basysPrint has made spot varnish printing a cost-effective reality following co-operation with MacDermid Printing Solutions.
Through the joint development, basysPrint is now able to offer the MacDermid Accent high quality coating plate for packaging and commercial offset printers. The MacDermid coating plate applies spot varnish, as opposed to blanket coverage, on the printed matter via a dedicated fifth printing unit.
The water washable polymer based plate, sensitive to 405 nm laser light, can be imaged by basysPrint’sUV CtP solutions. After exposure the plate is developed by means of a high pressure wash-out unit followed by a drying and curing step. This produces coating plates with the same accuracy as offset plates and in perfect registration. It also enables printers to bring coating plate production in-house, which results in a considerable cost advantage.
“Increasingly end-users are looking to differentiate their products with more creative finishing. Inline spot varnish can offer this creativity without the need for a separate post-press process,” explains Christophe Lievens, basysPrint Director of Sales and Marketing. “Traditionally print shops had to buy their occasional expensive coating plates at a trade shop because it required flexo equipment to produce such a plate. Now they can use a basysPrint UV-Setter for their conventional printing plates and the same imager to expose coating plates for spot varnish printing. This offers a very attractive Total Cost of Ownership to our customers with on top of that the possibility to make a distinction in their competitive market.”
Founded in 1922, MacDermid, Inc. is a privately-owned global specialty chemicals company serving the diversified needs of the Electronics, Industrial, Offshore and Printing industries. It employs over 2,000 people and is headquartered in Denver, CO.
The Printing Solutions segment manufactures flexo printing plates and equipment for packaging and other printing applications.
For more information on the company, visit www.macdermid.com/printing.
basysPrint, a division of Xeikon, is the inventor of UV-CtP and has been offering internationally proven systems for the digital exposure of conventional UV printing plates for more than 10 years. These systems are characterized by a high level of economic efficiency for print companies of all sizes. Through the use of UV plates, users are able to benefit from a stable and environment-friendly production process delivering ultimate imaging quality. Detailed information is to be found at: www.basysprint.com
Xeikon NV. (XEI: AEX) is an innovator in digital printing technology. The company designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital color presses for labels and packaging applications, document printing, as well as commercial printing. These presses utilize LED-array-based dry toner electrophotography, open workflow software and application-specific toners.
As an OEM supplier, Xeikon designs and produces platemakers for newspaper offset printing applications.
Xeikon also manufactures basysPrint computer-to-plate (CtP) solutions for the commercial printing market. These proven CtP systems combine the latest exposure techniques with cost-efficient UV plate technology, high imaging quality and flexibility.
For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name. ThermoFlexX systems provide high resolution plate exposure including screening, color management, as well as workflow management.
All the Xeikon solutions are designed with the overarching principles of profitability, quality, flexibility and sustainability in mind. With these guiding principles and a deep, intimate knowledge of its customers, Xeikon continues to be one of the industry’s leading innovators of products and solutions.
For more information, visit www.xeikon.com.