MPH introduces services for imaging SPGPrints’ tactile RotaMesh screens to UK label printers

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MPH Limited, the Harwich based pre-press provider, has reached an agreement to provide imaging services for UK based users of SPGPrints’ RotaMesh tactile rotary screens, for adding heavy varnish features up to 250 µm thickness to labels and packaging. The agreement means MPH can provide label converters across the country with a fast, local source for imaging the complete range of nickel RotaMesh screens, from 75 to 405 mesh, for applying value added decorative and functional features, in line.

MPH Limited offers pre-press services including plate making, reprographics, packaging mock ups in addition to rotary screen imaging, to the flexographic, label and narrow web, and medium web markets.

Craig Alderson, business development manager, MPH Limited, commented: ‘MPH is known for often being the first to install the very latest pre-press technology. This agreement adds a unique and exclusive service to our repertoire, complementing the recent investments made in flat-top dot flexo plate technology.’

Craig Alderson, business development manager (left), and Lee Hazelton, pre-press technician (right), at MPH with SPGPrints RotaMesh screen.

SPGPrints’ tactile screen, RotaMesh 75, is used for braille dots and raised warning triangles increasingly demanded to meet health and safety legislation, as well as coarse varnishes. Other screens are used for effects such as the no-label look, rich opaque colours, glitter and metallic inks, including conductive inks for security applications.

Previously, printers in the UK without in-house imaging facilities have relied on SPGPrints’ facility in Boxmeer, The Netherlands, to source screens for the thickest tactile applications.

‘There has been growing demand for features such as the warning triangle on labels for chemical products and electronic cigarettes, while braille has become established for pharmaceutical goods,’ Craig said. ‘The installation of specialist imaging equipment for tactile screens at MPH means all UK users of RotaMesh screens can enjoy the substantial long term cost savings of reusability as well as faster lead times that are as low as 24 hours.

‘Our new imaging workflow ensures uniformity of lacquer coating as well as efficient developing and stripping, so optimum image definition and consistent screen quality can be assured for thick coverage tactile applications.’

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