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Label Print Edition

Froben Druck: Succesfully printing low migration labels with waterless UV offset Codimag: Showcases marks-3zet waterless solutions at Labelexpo Toray thermal CTP plates for high-end label printing The latest solutions for prepress automation PrePress iLs: The intelligent software for remote prepress control



Editorial Staff:

marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG Lahnstraße 38

Tel. +49 (0) 208 / 999 46 0

Souscha Verlinde

D-45478 Mülheim an der Ruhr

Fax +49 (0) 208 / 999 46 29

Hans-Joachim Koch

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In the coming weeks, our business will be focused on label and package printing, not least because of the Label Expo, where we will be featured prominently. It runs through this Label Print edition of marks News like a common thread: in several regional markets, we are seeing users change from flexographic to waterless printing: For our customers, the processes are improving in quality and becoming cheaper at the same time – another sign that these two developments need not be contradictory. It is critical that the processes also be adapted at the companies as well – a change of technology always goes hand-in-hand with process changes. In sheet-fed offset and newspaper printing, the greatest changes are afoot in prepress and in quality management. Only by continuously standardising the prepress stage while also keeping an eye on process quality can the planned – and potential – cost reductions be realised. We take these developments into account by continuously expanding our prepress expertise. In addition to hardware, software is critically important. We follow an „Apple“ instead of a „Windows“ strategy in our workflow: we are referring not to any operating system, but to our conscious choice not to offer an endless variety of options, instead providing the user with those options that are really needed – thereby making things as simple as possible, while

Dr. Gert Sieger

also ensuring high stability (this was precisely the secret to the success of the Apple OS – we

Managing Director marks-3zet

are simply copying the recipe for success!). We succeeded in this attempt in the workflow software – as many enthusiastic customers will attest! In package printing, “Low Migration” is a new reality that we all have to deal with. Whether one views this positively or negatively, ultimately we have to accept what is happening in the

Dear customers, dear readers, market. It was reassuring for us that Classic Colour‘s UV colours scored the highest in an independent scientific comparison, and that migration could hardly be detected at all: this means that we have the lowest migration ink on the market! If your customers request tests of this type from you, please get in touch, and we will be happy to help you. I hope that like us, you are also sensing an improvement in the economy. With this in mind, I wish you continued and ever greater success in business! Yours sincerely,

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The Original.

• Calibrated underpacking sheets • Self-adhesive underpacking foils • Compressible underpacking sheets

underpacking materials

Inhaltsverzeichnis Introduction: Dr. Gert Sieger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seite 3 Producing low migration adhesive labels using waterless UV offset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seite 6 Codimag showcases its fully optimized waterless printing process at Labelexpo using marks-3zet waterless label print solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seite 12 marks-3zet Waterless Label Print Solutions Classic Colours „Nevada LA“ The low migration ink for waterless UV label printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seite 13 Toray TAC VG-5 & LL-7 High-resolution thermal CTP printing plates for maximum label quality. . . . . . . . . . . Seite 14 One CTP For highest flexibility in waterless and conventional label printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seite 16 One Workflow Optimal automation for the imaging of flexo and offset printing plates . . . . . . . . . . . . Seite 20

Producing low migration adhesive labels using waterless UV offset Seite 6

PrePress iLs: The remote monitoring software for your prepress production line  Seite 23

The low migration ink for waterless UV label printing  Seite 13

Plate transport systems The optimal addition to your CTP line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seite 22 Low-chem processing machines For eco-friendly plate processing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seite 25

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Foods are indispensable. For protection and for longer shelf life, most of them are packaged. Both the packaging and label need to be designed so as to prevent unwanted substances from migrating from them into the food. The example of Froben Druck near Bremen shows the lengths that producers of self-adhesive roll labels go to in order to offer „low migration“ products. Foods are sensitive goods serving daily needs. They need to be produced in such a way that they do not pose any health risks to people, i.e. the consumers. This also includes packaging. Packaging protects the foods, and substances in the packaging must not migrate into the food. That is to say, no substances of any kind may migrate from folding cartons, foil pouches, other packaging or the applied labels, and in so doing contaminate the food. The experts at Froben Druck in Ottersberg near Bremen are only too well aware of this. The self-adhesive roll label specialists take great pains to make sure that the materials they use pose no risk to human health. That is why they have been using „Low Migration“ (LM) products in their inks and coatings for years.

