33What is LUX?LUX is a plate making process that produces flat top dots from aconventional digital flexo plate• Improves Print Quality• Reduces mechanical dot gain• Increase in line screen with no otherchanges• Improves Print Consistency• Dot gain is more consistent on long runs• Less sensitive to impression levels• Reduces Operating Costs• Faster start up• Runs clean/ fewer start & stops• Expands flexo capability to run againstgravure and offset (short runs option)Printer / Print Buyer• Versatile• Small, mobile laminator footprint• Works with solvent or thermal processing• Leaves all options open, user can choosewhether to image with standard digital orLUX digital process• Consistent• 1:1 Imaging from mask to plate• Consistent plate height within image• Reduce or eliminate effects of elevation,humidity, barometric pressure• Value• Preserves existing investments in digitalworkflow and imagingPlate Maker
4LUX: It is that simpleExisting process LUX processAblatePlateDigitalPlateExposeProcessPlateStandardDigitalPlateMembraneRemoveMembraneLUXLamination
MC12P vs MC12P-LUX 100• Edge definition is much sharper with LUX• MicroCell pattern is much sharper with LUXStandard digital exposure LUX digital exposure
LUX makes MicroCell work better161.201.301.401.501.601.701.80SolidMC7MC1MC8MC9MC10MC4MC11MC12MC3MC13MC14MC15MC16MC5MC6CMC6MG14MG24MG34MG15MG25MG35MG45MG16MG26MG36MG46MG56MC17MC18MC19MC20SIDcyanMicrocell PatternDMAX Microcell EffectsDMAX DMAX LUXHigher ultimate SID with LUX, and more patterns work.
18Consistency: Impression LatitudeLUX enables flexoprinters to print withgreater consistencyDot gain is less sensitive toimpression-Fewer stops for adjustment-Longer runs01020304050607080901001100 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100Digital MVP Digital MVP + 6mil (150 um)01020304050607080901001100 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100Digital MVP + LUX Digital MVP + LUX + 6mil (150 um)StandardDigitalStandardDigital +LUX01020304050607080901001100 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100Digital MVP Digital MVP + 6mil (150 um)0102030405060708090100110LUX reducesdot gainfrom impression30 - 60%Improvement
Consistency: Effects of Wear• Improves Print Consistency– Dot gain was more consistent during this long run19Some evidence of wear in the plate…….. But not in the printExampleDigital MAX (high hardness)0.107 in plates (2.72mm)890k linear foot (271k meters)Press: W&H NovaflexAnilox: 900 LS / 2.2 bcmInk: SolventSubstrate: Film
Versatility - Platemaking• It works on all MacDermid digital plates– Works with plates up to 50” x 80” size– Works with plates from 0.045” to 0.250” thickness• It adds <5 minutes to a normal digital workflow• Backwards-compatible– Use LUX when needed, use standard digital workflow forlegacy jobs20
22LUX ITP: It’s even simplerAblatePlateDigitalPlateExposeProcessPlateStandardDigitalPlateLUX ITPDigitalPlate
LUX ITP Solvent2301020304050607080901000 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100PrintToneDMAX M100 SLUX ITP SNote: Printed with linear tone scale, 150 lpi
LUX ITP Thermal2401020304050607080901000 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100PrintToneDMAX M100 TLUX ITP TNote: Printed with linear tone scale, 150 lpi
A ComparisonLUX Lamination• Produces LUX™ dots• Enhances MicroCellscreening• 1% 200 lpi• Works with allMacDermid digital plates• Surface texture availablethrough Membrane 200• Uses LUX laminatorLUX ITP• Produces LUX™ dots• Enhances MicroCellscreening• 1% 150 lpi (so far…)• Special plate required –60d uncapped• No surface texture• No lamination required25
LUX ITP – The Future• First LUX ITP plate (60d uncapped) will becommercialized in 201326
Industry Perspective in 2013Flat top dots are important, but…1.Are they all the same?2.What is the best way to makethem?27
ConeAnalog CompoundNot all Flat Top Dots are EquivalentDigitalKodak NXDigiFlowEsko FTDFlint NExT
Our Proposition29SolventThermalDigital Dot TypeProcessingTechnologyWe offer you more choices.We are the Global Leader inFlat Top Dot Solutions.We have the expertise to helpyou make the most of the optionsyou select.
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