Anderson & Vreeland Partner Flint Group Introduces New Thermal Plate Processing Technology

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Anderson & Vreeland, leading manufacturer and distributor of flexographic plate processing equipment and materials announced the introduction of the new nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System for flexographic printing plates from Flint Group Flexographic Products.

nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processor

nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processor

The heat regulation demonstrated by this technology raises the bar on thermal platemaking, and Flint Group is proud to now engage in this area of technology.

Anderson & Vreeland, leading manufacturer and distributor of flexographic plate processing equipment and materials announced the introduction of the new nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System for flexographic printing plates from Flint Group Flexographic Products.

The nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System, distributed exclusively by Anderson & Vreeland, incorporates the speed of thermal plate making with incredible plate and print quality.

It incorporates a smart design with an enhanced user interface. The distinctive characteristics of the processor provide unprecedented control and allow for more consistent and stable plate production encompassing “Thermal like you’ve never seen before.”

At the heart of the processing system lies the nyloflex® Thermal Printing Plates specifically formulated to perform exceptionally well in the nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processor. The first of these plates – nyloflex® XPH and nyloflex® XPM Digital Printing Plates – offer extraordinary detail with highlights that rival the quality of solvent plates. Specially developed to print on paper at high line screens of 200+ lpi, nyloflex® thermal plates are capable of printing the finest highlight dots up to 50% smaller in size than the minimum printed dot of the market leading thermal plate. The nyloflex® XFH flat top plate, soon-to-be-released, will be the perfect choice for printing brilliant solids on film substrates. The thermal plates are suitable for use with virtually any ink system – solvent based, water based, or UV.

Intelligent configuration of the nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processor allows for fewer components, so there is less maintenance, less downtime and lower operating costs associated with its operation. The processor’s zoned heating system is built around a highly efficient IR assembly, which provides precise monitoring of the heat distribution across the drum width and into the plate. The perfectly controlled heat imparts better dimensional stability to the plate backing, affording increased stability and consistency to plate processing. The accurate regulation of the heat eliminates the need for a chiller.

The nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processor is packed with clever, user-friendly features for an enhanced user experience. The machine interface, or HMI, employs a fully integrated touch screen panel and runs Window CE. Additionally, the HMI contains operator training videos and is wi-fi enabled for remote diagnostics. The nyloflex® Thermal Processor is also equipped with a visual indicator and an audible alarm that sounds when plates are ready to eject, allowing operators the freedom to perform other tasks while the plates are being processed.

“The heat regulation demonstrated by this technology raises the bar on thermal platemaking, and Flint Group is proud to now engage in this area of technology.” said Rich Emmerling, Technical Director of Flint Group Flexographic Products.

Further benefits can be realized in the engineered fabric of the nyloflex® Developer Rolls, designed to be highly efficient and environmentally friendly. A unique fiber shape provides optimal surface area to retain molten polymer, resulting in a material that is 30% less dense than standard developer roll. nyloflex® developer rolls are offered in two widths to maximize the efficiency of use with various plate sizes. The special fabric design and variable width options result in a material that is noticeably lighter and easier for operators to handle.

To complete the program, Flint Group offers a comprehensive waste recovery program with the nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System. All consumables used in the system, including plates, can be picked up and routed to a waste-to-energy facility or recycled where available. The process is simple: the customer collects the items, palletizes them and when ready, calls a toll-free hotline to request pick-up.

By combining the best in equipment design, plate development and engineered fabric, Flint Group is prepared to raise thermal plate making to a new level. The equipment will debut at LabelExpo Americas 2016 on Anderson & Vreeland’s booth # 929. The nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System is presently available in North America, and distributed exclusively by Anderson & Vreeland.

About Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.
Founded in 1961, Anderson & Vreeland has earned an international reputation as a leading provider of flexo prepress solutions for the graphic arts industry. The company offers a “systems” approach to conducting business by evaluating customer needs and offering the best solutions in the form of equipment, materials, training, and technology tailored for each customer. A&V supports these solutions with over 50 years of experience and a staff of technical sales representatives thoroughly knowledgeable about the fine points of flexo. The company’s substantial flexo experience and technical support sets it apart from other prepress suppliers. This experience and support results in smoother and easier integration of technical advancements affecting flexo prepress. Further information is available on the web at http://www.AndersonVreeland.com.

About Flint Group
Flint Group is dedicated to serving the global printing and packaging industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables and printing equipment, including: a vast range of conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for most offset, flexographic and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, plate-making equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colourant applications; Flint Group also designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital colour presses for labels and packaging applications, document printing, as well as commercial printing as well as platemaking equipment for the newspaper industry and computer-to-plate (CtP) solutions for the commercial printing market; With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 7900 people. Revenues for 2015 were € 2.2 billion. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves. For more information, please visit http://www.flintgrp.com

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