VIV aims for short run flexible packaging with ‘Smart Digital Flexo’

By Jeanine Graat | Jan 8, 2018 3:00:00 AM

Apex and VIV take flexo to the next level: Going digital on a flexo press may sound like a contradiction to many people. Weinand Van Kesteren however has been perfecting his ‘Smart Digital Flexo’ concept for over a year now. And he is convinced it will enable his company VIV to become a leader in producing high quality flexible packaging in short and very short runs: “We like to do things just a little different here.”

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Printing Fixed Palette Through Consistent Ink Transfer

By Bas van der Poel | Jun 19, 2017 12:15:29 PM

Flexo printers are facing many challenges every day, with flexo itself often being one of the biggest of them all. To further improve print quality and at the same time increase productivity, printers would require a level of process control that seems hard to achieve, given the amount of variables that surround conventional flexo. Apex now has a solution available close at hand, providing the consistency and repeatability that is needed for fixed palette printing.

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The Rise of Pantone Simulation in Flexographic Printing

By Nick Harvey | Mar 6, 2017 12:35:44 PM

Recent studies and trials aimed at optimizing Pantone simulation suggest that the fixed palette approach is ready to revolutionize the flexography and label industries. The change is due specifically to advancements allowing for unprecedented process control and consistency as well as the development of new tools designed to pinpoint which process parameters are failing so they may be addressed before problems arise.

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Cut Print Production Cost and Improve Print Quality and Consistency

By Apex International | Mar 6, 2017 12:32:41 PM

From the time Printing has been accepted as a means of communication, the effort has been to transfer ink from the tray to the substrate. There have been consistent developments and the target has been to improve the quality of fixed palette or expanded gamut print, for short or long run. Different printing processes also developed to suit the printing of various substrates. All the printing processes have some common factors. These are:

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Enhancing the Colour Gamut in Fixed Palette Printing

By Nick Harvey | Mar 6, 2017 12:32:14 PM

Multicolour or fixed palette printing is generally associated with printing with 4 process colour inks namely CMYK. Sometimes it also uses additional Pantone shades, to produce a colour shade that is not reproducible using the CMYK process colours. This system has been in use for many years and is still in vogue. In many cases, higher density inks have been used to improve the printing of process colours by using higher density inks to produce the richer/darker colours. Though this helps to improve the richness of the colours, it makes the highlights darker in print which can at sometimes be drawback.

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