„LOW MIGRATION“ INKS. The company installed its first machine for printing self-adhesive roll labels back in 1972. This business segment was continuously expanded. In the beginning, UV production in the area of self-adhesive roll labels was only used in letterpress printing, with flexographic printing coming somewhat later. The company produces high-quality labels, adhesive paper, monofilms and adhesive films. The Ottersberg company has now


Producing low migration adhesive

Froben Druck produces many labels, especially ones subject to particularly high quality requirements, using its new waterless rotation.

been using offset printing for more than five years, and waterless UV offset printing since the end of 2012. For the latter, the company made a special investment in a new printing machine equipped with what are called keyless inking units. The Ottersberg company uses only „Low Migration“ inks by the English manufacturer Classic Colours on this machine. The English company‘s products are distributed by Germany‘s best-known waterless printing centre and Toray representative, marks-3zet, headquartered in Mülheim an der Ruhr. Classic Colours specialises in „Low Migration“ products, and has been formulating waterless inks for over 20 years.

WHY WATERLESS? That‘s an easy question to answer. The following is a concise list of the attributes of this type of offset printing: Brilliance, low dot gain, extremely fine screen, high ink deposit thickness, large density range, or quite simply: very high print quality. A powerful argument. In 2002, there were only 100 or so companies offering waterless offset printing in Germany. Now there are more than 800 – an 800 percent increase! And Froben Druck is one of them. The company handles all kinds of demanding label jobs using a new narrow-web offset printing machine equipped with waterless offset printing units. Given the demand for more and more differentiation in the retail environment, i.e. at the point-of-sale (POS), along with demand for ever smaller runs, these trends have naturally had impacts on packaging and label production. Because of frequent order changes, printers

labels using waterless UV offset are on the lookout for more economical methods of printing than what flexographic printing allows. „An offset plate costs a fraction of what a flexographic printing form costs, and has a much shorter way to go during prepress,“ says Frank Hütter, Deputy Managing Director of Froben Druck. „We do all the printing templates and plate making in-house, including letterpress, flexographic and offset printing, both conventional and waterless.“

KEYLESS INKING UNITS IN OFFSET. When it came to reprints or extra print runs, flexographic printing was always one step ahead compared to offset printing because of the simple keyless inking units. But now the shoe is on the other foot. „Since we acquired our new web offset rotation for waterless operation, reprints are no longer a problem here, because marks-3zet news - Label Print Edition - 2013


it operates using keyless inking units just like flexographic printing machines,“ continues Hütter. „A large number of our customers are from the food industry, which is why we only use low migration inks. Many of our customers are global brands, while others are small craftsmantype outfits. We provide comprehensive service and act as a reliable partner to all customers, whether large or small,“ adds Managing Director Ingwert Froben. Transition to LM completed. In waterless offset printing, the Ottersberg company operates using a Codimag Viva 420 Aniflo with keyless inking units (direct inking units, direct colouring) and have (practically) no ink fade from front to back. And there are no longer any zone screws on the machine. „Once all the data is correct and all temperatures have been determined, you bring a repeat job to the machine next time and it starts running straight away,“ says Hütter. All of this, in conjunction with factors like the width of the machine, the speed, the gauge pins (0.05 mm) and the elimination of the ink-water balance (which is much harder to handle in UV printing than in conventional non-UV offset), argued in favour of a waterless machine. „We converted everything to Low Migration in letterpress, in flexographic and then in offset. This was a significant expenditure. The inks have an entirely different pigmentation than non-LM products, and we had to establish completely new colour curves for the machines,“ says Hütter.

