tesa has extended its Softprint FE-X range with Flex-Design, aimed at use on damaged sleeve surfaces or thin-walled sleeves that expand during the mounting process.
Derived from a grid characteristic, its design consists of a foam carrier embedded between two PE-reinforcement films. This results in a more forgiving laydown of the tape which helps to counterbalance the increase in sleeve circumference whilst achieving a better bonding on inconsistent surfaces through a specially-engineered adhesive.
tesa Softprint FE-X Flex-Design makes the process of plate mounting and demounting ‘fast and easy’, according to the company, due to the adhesive system used, thanks in part to a higher bond towards sleeve or cylinder than the printing plate. This allows faster job preparation and increased efficiency.
The adhesive system is also highly resistant to solvents and elevated temperature as well as possessing humidity resistance to ensure safe plate bonding. Non-tacky surface characteristics have also been implemented to allow the mounting of multi-color jobs faster into register.
Richard Eeles, tesa’s UK key account manager for flexo, is confident tesa Softprint FE-X Flex-Design will prove to be an invaluable tool for flexible packaging manufacturers. He said: ‘The combination of tesa Softprint tapes with the latest plate technology and printing presses results in the best possible print quality when selecting one foam hardness. It will enable manufacturers to reduce the complexity of their processes and offer a more standardized print production cycle.’