The applications of high-resolution 3D direct laser engraving extend far beyond flexible packaging. With this in mind, HELL is expanding its PremiumSetter portfolio and adding a large number of functions. As a result, the PremiumSetter is evolving into a universal platform.
PremiumSetter S1000 – a versatile laser for high-resolution direct engraving
High-resolution 3D direct laser engraving offers a whole host of significant benefits for a great many relief printing processes. HELL has transformed the PremiumSetter to create a universal platform that supports the various areas of application even more effectively. For example, the PremiumSetter is now equipped with an optimized plate and sleeve handling system. Furthermore, both elastomer and digital photopolymer printing forms (LAMS) can be processed. In addition to this, HELL has developed a range of practical functions for applications such as dry offset printing, coating plates, hygiene products, wrapping paper, and flexible packaging.
Dry offset printing is ideal for decorating open containers, metal drink and aerosol cans, and polymer cups and tubes. Direct engraving of elastomers offers many advantages in this connection. The PremiumSetter is also much more productive than conventional direct engraving systems.
Sheetfed offset printing enhanced with a flexographic coating unit provides a varied range of surface finishing options. The PremiumSetter enables the finest elements to be reproduced, and larger areas can be coated evenly and with excellent edge definition. Short process times ensure fast availability of the printing form. Elastomer printing forms are also much more cost-effective than conventional printing plates.
Ruled paper, napkins, wrapping paper, diapers, and other hygiene products are frequently printed in large-format and continuous processes. Here, too, PremiumSetter technology is beneficial. Elastomer printing forms last longer, particularly on coarse print substrates. The ultra-fine laser spot of the fiber laser enables finer screens to be used than is usually the case with CO2 lasers. Ink transfer is excellent and embossing rollers can also be engraved.
In the area of flexible packaging, elastomer sleeves offer clear cost benefits over photopolymer sleeves. They can also be obtained much faster and are supplied in a press-ready condition. Digital control options for printing form parameters and the properties of elastomer combine to deliver a longer service life and maximum reproducibility. High print densities ensure outstanding results, for example on white backgrounds.
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High-resolution 3D direct laser engraving offers a whole host of significant benefits for a great many relief printing processes