CTI offers a full spectrum of advanced digital services to provide our customers with the tools and resources required to simplify the complexities of every project from concept to order fulfillment while ensuring quality control each step of the way.
Digital Photopolymer Plates
We offer one-stop solution, expertise for your packaging challenges, making the process go from complex to simple providing flexographic printing plates for the corrugated packaging sector.
CTI is a leading manufacturer of sheet flexo printing plates for corrugated printers. (we do not offer liquid polymer due to it’s low quality and inconsistency) With our high quality Heaford mounters, we can mount any flexographic plate to your specs in order to print on any corrugated box or packaging.
Flexo printing on a corrugated substrate requires a soft plate to make an impression with the ebbs of the corrugation. We inventory a variety of materials at any durometer needed to meet your demands. So whether you need loose .250 plates to mount in house, or a fully mounted multi color job, we can offer the right solution.
Digital Island Plates - Lightweight, One Piece
Digitally produced single sheet film masks provide for more efficient image ganging, plate material usage, press-time usage and minimized material waste.
Digital Coating Plates
Coating plates are ideal for laying down varnish highlights to make layout elements standout or for the entire printed surface. They can also be used to control adhesive laydown for the construction of cartons or other types of printed packaging. Common applications are:
• Inline finishing in sheetfed offset presses with flexo coating units.
• Off-line finishing in coating presses
• Spot and full surface coating on coated papers and board
• High resolution and print contrast
• High stability even with UV varnishes and inks
• Excellent dimensional stability due to thick polyester film
Digital Flat-Top Dot Plates
Flat top dot and surface screening technologies provide high quality print results in flexo printing. This reproduction process historically requires complex prepress processes and extended plate making with additional steps and equipment. At Color Technology we have developed an easy way to achieve the same high quality results faster and more economically for our customers by using the latest technology with nyloflex® FTF Digital plate for flexible packaging.
Digital Proofing and Roll-Off Proofs
It is paramount in flexographic printing to go to press with the right plates, ink & backing, in order to correctly produce the final print the first time. However, with a process that involves so many variables, accurate proofing and customer education becomes ever more important.
Research shows that consumers spend five seconds or less making their decision on what product to pick from the shelf - the brand color is a key to picking the product. Consistency and predictability of color in packaging is an important requirement.
Digital proofing has advantages, in that you can show a predicted result to clients using digital artwork, before committing time and expense to platemaking. This type of proof may highlight artwork errors (typically drop shadows or transparencies not working properly) as well as any color problems, that can then be fixed prior to making plates.