Esko releases highly automated flexo prepress and CtP solution

Esko XPS Crystal 4835 CtP.
Esko XPS Crystal 4835 CtP.

Characterizing the technology as “the industry’s only automated flexo prepress and platemaking solution,” Esko has released its CDI Crystal 4835 Computer-to-Plate (CtP) solution supporting the 48” x 35” plate size that’s popular with flexo converters – while providing the same benefits as the previously-released CDI Crystal 5080. The Crystal CDI features automatic plate loading and unloading and is extremely easy to use. Users report significant benefits in both time and quality. “Operators need minimal training and spend 50% less time at the device,” said the OEM. In addition, plate waste and plate inconsistencies resulting from manual plate handling are eliminated.

The new XPS Crystal exposure unit was introduced into the 5080 and 4835 sizes in the past few years. These unique systems can reduce manual steps from nine to just one, and deliver plates of higher quality and consistency due to their digitally controlled simultaneous UV light main and back exposure. Using the CDI Crystal in combination with the Crystal XPS means that there’s only one system to monitor and minimal operator intervention.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.