MacDermid plans to expand its Lux platemaking technology through the development of ‘Lux in-the-plate’, which incorporates the flat-top dot benefits of the Lux process into the plate itself, eliminating any extra steps in the platemaking workflow.
MacDermid Printing Solutions enters drupa 2012 on a wave of unprecedented growth, based on the rapid adoption of Lux platemaking technology. Having recently celebrated its 100th worldwide Lux installation, MacDermid continues to expand the reach of this technology for making the unique Lux flat-topped dot.
The ‘enthusiastic reception’ of Lux flat-top dot technology, says the company, prompted the effort to put the functionality of the membrane inside the plate, giving a technology that delivers the Lux dot shape and solid screening enhancement without the need for any extra materials or processes.
‘The incorporation of Lux flat-top dot technology into the plate has posed enormous challenges for MacDermid R&D,’ said Timothy Gotsick, vice president of technology for MacDermid Printing Solutions. ‘Despite these challenges, the progress our development team has made is remarkable. Internal print results have clearly demonstrated the technical feasibility of Lux in-the-plate, and we are aggressively pursuing the manufacturing investments and expanded testing program necessary to bring this unprecedented platemaking capability to the flexographic print industry.’
Field testing of Lux in-the-plate is expected to begin later this year, with the goal of commercializing the product in 2013.
MacDermid Printing Solutions will show its Lux technology at drupa in Hall 5 Stand A37.
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