DuPont Advanced Printing (Wilmington, Delaware) has announced the commercial availability of the newest addition to its award-winning DuPont Cyrel plate platform – the DuPont Cyrel DLC, a soft digital plate that uses a new polymer formula developed especially for the corrugated printing market. Its low durometer is designed for better printing on lower quality recycled and thinner liner corrugated board using water-based inks, said the company.
“The DuPont Cyrel DLC plate significantly improves solid-ink coverage on recycled board which presents more of a challenge to print on than virgin board stock,” said Bob Hannum, Corrugated Segment Manager for North America at DuPont Advanced Printing. “Feedback from early customers is that not only is DLC performing better than standard durometer sheet and liquid plates, but also against competitive soft durometer sheet plates.”
Delivering the ink from the plate to the substrate in a way that provides solid ink coverage while not crushing the board with over-impression has been a challenge – but is now achievable with the Cyrel DLC plate, said the company. Edge-crush test (ECT values) are kept virtually unchanged after printing.
Key features that benefit corrugated printers include:
- Superior solid printing that allows for lower-volume anilox – which can help provide greater ink savings
- Increased press impression latitude
- Virtually no board crush with over impression
- Better barcode accuracy
- Excellent positive and reverse print areas