Kodak has announced another revolutionary innovation with the release of its KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution. This new solution is the result of Kodak's continued R&D investment in flexo, which has repeatedly produced progressive advancements in recent years.

The FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution enables the outstanding and proven print performance for which FLEXCEL NX Plates have become well known, with solvent-free, VOC-free, water-based processing that can deliver a press-ready plate in less than an hour and sustain clean, consistent plates in a high-volume production environment.

Enabled by new, innovative and patent-pending KODAK Ultra Clean technology, the FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution is the first aqueous solution that provides consistent, high-performing flexo plates in a high volume, low maintenance environment.

“Kodak has established a track record of technical innovation in the flexo space that drives growth and business success for our customers. We’re focused on solving complex technical challenges. KODAK Ultra Clean technology has solved the fundamental challenge of inconsistency traditionally associated with aqueous processed flexo plates and will enable printers to take advantage of our industry-leading plate technology without the hassle of solvent processing,” notes Chris Payne, president, Flexographic Packaging Division and Vice President of Kodak. “The FLEXCEL NX Ultra 35 Solution is the first product to be commercialized from the Ultra NX technology demonstration that we previewed at Drupa two years ago and has undergone extensive customer beta trials in demanding production environments. We’re passionate about bringing robust technologies to market and extremely encouraged by the positive experiences of our early adopters.”

The KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution includes the proven FLEXCEL NX System for world-class imaging, paired with the new FLEXEL NX Ultra Processing System and new FLEXCEL NX Ultra Plate, delivering a complete end-to-end plate making solution from Kodak. The all-in-one processing system combines exposure, washout, drying and finishing in an easy-to-use, robust system with automated cleaning cycles.

FLEXCEL NX Ultra Plates utilize the proven Kodak flat top dot structure and are fully compatible with Kodak’s NX Advantage technology and patented Advanced Edge Definition for an unprecedented level of ink transfer control during printing that delivers superb quality and production efficiency benefits. The plates will be available in thicknesses of 1.14 mm and 1.70 mm and are ideal for label, paperboard and flexible packaging applications.

The first product to be made available will be the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra 35 Solution, which can produce plates up to 35" x 48" (889 x 1219.2 mm) in size. Product is due to ship in the first quarter of 2019, initially for the North American market.