Esko’s innovative XPS Crystal 5080 was granted the prestigious 2017 FTA Technical Innovation Award in the Prepress Graphics category.
The unique XPS Crystal 5080 is a digitally controlled UV LED exposure unit, providing simultaneous main and back exposure.
The system is programmed with exposure parameters for the most popular flexo plates. Load a plate onto the glass surface and press ‘Start’. It won’t get any simpler than this.
The consistent light source of UV LEDs and the nearly concurrent back and main exposure deliver unmatched relief and image consistency combined with perfectly formed flat-top dots. As a result, these plates deliver the highest level of consistency and quality on press.
Winning this specific award means so much to Esko. With FTA’s Technical Innovation Award comes great recognition and probably the best reward our team could have dreamt of.
Pascal Thomas, Director of Flexo Business, Esko
The combined CDI Crystal 5080 XPS flexo plate making solution reduces five manual steps in the traditional plate making process to just one step.
For five out of the six ‘Best of Show’ FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards, the recipients work with Esko CDI flexo imagers. These award recipients proved an unparalleled overall execution; from sharp images and tight registration to consistent repeats and proof to print matching.
In addition, over 70% of all awards were submitted by companies who are Esko CDI customers or work with Esko flexo solutions.
Read the full press release here.
For more than two decades, FTA has sought to recognize and celebrate the incredible achievements made by individuals and companies, large and small, which have contributed to the growth of flexography.
The Technical Innovation Award recognizes companies and/or individuals whose visions and perseverance bring new products and technologies to the flexographic marketplace. FTA has celebrated those creative thinkers and risk-takers who seek ways to further refine and advance the flexographic printing process and who bring significant contributions to the industry in terms of adoption, change, and competitive posture.