Increasingly, elastomer flexo printing is called upon to offer more environmentally sensitive printing options. The Daetwyler Elastomer Plate line offers a meaningful solution in the form of elastomer print form creation and set-up. Water and soap are the only rinse required to remove ash residue left behind after the engraving process which eliminates the need for harsh chemicals or solvents.
Direct-laser engraving is performed on elastomer materials that have been specially adapted for the plate creation process and are supplied as sleeves or plates. These are cross-linked polymers based on synthetic rubber, and are suitable for UV inks, water-based inks, and inks containing solvents. They ensure excellent ink transfer and a very long service life even in the highlights. The digital shaping, laser-engraving machine, and elastomer printing forms combine to create a perfectly coordinated process for optimum quality.