Kodak was at the ‘Experience the Future of Flexo’ Open House event held by Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) on March 27 and 28, 2019 in Lengerich, Germany. At this event, Kodak showcased its new, Flexcel NX Ultra Solution for the first time outside the United States.
The W&H Printing Technology Centre is now home to a dedicated Flexo Plate Centre, a partnership between Kodak and W&H, where the Flexcel NX Ultra Solution will be available to both W&H and Kodak for customer demonstrations on an ongoing basis.
The Flexcel NX Ultra Solution offers a new dimension with respect to productivity and performance in flexo plate production for packaging printing. It is an aqueous solution that provides consistent, high performing flexo plates for high volume, low maintenance requirements. Kodak's flexo solution provided high quality plates for all demonstrations given on W&H's new flexo presses at the open house.
With its fast and eco friendly flexo plate production, the Flexcel NX Ultra Solution helps to improve the position of the flexo process vis-à-vis other technology options in the packaging printing segment. The solution's ability to produce press ready plates in less than an hour was demonstrated on both days of the event.
‘At Kodak we are constantly challenging ourselves to ask ‘what’s next?’, and the new Flexcel NX Ultra Solution is a prime example of forward thinking that has been many years in development,’ said Chris Payne, president Flexographic Packaging Division, Kodak. ‘It enables printers to take advantage of our well established industry leading plate technology without the hassle of solvent processing, in a stable, simple to control and highly automated process.
‘A focus on controlled and efficient manufacturing processes that don’t compromise quality further strengthens the leading position of flexo printing in the packaging printing market.’
Kodak Flexcel NX Ultra Plates utilise a flat top dot structure and are fully compatible with the company’s NX Advantage technology and Advanced Edge Definition for superior ink transfer control. The plates, available in thicknesses of 1.14 mm and 1.70 mm, are targeted at label, paperboard and flexible packaging applications.