Athena Graphics raises the bar in plate quality with XPS Crystal

Leading European prepress specialist, Athena Graphics, offers customers unmatched plate quality with the XPS Crystal exposure device.

The Customer

Artwork tailored for success

One of Europe’s leading prepress specialists, Athena Graphics is an international family owned business.

Founded in 1991, this dynamic prepress company operates out of its Belgian headquarters and two production facilities; one in France and one in The Netherlands. Athena Graphics has almost 200 employees.

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With the investment in the XPS Crystal we now have more capacity on our three CDIs and we can make the plates to higher quality standards because now we can give front and back exposure simultaneously.

Ignace Cosaert, Managing Director, Athena Graphics, Belgium

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The challenge

Enhance plate quality

What separates Athena Graphics from the competition is Athena Lab, where 6 people research and develop new technologies.

As such, Athena Graphics intended to enhance its plate quality and expand its platemaking production capacity.

The solution

Simultaneous front and back exposure

An investment in the XPS Crystal 5080 did exactly that.

Patented LED UV light technology in the innovative XPS Crystal allows precise and simultaneous back and main exposure. Unlike the fluctuating output of lightbulbs in other UV frames, the UV LEDs in the XPS Crystal emit consistent radiation. UV LEDs don’t need to warm-up either.

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We have worked with Esko for 27 years. Together with Esko we will continue to raise the bar high every day. It is a real partnership.

Ignace Cosaert, Managing Director, Athena Graphics, Belgium

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The benefits

Unprecedented plate quality

With the investment in the XPS Crystal Athena Graphics has more capacity on its three digital imagers.

And because of the simultaneous front and back exposure, in addition to the consistent light source, the XPS Crystal yields plates with unmatched relief, image consistency and perfectly formed flat-top dots.

Athena Graphics is now able to offer its customers unprecedented plate quality.

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