Reprographic Systems First in UK to adopt Esko’s Crystal Technology

June 19, 2017

Award winning Crystal XPS delivers digitally controlled LED UV Exposure for high quality, highly consistent flexo plate making

Esko (www.esko.com) the global leader in integrated hardware and software solutions for packaging brand management, design and prepress has installed the first XPS Crystal 5080 exposure units at Reprographic Systems in Ireland. The company has also invested in two of the latest Kongsberg Digital Finishing Cutting Tables plus Esko WebCenter software. Esko’s new Crystal technology has recently won the prestigious 2017 Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Innovation Award for PrePress Graphics. It also received an international Red Dot Award for Product Design 2017.

Paul Vaughan, Managing Director at Reprographic Systems says, “We are taking competitive advantage and winning new business. This important investment is a natural progression. We have been waiting to complete our digital solution with Esko’s new exposure technology. From front end to dispatch, Esko’s continuing commitment to innovation is exceptional and groundbreaking.”

The new XPS Crystal is a digitally controlled exposure unit providing near simultaneous exposures supporting all major photopolymer flexo manufacturers. As part of a complete automated platemaking system linking to a CDI imaging unit, the XPS Crystal 5080 offers a superior plate capable of printing at the highest quality levels on diverse substrates. One of the primary factors influencing plate stability is UV exposure, which is fast and holds the finest lines and text onto the plate. Full automation is achieved by linking the XPS to the new fully automated CDI Crystal and thus reducing the process from five manual steps to just one.

Vaughan explains, “The positioning of our three sites offer us the widest customer base. Thanks to these Esko solutions, we are now ideally positioned to service both economies in Ireland and the UK. In 2015 we jointly acquired Promopack Digital Studios in Heanor Derbyshire to extend and expand our reach. We know our future is secure with this investment. With the innovative Crystal technology from Esko we will increase our plate making production levels and improve our export capabilities. We have used Esko equipment since the early 90s. It is tried and tested and always delivers. For labels, folding cartons, and flexible and corrugated packaging we use Esko’s broad array of flexo tools and solutions. Our long term supplier relationship with Esko gives us every confidence in a tough market.”

James Mason, Esko UK/EIRE Sales Manager states, “Over the years we have established a strong relationship with Reprographic Systems and this latest round of investment has come through deep understanding and a detailed analysis of their needs and future aspirations. It is rewarding to know they continue to regard Esko as their partner of choice when it comes to ‘joined up’ innovation.”

About Reprographic Systems (www.reprographicsystems.com)

Established in the late 1960s Reprographic Systems, based in Dublin, has two other sites – one in Lurgan Northern Ireland and the other in Heanor Derbyshire. The company specializes in the manufacture of printing plates for the packaging industry to suit any flexographic printing application. It has predominantly a broad portfolio trade shop servicing wide-web flexibles, corrugated and labels. They also offer wide format print and finishing capabilities. In a world of brands and packaging the company states that they use world leading plate processing equipment for a reason – so that they can provide their customers with the very best and consistent plates available on the market.

About Esko (www.esko.com)

Packaging Simplified. Esko helps its customers to make the best packaging for billions of consumers.

The Esko product portfolio supports and manages the packaging and print processes for brand owners, retailers, designers, premedia and trade shops, packaging manufacturers, and converters. For 9 out of 10 retail packages, Esko solutions are used in packaging management, asset management, artwork creation, structural design, prepress, 3D visualization, flexo plate making, workflow automation, quality assurance, sample-making, palletization, supply chain collaboration and/or the production of signage and displays.

The Esko solutions consist of an extensive suite of software and two hardware product lines: CDI flexo computer-to-plate imagers and exposure units as well as Kongsberg digital cutting systems, complemented with professional services, training and consultancy.

Enfocus, with its suite of automation solutions and PDF quality control tools for printers, publishers, and graphic designers, is an Esko subsidiary. MediaBeacon, with its digital asset management (DAM) solutions is also part of the Esko family.

Esko employs about 1,500 people worldwide. Headquartered in Gent (Belgium), its sales and service organization is in daily contact with customers all over the globe.

Esko is a Danaher company (www.danaher.com).

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