SONORA Process Free Plates are now very close to those of traditional processed plates. The benefits of process free plates are real, and they're significant. Eliminating processing equipment, processing chemistry and processing steps. Water and energy savings. Time savings. Cost savings. Greater stability on plates sent to the pressroom. With SONORA Plates, most printers can get all these benefits without sacrificing the productivity, print quality and efficiencies of their current processed plate. For instance, SONORA Plates deliver: Fast imaging capabilities that maximize throughput on all but the fastest CTP systems (150 mJ/cm2 on KODAK SQUARESPOT Platesetters) Mainstream print quality Strong run length
Kodak’s Street Box at drupa: Dazzling display of packaging customer excellence
In every city quarter there's a local convenience store, and the Kodak Quarter at drupa was no exception. Stocked from floor to ceiling with consumer goods where the packaging was printed using Kodak products, the Street Box delivered a unique and eye-catching venue for Kodak customers from around the world to showcase the ways in which they are using Kodak technologies to grow their businesses and change the package printing industry. Flexo customers, both prepress service providers and printers, featured prominently in the store, displayed examples that ranged all the way from high quality post-print corrugated wine boxes produced in New Zealand to short-run in-mold labels from Lithuania and high volume snack food flexible packaging from Peru. Flexo examples on display included high-quality post-print corrugat
Kodak’s digitally ‘customizable’ flexo plate gets the thumbs-up from drupa visitors
It's a truth that the things that we love the most about flexo printing can also provide significant challenges for flexo prepress and print providers. The wide variety of substrates and ink types that are used in flexo printing make flexography one of the most versatile of all the print processes used in package production, but can also provide a potential headache for the plate maker, driving a need to stock multiple plate types for multiple applications. This plate for high quality UV linework, that plate for absorbent paper substrates, yet another plate for printing white ink on film with high volume anilox rolls, and maybe yet another plate for everything in between. Multiple plate types can increase inventory, decrease productivity and introduce opportunities for error. Recent announcements from multiple flexo plate suppliers that promise entire new ranges of plates with engineered plate surfaces for particular applications have the potential to further exacerbate the problem