Making Flexographic Printing Plates using HD Flexo - Esko

HD Flexo

HD Flexo sets the new flexo printing standard for fine highlights, transition to zero, sharp text and brilliant image details.

A new standard for flexographic printing plates

HD Flexo is the next step in high quality flexo printing.

HD Flexo is a new process for making digital flexographic (flexo) plates. The improved plates are higher quality and print more consistently than standard digital flexo plates. HD Flexo may be implemented without scrapping existing equipment and working methods.


"The quality of the plate on press is far superior to what we were using before, which was already very good. Highlights are reproduced much better and we have definition in the tones. There is no longer a hard drop-off of the dot."

Stacey Turner, Prepress Manager, Artcraft Label Inc.

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Applications and implications of Full HD Flexo

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HD Flexo: how does it work?

HD Flexo by Esko combines 4000 dpi HD optics with unique printing screening technologies to achieve sharper and more accurate imaging. The result is excellent print quality and a simplified plate production because the high-resolution optics deliver sharper imaging of text and lines and more clearly defined, better shaped screen dots.

High resolution imaging on the CDI creates a textured surface on the plate, improving ink lay-down and increasing ink density on the final print. The result is improved image richness and contrast. This is especially helpful for PANTONE® colors, and for white underprints.

HD Flexo - Exceptional flexo print quality

HD Flexo - The new standard for flexographic printing plates

Finally, an alternative for gravure and offset

With HD Flexo, the gap between flexo and gravure and offset is closed. Bringing consistency, vibrant colors and increased print quality, HD Flexo raises the industry standard in flexo printing. Flexo printing can now compete with offset for quality labels and with gravure printing for flexible packaging.

Exceptional flexo printing plates

Exceptional flexo results start with exceptional flexo printing plates.

With Esko’s HD Flexo, not only are you able to deliver a new level of flexo quality. You can also reduce the make-ready time on the press. And what's more, HD Flexo printing plates deliver greater run lengths. And because they need fewer washing cycles, the press is optimally used.

There is a sustainable benefit as well. Printing flexible packaging on a flexo press instead of gravure reduces energy use and CO2 emissions by as much as 50%. Converters and brand owners can improve sustainability by taking advantage of the higher quality offered by HD Flexo.

HD Flexo - Exceptional flexo printing plates
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