The next step in high quality flexo printing.
HD Flexo is a new process for making digital flexographic (flexo) plates. The improved plates are higher quality and print more consistently than standard digital flexo plates. HD Flexo may be implemented without scrapping existing equipment and working methods.
Finally an alternative for gravure and offset
With HD Flexo, the gap between flexo and gravure and offset is closed. Bringing consistency, vibrant colors and increased print quality, HD Flexo raises the industry standard in flexo printing. Flexo printing can now compete with offset for quality labels and with gravure printing for flexible packaging. And Full HD Flexo goes even further in the quality improvements.
Exceptional Flexo Printing Plates
Exceptional flexo results start with exceptional flexo printing plates. With Esko’s HD Flexo, not only are you able to deliver a new level of flexo quality, you can also reduce the make-ready time on the press. What’s more, HD Flexo printing plates deliver greater run lengths. And because they need fewer washing cycles, the press is optimally used.
There is a sustainable benefit as well. Printing flexible packaging on a flexo press instead of gravure reduces energy use and CO2 emissions by as much as 50%. Converters and brand owners can improve sustainability by taking advantage of the higher quality offered by HD Flexo.
HD Flexo by Esko combines 4000 dpi HD optics with unique print screening technologies to achieve sharper and more accurate imaging. The result is excellent print quality and a simplified plate production because the high-resolution optics deliver sharper imaging of text and lines and more clearly defined, better shaped screen dots.
High resolution imaging on the CDI creates a textured surface on the plate, improving ink lay-down and increasing ink density on the final print. The result is improved image richness and contrast. This is especially helpful for PANTONE®colors, and for white underprints.
Better print quality and extended color gamut
HD Flexo delivers exceptional printing throughout the entire tonal range; dazzling highlights, stable midtones, smooth gradients and solids, along with higher solid ink densities.
Greater run lengths
With HD Flexo, make-ready time on the press is reduced and plates deliver greater run lengths. Fewer washing cycles make sure that the press is optimally used.
A sustainable choice
Converters and brand owners want to improve quality while reducing costs both on press and in prepress. Time-to-market is reduced through simplified prepress.
There is a sustainable benefit as well. Printing flexible packaging on a flexo press instead of gravure reduces energy use and CO2 emissions by as much as 50%.
Move jobs from gravure to flexo
Evaluation print runs have proven the excellent color gamut of HD Flexo. It’s no wonder that brand owners start switching gravure work to flexo.
An open industry standard
HD Flexo operates with the user’s existing CDI equipment, plates and working methods, completed with specifically tuned dots and without tying the customer to specific plates or other consumables. There’s no need for complex and expensive process changes.