MacDermid Flexographic Plates Graphics Solutions


MacDermid has become a well-known name when it comes to any discussion of flat-top dots. It was back in 2010 that MacDermid Printing Solutions (as they were previously named) announced that its LUX platemaking system could be used with LAVA thermal processing. The combination of flat-top dots with thermal processing was hailed as an industry first, offering printers and converters an opportunity to merge the quality and consistency of LUX with the efficiency and environmental benefits of LAVA.

Since then MacDermid’s technology has again moved forward and the range now includes LUX In-the-Plate (ITP). This is a game-changing technology that provides all the benefits of LUX lamination, but with the convenience of flat-top dots. No additional platemaking steps or equipment are needed to take advantage of the print quality and consistency that LUX flat-top dots provide.

The first available LUX ITP plate was the LUX ITP 60, a 60 durometer, durable and extremely low-tack plate, that’s perfectly suited for long and clean running print jobs. The plate offers a 1:1 mask-to-plate imaging capability, eliminating the need for a bump curve. By removing the bump curve, printers are able to expand the available colour gamut and print a smaller dot.

MacDermids most recent addition to their flat-top dot range is the medium durometer, LUX ITP M that offers a 1:1 mask-to-plate imaging capability, thus eliminating or greatly reducing the need for a bump curve. Allowing printers to expand the available colour gamut and print a smaller dot. It is specifically designed for paper stocks, preprinted liner board and other applications where a combination of high durability and excellent ink laydown is required.

Both LUX ITP 60 and ITP M have been designed to be processed in either solvent or LAVA thermal processing systems.

The LUX ITP 60 has been awarded a Technical Innovation Award in the Prepress Graphics category.

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MacDermid are among the leading suppliers of Photopolymer plates in the world. This is an ever changing landscape, but with their leading technical development and the large number of awards for innovation MacDermid is increasing their market share in both these markets.

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LUX Lamination won the award for technical innovation in 2010. It is the process where MacDermid laminate a membrane on to a conventional digital plate to create a flat top dot.

LUX ITP (LUX In The Plate) is a plate that with no added intervention gives a flat top dot.

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The washing and storage of a Polymer plate after printing is extremely important to ensure that it prints properly on the next run.

The ink should be removed from the plate immediately after printing, the plate should be stripped from the cylinder or sleeve and stored in a cool dry, light fast place.

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