The self-adhesive roll label specialists from Ottersberg take great pains to make sure that the materials they use pose no risk to human health. That is why they have been using „Low Migration“ (LM) products in their inks and coatings for years. 8

The narrow-web roller offset printing machine (width 420 mm) uses waterless printing plates from the Japanese manufacturer Toray, which is represented by marks-3zet.

No migration EU Regulation 1935/2004 stipulates that materials and articles must be produced in accordance with good manufacturing practice, so that in normal implementations and within the context of the intended use, none of their components are able to migrate into foods, especially not in quantities • that could be hazardous to human health • that could bring about an unwanted change in the composition of the food • or which could lead to a deterioration in organoleptic properties. In Switzerland, there has been a regulation in place since 2010 regarding packaging inks, the stipulations of which have been adopted by many food producers as a guideline. The new Regulation (EC) No. 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials coming into contact with foods stipulates that the printed surface may not transmit any substances in quantities leading to concentrations in the food not in accordance with the requirements set out in Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004. Such transfers occur either due to migration of particles through the substrate, or due to set-off in the stack.

For waterless label printing, the Ottersberg company uses only „Low Migration“ inks by the English manufacturer Classic Colours. 9

Since digital printing machines are getting faster and more reliable all the time, and because repeatability and the range of materials are getting better and better, the future belongs to


digital printing – of this Frank Hütter is convinced. In connection with laser stamping and many small print runs, this is a very good alternative to conventional printing, he believes.

The english manufacturer

The team has been following trends very closely.

Classic Colours specialises in „Low Migration“ products, and

TRENDS IN THE WATERLESS MARKET. Waterless printing is now a mature technology, having emerged from its niche status long ago. All reputable printing machine manufacturers now at least feature waterless variants as an option in their ranges.

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has been formulating waterless inks for over 20 years.

With their expanded product portfolio, waterless printers are not as adversely impacted by crises in the printing industry, since they operate in profitable specialist segments and can more than compete in a brutal market based on outstanding quality. So how has waterless offset printing developed over the past 20 years in Germany in particular? We asked Karol Wolnikowski, who is in charge of process technology, distribution and quality management at marks-3zet: „Waterless offset printing is undergoing rapid growth both in Germany and abroad. marks-3zet has seen continuous growth in the number of Due to the high resolution of the Toray plates, nearly all security printers have gone with waterless offset printing.

square metres in Germany and Europe over the last 20 years. If you compare the figures, the number of plates sold has increased 20 times over this period. There is no doubt that the trend is positive and that growth is strong in this segment. In addition to the new production line at Toray that commenced operations in 2006, it has now become necessary to expand began. This is why we‘re bringing a new plate factory online in the Czech city of Olomouc later this year.“ This growth is the result not least of the increasing number of web-based printers, which are focusing more and more on waterless offset printing based on standardisation trends that are easy to follow. It is based on new printing machine designs, such as the KBA-Varius, which was presented at Drupa 2012. Moreover, in the near future two more KBA-Cortina facilities will be brought online, one of them in Germany. „In sheet-fed printing, we continue to focus on UV printing, and are growing proportionally. New niches frequently emerge here to which waterless offset printing is almost ideally suited. Due to the high resolution of the Toray plates, nearly all security printers have gone with waterless offset printing. For instance,


Given the demand for more and more differentiation in the retail environment, i.e. at the point-of-sale, along with demand for ever smaller runs, these trends have naturally had impacts on packaging and label production. Because of frequent order changes, printers are on the lookout for more economical methods of printing than what flexographic printing allows.

identity cards and driving licenses in plastic card format are predominantly printed using this procedure,“ adds Wolnikowski. For him and for marks-3zet, waterless offset printing is the most environmentally friendly printing process. In Mülheim an der Ruhr, tackling the issue holistically is seen as a must, i.e. by also offering Low Migration products.

