Esko has installed the first XPS Crystal 5080 exposure units at Reprographic Systems in Ireland. The company has also invested in two of the latest Kongsberg Digital Finishing Cutting Tables plus Esko WebCenter software. Esko’s new Crystal technology has recently won the prestigious 2017 Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Innovation Award for PrePress Graphics. It also received an international Red Dot Award for Product Design 2017.
The new XPS Crystal is a digitally controlled exposure unit providing near simultaneous exposures supporting all major photopolymer flexo manufacturers. As part of a complete automated platemaking system linking to a CDI imaging unit, the XPS Crystal 5080 offers a superior plate capable of printing at the highest quality levels on diverse substrates. One of the primary factors influencing plate stability is UV exposure, which is fast and holds the finest lines and text onto the plate. Full automation is achieved by linking the XPS to the new fully automated CDI Crystal and thus reducing the process from five manual steps to just one.
Paul Vaughan, Managing Director at Reprographic Systems explains, “The positioning of our three sites offers us the widest customer base. Thanks to these Esko solutions, we are now ideally positioned to service both economies in Ireland and the UK. In 2015 we jointly acquired Promopack Digital Studios in Heanor, Derbyshire, to extend and expand our reach. We know our future is secure with this investment. With the innovative Crystal technology we will increase our plate making production levels and improve our export capabilities. We have used Esko equipment since the early 90s. It is tried and tested and always delivers. For labels, folding cartons, flexibles and corrugated packaging we use Esko’s broad array of flexo tools and solutions. Our long term supplier relationship with Esko gives us every confidence in a tough market.”
Paul Vaughan (Managing Director) overseeing Esko’s XPS Crystal Exposure Unit at Reprographic Systems