In the Prepress Graphics category, the 2016 Technical Innovation Award went to Flint Group for its nyloflex FTF Digital Plate Technology. This new flexo-plate technology provides flat top dots by simply processing like any standard round top digital plate. No additional investment, equipment, processing steps or consumable items are required. Additionally, a special, textured plate surface eliminates the need for time consuming surface screening. The optimized texture of the plate provides even ink laydown and increases solid ink density at any imaging resolution, even standard resolutions of 2400 or 2540 dpi.
Also in the Prepress Graphics category, a 2016 Technical Innovation Award was bestowed to MacDermid Graphics Solutions for its LUX ITP 60 Technology. This innovative solution builds on its previously award-winning LUX Lamination technology, through providing the convenience of flat top dots right out of the box. The advancement was achieved by combining creative formulating and plate construction expertise, creating a simple, yet highly complex solution to address the existing concerns of current flat top users. No additional platemaking steps or equipment are needed to take advantage of the print quality and consistency that LUX flat top dots provide.
The third and final 2016 Technical Innovation Award, for the Heavy Metal category, went to PAD Peripheral Advanced Design FLEXOMAID for its AEROMAID Technology. The AEROMAID system cleans all types of anilox and gravure cylinders with remarkable efficiency, unparalleled accuracy and unrivalled repeatability, regardless of line screen or cell dimensions. Using innovative, affordable, eco-friendly and waterless technology, consistent cleaning performance, roll after roll is achieved. Its patented head measures the roll before cleaning to determine the right amount of detergent to use, minimizing fluid consumption for substantial savings.