NO COMPROMISES. Just like the commercial offset printer, the modern label printer would also prefer to go on producing standardised products for a long time. As is the case in flexographic printing, an Anilox roller enabling exact, constant colour layer transmission is wellsuited to this purpose. „In conjunction with a keyless inking unit, waterless offset printing is marks-3zet news - Label Print Edition - 2013

superior not only because of its print quality, but also because of its extremely high stability thanks to the elimination of the ink-moistening agent balance,“ Wolnikowski is convinced. Both in flexographic and in waterless Anilox offset printing, a roller is used to transfer and meter printing ink, as briefly noted above. Whereas in the waterless process the printer can control the ink volume via temperature, a flexographic printer can only do so by regulating the dispensing volume of the roller.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS. By way of summary, it can be said that waterless offset printing with keyless inking units combines the benefits of both flexographic and offset printing. Ink transmission remains stable and consistent using the screen roller, but also indirectly via a printing blanket. Finally, waterless offset printing is and will remain a planographic printing method, which is precisely why it permits high-end printing quality. And: For waterless printing in general, the process is absolutely free of solvents and VOC. All products produced using waterless offset printing are printed without any alcoholic additives (IPA) which reduces VOC and CO2 emissions, thereby satisfying environmental requirements. In addition, printers benefit from minimising waste paper and the associated time and cost savings. 

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Why waterless? That‘s an easy question to answer: Brilliance, low dot gain, extremely fine screen, high ink deposit thickness, large density range, or quite simply: very high print quality. 11

Frank Hütter (Froben Druck), Karol Wolnikowski (marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG), Souscha Verlinde (marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG), Ingwert Froben (Froben Druck) and printer Christian Fritsche in front of the waterless rotation.

The Codimag VIVA 420 Aniflo for waterless label printing, using Esko’s Multichromy, can be seen in full action in hall 11, booth R30 For many years, the French manufacturer Codimag has been actively involved in waterless offset printing. Nowadays, the printing quality of their VIVA 340 and VIVA 340/420 with its anilox offset printing unit Aniflo, is highly accepted amongst label printers in various fields such as wine, cosmetics, food and household. During Labelexpo Europe in Brussels, two of our core products – the Toray thermal plates and the Classic Colours waterless inks – will be used “live” on the VIVA 340 Aniflo press, at the Codimag booth R30 in hall 11. Codimag will demonstrate its VIVA 340 Aniflo that prints with Multichromy from software supplier Esko, which enables a high printing quality and reproduction of a great number of PMS references, without colour changes and wash-up downtimes. The printing plates will be developed with the marks-3zet KTW 653 plate processor. Also our low migration ink series “Nevada LA” from Classic Colours with the set of cyan, magenta, yellow, black, orange, green and violet inks will be used. In security printing, Codimag will demonstrate high resolution exposed plates that print very fine lines and guilloches (up to 7620 dpi).

using marks-3zet waterless label print solutions.


Codimag showcases its fully optimized waterless printing process at Labelexpo The Aniflo short inking unit of the Viva 340/420 Aniflo from Codimag offers printers new possibilities and a broad range of advantages: • Four cylinders of equal diameters • Guarantees a constant and regular ink volume • Elimination of variables such as an ink key control • Saving up to 60% more in waste and time (compared to conventional label printing) • Waterless offset quality • 100 % reproducibility • One-pass inline foiling and embossing • With the combination of offset quality and anilox stability, Aniflo offers printer more process stabilization, process control and better colour management marks-3zet news - Label Print Edition - 2013

Nevada LA is an ink specially developed for roll label printing. Nevada LA is silicone-free, and is used especially in cases where the printed surface needs to be further processed. The continuous development and ease of handling of the printing machine make the Nevada LA series one of the most popular UV inks in waterless label printing. It is not only ideally suited to Anilox and conventional inking systems, but also to various printing materials like coated/uncoated papers and plastics. Classic Colours Nevada LA is a low migration printing ink which is UV-cured. Only permitted raw materials are used in its manufacturing, and we devote the most meticulous attention to the dosing. The challenge is to succeed in actually retaining the positive characteristics of a good printing ink. This requires many tests, analyses and sustainable production, but ultimately makes the ink much easier and suitable to use in the food industry. The Nevada LA printing inks are constantly being further developed in order to offer our customers the very best quality. From trial printing at printing machine manufacturers, to the numerous ink tests conducted at marks-3zet‘s Waterless Printing Centre, to the customer‘s own experiments with various recipes – all these measures make the printing ink what it is today: a good, established product fully adapted to the needs of users in the label segment.

