Esko has launched its latest CDI Crystal 4260 XPS plate manufacturing technology, delivering automation, improved quality, increased simplicity and improved reliability to the plate room.
According to Esko, the CDI Crystal 4260 XPS requires only one hour of training, with one touch using an intuitive screen interface and allows unattended operation. Esko XPS Crystal technology combines primary and rear UV exposure, using LEDs that emit constant UV light.
Pascal Thomas, Director of Flexo Business at Esko, said: “The impact of Covid-19 has only worsened the demands of the prepress and packaging printing industry, whether it is ” increasing production complexity, shorter runs or a need for a quick turnaround time to meet their needs. the brand’s customers’ need for speed to market.
“Maintaining the quality and efficiency of prepress in the face of such complexity is a challenge, when it is also necessary to manage the quality of products and services and to minimize costs to remain competitive. The answer lies in digitizing, automating and connecting the prepress and plate manufacturing process to reduce costs, increase quality and speed, and eliminate waste and errors in resources, time and materials. To that end, we present the newest member of the Esko CDI family, the CDI Crystal 4260 XPS. ‘
The combination of the CDI Crystal flexo imager with the XPS Crystal exposure unit provides a consolidated flexo plate workflow. “Redefined from the ground up, integrating and automating digital imaging and UV LED exposure processes improves consistency and overall ease of use for prepress operators,” said Thomas.
The CDI Crystal 4260 XPS is said to reduce manual steps by 50% and errors by 50%. It cuts operator time by up to 73 percent.
Esko presented the PlateHandler, a robotic device connecting the CDI Crystal imager to the XPS Crystal exposure unit. The integration of Esko PlateHandler into the system reduces the number of operator touchpoints, freeing up to 50% of their time and allowing them to assist with other higher added value tasks such as quality control , storage and mounting of plates.
The new Esko PlateFeeder-S enables distortion-free transport of plates from storage to CDI. The table can be tilted to fit through the doors and docked to the CDI to ensure perfect plate positioning and digital connection to the CDI Crystal. Its cover sheet can also be removed to allow free access from all sides without entry of static charge.
The integration of the PlateFeeder-S into the configuration prevents idling between the plates as the operator takes care of other tasks. An additional plate can be positioned for automated transport in the CDI Crystal as soon as it is available.
“The operator only needs to be on the machine once during each imaging cycle, to load a new plate and unload the exposed plate from the XPS Crystal,” added Thomas.
“With the PlateFeeder-S, once docked, it becomes visible on the CDI touchscreen and integrates into the automated workflow allowing the operator to position a new plate at any time during the imaging process. 15 minutes. Integrated sensors also ensure accurate plate loading via the PlateHandler, preventing plate wastage and other errors. The PlateFeeder-S eliminates 100% of plate load idle time on the Crystal XPS CDI, enabling uninterrupted plate manufacturing, reducing system inactivity by up to 40%, and reducing downtime by 40%. human contact points. ‘
The new technology would increase plate-making productivity by 15 percent.