Flexographic plate-making specialist Print Quest has invested in a Star Proof and Epson proofing system to showcase the quality of its Kodak NX platesetter.
The Skegness-based company bought the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 proofer and Star Proof device, supplied by Graphic Republik, to highlight the NX's ability to hold a 0.4% dot on the plate.
Managing director David Jarvis said: "Our previous digital proofing solution had difficulties in replicating this level of quality and it didn't actually show the dot pattern, so we began investigating the proofing alternatives.
"In flexo, dot proofing is so important. Before committing to plate, the customer needs to see what the tonal effect will be as it has a major impact on the finished product. We needed to improve the quality of our proof offering. Matching colour on a proof nowadays should be a given, but we wanted to push the boundaries in terms of quality."
The system enables the company to produce proofs on paper, film, and metallic substrates as well as producing white ink.
Jarvis said that the improved proofing service had won the company new customers, as well as reducing rejections.