The low migration ink for waterless UV label printing

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Let us convince you of the quality of our low migration ink series „Nevada LA“ for waterless label printing by sending us your request for a free product sample of Nevada LA process inks to

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TAC VG-5 & LL-7 The TAC VG-5 and TAC LL-7 plates are based on Toray‘s patented technology for waterless printing and introduce a new approach to the digital printing plate production. Using thermal energy, longchain silicone rubber molecules are broken down („cracked“), thus exposing the image area. Both plates are especially suited for high-end label printing where print quality is of extra importance. The difference between the two plate types lies in the protective plate foil. The LL-7 does not have a protective foil and therefore is excellently suited for autoloader systems. The VG-5 does have a protective film, which increases the service life and increases the protection agains mechanical damages and scratches.

TAC VG-5 & LL-7


Imaging The LL-7 and VG-5 are thermal negative-working-type printing plates and do not require preheating. The image area surface is generated through irradiation with an infrared laser having a wavelength of 830 nm, exposing the emulsion on the printing plate to thermal energy. The IR sensitive agent in the exposure layer absorbs the heat and releases the silicon rubber from the image area and adheres only loosely on the polymer image area. The nominal sensitivity of the VG-5 and LL-7 is 150 mJ/cm2, resp. 130mJ/cm2. However, this value depends upon the type and quality of the laser being used. The printing plates can be imaged with almost any thermal CTP system on the market. Since the printing plate works non-ablative, no suction system is required in the image setter. The VG-5 can be imaged both with and without the cover film.

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Basic Processing Both plates work according to a purely physical development process, ie. this process does not affect the imaged areas. The special mild activator merely serves to support the separation process of the silicone rubber. Prior to processing, the cover film of the VG-5 needs to be removed.

Conserving Generally, a conservation of the plates is not required. In case of longer dwell times between plate production and printing process (as of approx. 3 days) as well as for archiving, we recommend using our conserving agent CS-1 to maintain the good ink receptivity of the printing layer.

Baking Since both plates are resistant to UV printing inks as well as UV washing agents, the baking of the printing plates is not required. Baking will not increase the print run length. Run length VG-5

Run length LL-7

Coated paper 120,000

Coated paper 150,000

Uncoated paper 80,000

Uncoated paper 100,000

UV inks 60,000

UV inks 50,000

High-resolution thermal CTP printing plates for maximum label quality.


The TAC-Concept The TAC approach differs significantly from traditional thermal printing plates. Since the TAC uses a physical washout method, the dot size remains unchanged by the developing process. Due to the combination of a minimum consumption of chemicals, no conservation and no regeneration, this system offers ecological and economic advantages to the ser. The real user benefit, however, is based on the absolute reliability of the system: it is robust and noncritical, particularly in terms of imgaging and processing. The fast throughput speed and the absence of a preheating stage ensure a quick imaging of the printing plates, resulting in the reduction of downtimes. Moreover, the premium quality ensures that usable prints are being produced after only a very short time and with minimum waste paper. marks-3zet news - Label Print Edition - 2013

For highest flexibility in waterless and conventional label printing Optotec One CTP is an innovative computer-to-plate concept where configuration and degree of automation can be adapted at any time. The modular built system is adjustable to the individual requirements of a pre-press stage by means of an interchangeable laser head (ILH). The external drum system works with register pins, thus enabling an extremely accurate imaging with up to 650 rpm. The balancing and oscillatory control system guarantees smooth and vibration-free running. Fixation of the printing plate is carried out with the aid of a magnetic clamping system and pneumatically powered push down rollers. The special option MultipleRES® allows highest flexibility,

