"When you consider a job with a lot of objects, logos, and gradient elements, it's amazing how flexible the system is. We can select each of those components individually and assign different Microcell screens," explains Trombeta. "We are not limited with only one screen setting throughout the entire plate, where the press operator has to decide to apply high ink coverage on everything, or nothing. We can just select what is best for each area of the job. Using this feature, gradients get specific screening fitted to its application, while logos and solids get specific screening that fits to high ink coverage."
Clicherlux earns HD Flexo certification
Clicherlux's exceptional work on Full HD Flexo has earned it Esko HD Flexo certification. The Esko HD Flexo Certification program is a rigorous certification process requiring vendors to pass a number of strenuous tests. These include consistently producing ten different print samples from five different jobs. An annual renewal of certification ensures print quality is maintained in line with market developments.
Even with letterpress applications, the inline UV in the CDI Spark 4260 imager has been helpful. "The high-intensity UV LED light source has influenced the way we expose our plates. Our highlight dots are built much better. We are able to provide our customers plates that we could not have delivered using regular lamp exposures."
"I can say we have reached the quality of offset printing, with no gain, or bump-up curves. Full HD Flexo is really producing the full tonal range from highlights to shadows. An Esko CDI digital flexo imager along with HD Flexo and Inline UV is the best combination in the market," comments Trombeta. "We're getting the flat top dots we wanted in the shadows, along with great screens in the highlights."
While the new platemaking system is only a few months old, Clicherlux is already finding business advantages to the system. Esko's software combined with imaging technology has opened many doors. "We are already taking work away from our competitors. The market is wide open and there are many opportunities. Full HD Flexo improves solid ink lay down, delivers smooth highlights and offers exceptional contrasts in the shadows. It finally fulfills the needs flexo has not been able to deliver, before," concludes Trombeta.