Forlabels installs Greek's first ThermoFlexX imager

Leading labels and flexible packaging printer chooses ThermoFlexX 48 to meet customers' needs for greater flexibility

Eede, The Netherlands, (PresseBox) - The first ThermoFlexX imager in Greece has been installed by Forlabels S.A., one of the country's most advanced and innovative label and flexible packaging printers. The company chose a ThermoFlexX 48 from the six imagers in the range, as its maximum plate size of 900 x 1,200 mm best suits the work produced at the site.

"We decided on ThermoFlexX after extensively testing the functionality and output of its imagers," says production and plant manager Vasilis Chatzichrysos. "We are in no doubt that ThermoFlexX models distinguish themselves from other flexo imagers by providing the highest output quality on the market. We were also greatly impressed by the productivity of the ThermoFlexX imager, which is unmatched even at higher resolutions. The installation of the ThermoFlexX 48 has significantly improved our production times."

Forlabels was founded in 1986 by Avgerinos Chatzichrysos who was later joined by his brother Vasilis. Today the company operates from 3,500 sq metre premises in Schimatari, Boeotia, near Athens, where it runs flexo, digital, thermal, cold foil and screen printing equipment. In addition to comprehensive pre-press facilities the finishing department includes laminating and die cutting plus a host of other processes that allow Forlabels to produce an extensive range of self-adhesive labels.

Forlabels specialises in the food, beverages, health, beauty and agricultural markets. The company is a member of FINAT, the European label association, and is a charter member of the newly formed Union of Greek Labelers. Forlabels was amongst 50 Greek companies that were acclaimed as 'National Champions' at the recent European Business Awards 2013/14.

"We are totally focused and committed to offering the highest possible service to customers," says Avgerinos Chatzichrysos, general and commercial manager. "To achieve our objectives we constantly monitor new developments and technologies around the globe, and invest in industry-leading equipment that enables us to meet customers' requirements with efficiency, versatility and professionalism."

ThermoFlexX offers the widest selection of resolutions of any flexo imager on the market - 2,400, 2,540, 4,000, 4,800 and 5,080 dpi. The latter equates to 250 lpi, which allows the production of the highest quality labels, and provides some 25 per cent greater sharpness of line-work and images compared to the high definition standards most commonly used in other flexo imagers.

The automatic clamping system allows plates to be mounted quickly and accurately while the automatic plate release function enables plates to be unloaded in a controlled and manageable way. The vacuum slider, unique to ThermoFlexX models, allows the use of plates of any width. By simply moving a slider to the edge of the plate the operator can isolate the vacuum on the unused part of the drum.

Featuring an open network interface, ThermoFlexX imagers are able to image 1-bit TIFF files received from any pre-press workflow with the aid of its MultiPlate software. An easy-to-use graphical interface guides jobs through MultiPlate in order to optimize plate usage. MultiPlate incorporates hot-folder functionality and includes features such as automatic job organisation, file cropping, gap customization plus step and repeat.

Xeikon International BV

Xeikon Prepress, a division of Xeikon International, has a long lasting reputation of manufacturing high quality Computer to Plate equipment. For the flexographic market, Xeikon Prepress offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name. ThermoFlexX imagers provide high-resolution plate exposure combined with flexibility and productivity. The basysPrint CtCP systems offer flexibility combined with outstanding quality using conventional offset plates resulting in a very attractive ROI for commercial printers. The newspapers CtP products, manufactured and designed under an exclusive OEM agreement for Agfa Graphics, and commercialized under the names Polaris and Advantage, are considered as the reference in the newspaper industry.

Xeikon is also an innovator in digital printing technology. The company designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital color presses for label and packaging applications, document printing, as well as commercial printing. These presses utilize LED-array-based dry toner electrophotography, open workflow software and application specific-toners. All the Xeikon solutions are designed with the overarching principles of profitability, quality, flexibility and sustainability in mind. With these guiding principles and a deep, intimate knowledge of its customers, Xeikon continues to be one of the industry's leading innovators of products and solutions. For more information, visit www.ThermoFlexX.com.

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