One ILH – Interchangeable Laser Head

for the operator can switch

The interchangeable laser head provides maximum flexibility for the operator. If market re-

between various resolutions.

quirements change, the thermal laser head can be easily replaced with a violet laser head. By default, all laser modules work with an addressable resolution of 2540 dpi and a very reliable laser-array technology Dual Pitch. In connection with the special option MultipleRES®, this CTP system also allows an increased definition of up to 7620 dpi. All parts and components correspond to the applicable ISO standards, are easy to install and can be quickly replaced.

For highest flexibility in waterless and conventional label printing

One CTP with


MultipleRES® The integration of security features in a print product is of great significance, particularly in label, card and packaging printing. Using microtexts or the finest screens, there are many ways for the print shop to increase security against counterfeits while also improving quality. MultipleRES® was developed especially for the requirements of security printing. This special option allows highest flexibility, for the operator can switch between various resolutions. If a higher production speed is required, 2540 dpi ensure a maximum plate throughput. If a job requires security features, a total of 7620 dpi provide the finest elements and the highest screen ruling (also ideal for lenticular printing). marks-3zet news - Label Print Edition - 2013

Highlights: • Switchable 2400*/2540/4800*/5080*/7620 dpi, laser spot diameter approx. 11 μm • The ideal solution for a high plate throughput and when high resolution is required • Very smooth edges achieved through high addressable resolution • Easy start-up of security printing with low investment costs 

*Not in combination with the Dual Pitch laser.

One® High-Resolution This special option has been particularly designed for customers requiring high security printing. Very fine and smooth elements can be achieved through a modification of the laser module with a laser spot of < 4 μm in diameter.

Highlights: • Use of a special laser module (thermal laser) • Genuine 7620 dpi enabling for finest positive and negative elements • Combination of high addressable resolution and a very fine laser spot

MultipleRES® and MultipleRIP®

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MultipleRIP速 Very small plate formats make it particularly difficult to use a CTP system in narrow-web label printing. In most cases, customary CTP systems can only be used by modifying the stamping/drum to work with the smallest formats. The special option MultipleRIP速 was developed especially for this market segment. This feature makes it possible to illuminate multiple inks on just one plate format. For instance, all four process inks are imaged on a mother plate in one pass to increase the output speed by fourfold. Special colours (Pantone) are also possible. An automated or manual stamping and cutting system then completes the pre-press production process.

Plate transport systems With fully automatic, multi-compatible transport and stacking systems, the CTP system can be expanded to a production line: The transport table is designed for a safe and smooth transport of the printing plates. The plate is detected by means of a sensor. Optionally, a transport table with colour sensor allows feeding of a wet offset and a waterless offset processing machine with a CTP imagesetter. More information about our plate transport systems can be found on page 22.


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Keeping a constant eye on the pre-press area

iLs Basic ::: Status request for CtP, transport table, processor and stacker (including web interface usage depending on model)

::: Notification via email in case of emergency ::: Room control via a robotic camera ::: Control of room temperature and humidity Available for: Apple, Windows, Android, Linux.

::: Control of room light e.g. yellow light / UV light or process-free plates

PrePress iLs Remote Monitoring Software

One Workflow is known for its outstanding quality, various screen types, user-friendly interfaces and high speed. An additional important feature is One Workflow‘s flexibility: it can be configured to suit customer needs, with an optional integration of all the available functions. In addition, our highly qualified team is continuously working on the further development of One Workflow. All functions of One Workflow can be used in full automatic mode and at multiple work stations through the use of the Client/Server option. Depending on your requirements, One Workflow can be expanded through special editions and options. One Workflow is a conclusive concept that guarantees you a high degree of production safety. Through modular expansions, the simple adaptation to future production techniques can be easily realized.

