TESA® SOFTPRINT® X-HARD REDUCES UNEVEN INK DISTRIBUTION AND PIN-HOLING
(Posted on 08/03/19)
To meet the ever-increasing demands of the flexographic printing industry and the issues it faces, tesa, a pioneering tape manufacturer with decades of experience, has introduced a new addition to its current range of Softprint®plate mounting tapes.
The only tape manufacturer currently to offer this product to the marketplace, tesa Softprint®X-Hard has been designed to combat the troublesome issue of pin-holing - the uneven or incomplete ink distribution when printing a solid area, resulting in a loss of density and a reduced colour vibrancy.
The right choice of foam hardness in the plate mounting tape, aligned with the used printing plate, is a crucial factor to achieve the desired result of best solid ink density. The technical advantages of the new tesa Softprint®72129 STM-TP are based on a new firm foam formulation of tesa’s high performance closed cell PE foam, providing excellent cushioning, high resilience, and fast recovery properties to ensure a uniform ink laydown on solid areas, high printing speeds and consistent print quality.
The addition of X-Hard extends tesa’s current Softprint®range, which includes X-Soft, Soft, Medium, Medium-Hard and Hard options. Historically, foam plate mounting tapes were divided into two thickness categories: 380μm/15 mil for label printing (narrow web) and 500μm/20 mil for flexible packaging printing (wide web). Nowadays, customers decide individually which category offers the most benefits for their processes.The expanded tesa Softprint®assortment offers both thickness categories at an equally high level of quality in terms of print results and adhesive properties.
Richard Eeles, tesa UK’s Key Account Manager for flexo, said “tesa is aware of the daily issues that face the print industry, and by investing time and resources to address these, we are finding solutions that set the highest standards to ensure the future growth of the industry.”