We will be showcasing - and demonstrating several times each day - two digital pre-press machines in Düsseldorf: the Helios and the rotaLEX.
The Helios, serves all dry offset as well as all label and narrow web applications. This direct laser engraving system allows flexo-sleeves, flexo-plates, dry offset, letterpress forms and screens to be imaged in a completely digital process.
The Stork Prints' Helios offers superior quality results, principally because much greater shaping control is achieved than possible by conventional exposure. Dot shoulders can be afforded extra support in localized areas, such as in highlights. The dot-shaping tool, Active 3D RIP, automatically programs smooth colour-density gradations, from 90 to 1%, allowing perfect half-tones. Undercuts – where localized dot plateaux are lower than surrounding areas – are possible, providing an ideal way to reduce dot-gain where fine print is needed.
The Helios is especially suited for the can printing industry, boosting plate making business to an exceptional high quality level. It allows printers to create stunning print results in metal decorating. High definition realistic images and ultra-fine lines and details give brand owners the freedom they want. The combination of solids and halftones in one single plate, saves
plate consumption, thus time and money.
Plenty of metal decorating samples will be on display. Demos for various Helios' pre-press applications will be given several times per day.
The rotaLEX, a compact and inexpensive desk-top unit which uses laser exposure to image RotaPlate screens held in position on a magnetic drum. The major benefits for the user are eliminating the many inherent drawbacks of using films and this leads to an increased quality in halftones and small writing. It is compatible with all available RotaPlate® screen specifications, from fine text to tactile applications. The rotaLEX saves time; rastering on the fly is possible, and design changes can be turned around faster. Meanwhile an integrated UV multi-beam optic system ensures increased speed and sharpness while maintaining total stability and perfect registration. It is also characterised by ease-of-use. Integrating it into an existing workflow is very straightforward, and the operating system is based on the universal familiarity of Windows.