One® Workflow An Overview of the Most Important Functions: • Clearly arranged, English user interface (also available in other languages) • Adobe compatible up to PDF 1.7, PS Level 3; works with PS, EPS, PRN, TIFF, BMP, and JPEG • Current PDF variations including transparencies and PDF‐X • Special client version available for multiple users with Windows • Data input using printers, network printers, hot folders, or manually


One Workflow • Output format: 1-bit TIFF (Packbits, LZW, CCITT4, uncompressed) • Connectable to nearly every CTP and CTF system • Multiprocessor support for optimum computer performance • Client/Server option for sharing the software on multiple workstations • System requirements: Windows XP Pro or Windows 7 (32-bit / 64-bit)

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Additional Workflow Options: One Imposition One Imposition is a simple to operate PDF or screen imposition software, with a user-friendly interface that fulfills even the highest requirements. One Commit Management Internet-based software for the administration of the entire work process. All production steps are monitored. One Commit Management can be tailored to the size of every company and to all customer requirements. One Preflight Checking This option enables the automatic testing and certification into PDF format, in advance of exposure. One CIP 3 This option calculates the colour zone data of your typeset data. In the manual mode, all printing machines can be preset with regard to plate size and the setting range of the colour zone controller. One Stochastic One Stodhastic is the extension of the standard screening programme of RIPs, with a frequency modulated screen of the second generation. One Stochastics suppresses undesirable moirĂŠ and cloud effects.

Optimal automation for the imaging of flexo and offset printing plates


One Color Flow This expansion provides universal and centralised control of colour profiles for all output units. One Trapping One Trapping is a quick, pixel-based trapping with well-organised functionality. The result can be checked directly on the monitor. Trapping behaviour can be individually defined for every colour (RGB, CMYK, CieLab).

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In order to cope with the growing pressure â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially cost pressure - in the label market, we offer you an automation and cost-reduction solution in the plate making process. We support our clients with innovative technologies and products in the planning, configuration and installation of building blocks for their CTP line: from the transport table to the turntable and the plate stacker. We will be happy to assist you in equipping your CTP line for optimised plate transport, offering the right solution for every need and plate size, tailored to accord with the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s available space.


Plate transport systems The transport table is designed for a safe and smooth transport of the printing plates. An integrated sensor makes plate identification possible and ensures a safe plate transport. A turntable is used, when control of two different processors is required. Plate detection is carried out with a colour sensor, while the transport to a wet offset or a waterless offset processor depends on the material. A plate stacking unit is located behind the processor, as a last component. It is characterized by a highly compact and flexible construction, an excellent suitability for waterless plates and represents an ideal solution for automated production processes.

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The Conveyor MDT transport table, which is available in different versions, and the PST plate stacker are the most popular products in this area. Of course, this is only a small selection of what we can offer in plate transport systems. Just contact us, and we will be happy to draw up your individualised installation plan, free of charge and without any obligation. For even more efficiency, safety and cost reduction, discover our new concept “PrePress iLs”. This remote monitoring software will allow you an overview of your prepress production at a glance on your mobile device – at any time:

iLs basic • Status request for CTP, transport table, processor and stacker (including web interface usage depending on model) • Notification via email in case of emergency • Room control via a robotic camera • Control of room temperature and humidity • Control of room light e.g. yellow light / UV light or process-free plates

The optimal addition to your CTP line


Benefits and uses: Cost reduction • Process optimisation • Acoustic / optical status report • Recording of temperature and humidity values • Remote process termination • Ready-job notice to printer and workflow • Avoidance of error productions in-between paper recognition

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Safety • Interface connection for all machines • Acoustic and optical signalling • System error via sms, email or telephone report • Liquid level control • Room control • Smoke alarm • Co2 measure when using ovens

Job management • Job allocation / job separation • Individual plate labelling • Job backfill when stacking • Job control • Real-time job-monitoring • XML gateway to megalith, SAP and others • Barcode / 2D Data matrix • Notification of ready-printed jobs • Plate quality control PQCS

