PremiumSetter Technology

Principle

PremiumSetter technology is based on high-performance, high-resolution lasers that, in tandem with newly developed elastomers, make it possible to create high-precision, three-dimensional printing reliefs. The unique digital control options and the associated high reproducibility of the printing form parameters are particularly important in this technology. The process consists of just two stages and ensures printing forms are available fast.

High-precision production of three-dimensional printing reliefs, according to pre-defined criteria

High-performance laser

At the heart of the PremiumSetter is a high-performance fiber laser that removes the three-dimensional relief to the full depth in a single step. The fiber laser works with a wavelength that is ten times shorter than a CO2 laser, enabling a much more focused  beam. The ultra-fine laser spot of the fiber laser and the high write resolution produce an overall resolution that cannot be achieved when using CO2 lasers due to their design. The only step after engraving is cleaning with water to remove debris. Another special feature of the PremiumSetter is the option of lasering photopolymer printing forms with a digital LAMS coating.

3D engraving

The PremiumSetter uses pre-defined parameters to  convert 1-bit TIFF data into  three-dimensional 8-bit TIFF engraving data, and does so on the fly. Based on tonal value and screen ruling, it calculates the height and shoulder profile of the print elements in halftone images, line art, and text. High-resolution direct laser engraving delivers precise, infinitely variable undercuts, first steps, and shoulder angles, which is impossible in other manufacturing processes.

New-generation elastomers

Elastomers do not swell, because they exhibit greater resistance to chemicals. This makes them ideal for soft, water-based and aggressive ink and coating systems with any type of drying and component basis. Users can choose between printing plates on polyester or metal substrates and sleeves.

PremiumSetter engraves plates and sleeves