Flexo plate technology has fueled a lot of advancements. The introduction of flat top dots, produced in different ways by a number of plate vendors, has helped improve overall quality significantly. They provide much more saturated solids. Meanwhile, HD technology provides much smoother highlights. This, combined with advancements in press, ink, and anilox technologies, has brought flexo printing to a level that would have been unimaginable 10 years ago.
Plate consistency is one of the keys to achieve and maintain optimal print quality. One of the main factors influencing plate stability is the plate’s UV exposure. Unfortunately, traditional multi-step flexo plate making processes can hinder productivity. They can cause errors and rework while reducing press uptime. In the end, that harms the printer’s productivity and profitability.