PrePress iLs


Environment • Energy monitor • Economy mode • Ovens’ stand-by control • Regulation of heating and air conditioning • Control of the room light e.g. yellow light / UV light or process-free plates

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For eco-friendly plate processing In order to achieve best processing results we recommend using our processing machines, especially designed for waterless offset printing plates. An appropriate processing machine is available for every format, every application and every requirement

The most important benefits at a glance: • constantly high processing quality • expedited supply of spare parts • up to 400 plates/hour with MWP 863-HS • industrial materials, made in Germany • economical consumption of energy and chemicals • intuitive operation, space-saving design • integrated water-saving system • long service life due to low-wear components • solid construction • low maintenance required

Low-chem processing machines


Technical setup Supporting construction

Folded and pressed sheet steel, welded profiled tubes and chemically resistant stainless steel


High-quality bearings for drive and squeezing rollers, low-wear plain bearings on brushes

Rubber rollers

Steel cores and stainless steel shafts, rubberised with special rubber coating

Brush rollers

Stainless steel cores and shafts with one brush, fine calibration


Feed with DC gear motor (electronic speed control), brush drive with three-phase AC worm gear motor


Low-wear submersible and magnetic centrifugal pumps

Chemical and water tanks

Separately integrated in the machine, easily accessible with feed filter, heating in the activator tank (electronically controlled)

Water consumption

Approx. 0.5 to 2Â liters, chemicals circulating within a circuit

The length of the inserting and exit tables can be modified according to customer demands. In general, inserting tables for inline applications have a shorter length (150 mm) because the imaged printing plate is fed to the processing machine via a transfer table. If the printing plate is manually (offline) fed to the processing machine, a longer inserting table is required. When using an automatic stacker, a shorter exit table is no longer required. In newspaper production, no exit table is used and the printing plate is directly fed to the bending machine.


Low-chem processing machines






Operating principle An exposed waterless printing plate is processed in 5 steps â&#x20AC;&#x201C; except for models KTW 450 (3 processing steps) and KTW 650 (4 processing steps). 1. Pre-treatment The plate passes through a tempered pre-treatment bath to soften the silicon in the image areas. 2. Brushing out After squeezing off the pre-treatment solution, the macerated silicone layer is removed with a rotating and oscillating brush. Pure tap water is used, the consumption of which is reduced to 0.5 to 2 litres per plate thanks to the implementation of a water saving system. The silicone rubber remnants are then washed out through the overflow. 3. Brushing out Step 2 is repeated to remove any remaining silicone residues.

For eco-friendly plate processing


4. After-treatment Once the silicone is removed, the printing plate is dyed with a special after-treatment solution by means of rotating and oscillating brushes, making the image area visible. 5. Rinsing The fully developed plate is rinsed with water in order to remove any residual dye. After a final squeezing, the printing plate is now dry and ready for printing. All processing machines feature a high level of workmanship and conform to German demands on quality. Spare parts for all types of processing machines are available immediately and for the long-term. Interested buyers are welcome to visit and test our development machines at any time at our Waterless Printing Centre in MĂźlheim an der Ruhr. Just call us on +49 (0)208 999 46 0 or send an e-mail to to schedule an appointment. marks-3zet news - Label Print Edition - 2013


World market leader with over 220 distributors and branches worldwide. marks-3zet is the inventor of the internationally known calibrated underpacking sheet − a real high tech product. UNDERPACKING MATERIALS • Calibrated underpacking sheets • Compressible underpacking sheets • Self-adhesive underpacking foils • Tympan paper WATERLESS OFFSET PRINTING • TORAY printing plates • Printing inks & auxiliary equipment • Chemical and cleaning agents PRE-PRESS STAGE • CTP systems • Workflow software • Developing machines • Plate transport systems WATERLESS PRINTING CENTRE • Seminars & training courses • Research and development • Extended printing hall PRINT & MEDIA CONSULT • Prepress configuration • Quality management • Cost reduction • Print job management • Environment • Security


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