No solvents or chemicals required

Hell to showcase high-res direct plate engraver

D2000: plates, sleeves or a hybrid

Hell Gravure Systems will show a new high-resolution direct laser engraving system for rubber plates at Drupa.

The new PremiumSetter D2000 can be used to image elastomer plates for a variety of applications including flexo, dry offset, security printing, embossing, specialist sleeves, and digital photopolymer plates using the laser ablative mask system (LAMS).

It is available in versions for plates, sleeves, or a hybrid model that can handle both.

The maximum plate size is 1,350x2,032mm and the relief depth is up to 800mic in a single pass, or 3mm using multiple passes.

Resolution is from 2,540dpi to 5,080dpi but can also optionally be increased to 10,160dpi for security printing applications.

Area sales manager Jan Leonhardt said of the device: “It’s an all in one machine, it’s sustainable, because our workflow doesn’t need any kind of solvents or chemistry.”

He also said that the two-step process – engraving and washing – was simple and quick.

“Printers could do the plates in-house, no shipping costs anymore and they would have a much better downtime rate, because they could do a new plate within one hour and start printing again,” he noted.

“No need any more to demount a job due to worn out photopolymer plates, rubber plates are five-to-ten times more durable and can be compared with a car tyre.”

The PremiumSetter has a 10mic laser beam and can create very fine details including gradients.

Pricing was not disclosed.

The device will be on show at Hell’s Drupa booth, Hall 3/A91.