Vortex is an effective new generation technology for flexo printing on paper, corrugated cardboard and plastic film. It comes from a proprietary algorithm, exactly like ProjectBlue and BlueEdge, however with different characteristics and advantages compared to “unconventional screen” technologies.
The strength of Vortex lies not in the screening, but in the dot shape, which is modeled differently than the traditional flexographic dot, granting enormous advantages to the printer.
Total control of ink transport
Vortex is developed on Kodak Flexcel NX plate, which – thanks to the digicaps – guarantees in itself an excellent control of the ink transport. The Z DUE technology evolves and completes the control of the amount of ink transferred to the substrate, thanks to the dot shape combined with Kodak digicaps. For the converter, this means having a plate capable of carrying up to 40% less ink transferred from the anilox onto the substrate.
With a single plate it is therefore possible to transfer 100% of the color in the solid backgrounds to obtain saturated and brilliant colors, while in the screened areas and in the highlights it is possible to obtain excellent definition without clogging the plate.
Easy-to-use and savings
Vortex is a printer-friendly system, thanks to its extreme ease of use. The plate can be used on any flexo machine, whether it is of the latest generation or a little dated. The biggest technical-commercial benefit, however, lies in the savings:
- Savings in updating anilox rolls: Vortex allows to raise the screen lineature without changing any machine setup. If up to now you have printed at 80 lpi, it is easy for you to be able to print 107 lpi simply using the Z DUE clichés, without any modification to the machine, substrate, colors or aniloxes.
- Savings in anilox change: Thanks to Vortex it is possible to print on different substrates without changing the aniloxes, for example on corrugated cardboard it is possible to print on coated papers with anilox dedicated to uncoated papers, thanks to the generous reduction of ink transport in the screened areas. This means you don’t have to change the anilox setup between one print and another, with considerable savings in start-up times and, therefore, money.
- Ink savings: Vortex transports the right amount of ink to the various printing areas, avoiding ink waste and allowing faster and more precise print start-ups.
Vortex gets the most out of your flexo printer
As highlighted above, the Vortex plate allows the printer to raise its own screen lineature, whatever it is. Try to imagine an old printer of yours, which until yesterday printed a maximum of 60 lpi, printing today at 90 lpi; or a new generation machine, which until yesterday printed safely at 107 lpi, printing today safely at 135 lpi. Try to imagine a print on kraft paper with a very high screen lineature, or perhaps a print on coated paper at 107 lpi with anilox of 8-10 grams per SQM.
All this is now possible with Vortex, without any difficulty for the operator.