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Apex Hosts “Simplified Flexo with ECG” at FlexoKITE Center

The FlexoKITE Technology Center, located at Apex International’s manufacturing facility in Nashik, India, held an open day on August 26 with the theme “Simplified Flexo with ECG”. It was a closed event with tag clients across India, especially from the western region of the country. The center is operated by Apex International with its partners Avery Dennison, Bobst, Cosmo Film, Dupont, Esko, Flint, Numex, Swedcut and Tesa bringing together several industry innovation providers under one roof.

Speaking at the event, Nick Harvey, Technical Director of Apex International, said, “FlexoKITE enables access to the highest level of technical knowledge within each of the partners. This combined solution offers faster solutions, accelerated R&D and unparalleled support. In this talk, Harvey highlighted the benefits of extended color gamut (ECG) to simplify the flexo process as well as the historical limitations and failures of ECG in the past. For example, ink transfer and densities do not remain constant, anilox specifications do not always meet expectations, and CMYK variability from anilox to another and press to press .

“The benefits of ECG are significant with less ink revenue, no anilox changes and faster changeover, it doubles efficiency by 40% to 80%,” Harvey said. “If done correctly, ECG will result in higher resolution printing with high quality and up to 50% increase in production time, 30% less ink cost, 90% less washing solvent cost, less tape and less anilox, moving towards a greener and more sustainable solution Harvey adds, “The successful path to ECG must be step by step, job by job .

The open house included a tour of the anilox manufacturing facility at Apex showcasing the design workflow by Esko, prepress platemaking by DuPont and a sample produced on the Bobst M5 press. The goal of these designs was to demonstrate how quickly tasks can be changed and configured when ECG is adopted. During the event, FlexoKITE managed to set up and print at production speed 3 designs on 2 substrates in a record time of 21 minutes 32 seconds. This impressive timeline has proven the real potential financial benefits of the ECG process. The path to a successful ECG can be a gradual, job-by-job process to perfectly fit your own business’s capabilities and needs. The FlexoKITE team is ready to help converters looking to make the leap to ECG.

FlexoKITE is a fully equipped flexo facility that has been designed and set up to provide a base of support for the flexo industry in Asia. By assisting with R&D testing and finalizing designs, printers can convert gravure or letterpress designs to flexo without impacting their own production environment or time. There is also the collective expertise within the partners to assess and solve printing problems and offer proven solutions to converters. It’s a playground for the flexo industry, with Esko’s advanced screening software, DuPont’s fast Cyrel thermal plate processor and Bobst’s M5 narrow web flexo press which is integrated with Apex GTT anilox rolls. highly consistent inks and a Flint UV Force ink system.